Articles by Maria Popova, BrainPickings

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We Are a Cosmic Accident: Alan Lightman on Dark Energy, the Multiverse, and Why We Exist
Maria Popova, BrainPickings – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2014

Questions like ‘why our world exists’ and ‘what nothing is’ have occupied minds great and ordinary since the dawn of humanity, and yet for all our scientific progress, they continue to do so, yielding only hypotheses rather than concrete answers.

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Henry Hikes to Fitchburg: Lovely Illustrated Children’s Adaptation of Thoreau’s Philosophy, Full of Universal Wisdom for All
Maria Popova, BrainPickings – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2013

An existential walk into what money can and can’t buy. “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” Annie Dillard wrote in her sublime meditation on presence vs. productivity.

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