The internet is place that feels both infinite and finite, open and closed. While the strings of the world wide web could ostensibly stretch out for forever, most people actually experience the internet in a closed off way, heading to a handful of the same sites everyday, unaware of the buzz of millions of voices that surround them. I am a link lover, I click on link after link in a search (sometimes frenzied) of the new and the interesting. And that is how I happened upon Brain Pickings. The brainchild of Maria Popova, a write for The Atlantic and Wired UK, it is a site where you can spend hour discovering.
In Popova’s own words:
Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are.
Because creativity, after all, is a combinatorial force. It’s our ability to tap into the mental pool of resources — ideas, insights, knowledge, inspiration — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways. In order for us to truly create and contribute to culture, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these ideas and build new ideas — like LEGOs. The more of these building blocks we have, and the more diverse their shapes and colors, the more interesting our creations will become.
The internet is a well of information, and Brain Pickings is a useful bucket down the well, a source for rumination and creativity to fester. Go, read, learn.