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Brain Pickings
I am in no way affiliated with Brain Pickings or its founder, Maria Popova, but I admire both Tremendously.


Lighting The Brain: Karl Deisseroth and the optogenetics breakthrough.


Deisseroth graduated from high school at sixteen and won a scholarship to Harvard, where he planned to major in creative writing. Instead, he ended up getting a degree in biochemistry, and was admitted, at the age of twenty, to Stanford’s combined M.D. and Ph.D. program. Motivated by a desire to better understand human nature, he Read More

The Buffett Formula


Eventually finding and reading productive material became second nature, a habit. As he began his investing career, he would read even more, hitting 600, 750, even 1,000 pages a day. Combs discovered that Buffett’s formula worked, giving him more knowledge that helped him with what became his primary job — seeking the truth about potential Read More

An Extensive Browser For The Pattern-Making Machine


ADVERTISING legend JAMES WEBB YOUNG ON THE PROFESSIONAL IMPORTANCE OF CROSS-DISCIPLINARY CURIOSITY. “Every really good creative person in advertising whom I have ever known has always had two noticeable characteristics. First, there was no subject under the sun in which he could not easily get interested—from, say, Egyptian burial customs to modern art. Every facet Read More

Like A Chemist Combining Elements


On one of my favorite episodes of the Radiolab podcast, James Shapiro speaks for a bit on the combinatorial nature of William Shakespeare’s use of language—that is, the way Shakespeare creatively combined words to create new concepts and phrases: …Shakespeare behaved not so much as a writer but more like a “chemist combining elements.” James is a Read More