How to change your mind

In this edition of Brain Pickings, Maria Popova dives into Michael Pollan’s recent work titled ‘How to Change Your Mind’. His work dives into new studies and neuroscience exploring the benefits of treating depression, addiction, and iminent mortality with a rediscovered catylst that’s proven effective and rewiring our perspectives.

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An Illustrated Celebration of Jane Jacobs and Her Legacy of Livable Cities

What makes a place remarkable? Maria Popova explores the question through an exploration of Jane Jacobs life. Her conclusion: “Out of this arises the awareness that a city, like a niche in nature, is an ecosystem. The synergy of its various human and nonhuman components — neighborhoods, parks, stores, streets, sidewalks — is what makes

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10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings

Maria Popova blogs prolifically on the nature of a life well lived. She’s been doing it for ten years and has a following that numbers in the millions. And over the course of those years, she’s collected a list of ideas that make up that well-lived life. Check it out on her blog.  

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Trim Tabs: How Little Amounts of Pressure Affect Dramatic Change

Have you ever wondered how to affect change in your personal life, at work, on a team, in the world? It’s not as complicated as we imagine, especially if you embrace the idea acting as a trim tab. Learn how little becomes big in this article.

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Story Telling and Humanity, Our Essential Link Through Time

From fairy tales and nursery rhymes to books and modern movies, the ‘story’ is among the most quintessential of humanities creations. And they’re so ingrained in our lives that they’re often invisible and their intrinsic worth unrecognized.

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Personal Growth: The Two Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

If you're willing to embrace the idea that intellect and personality can be developed, you'll likely achieve more and lead happier lives. Get the details on a life of scientific research that has led to conclusions on leading a better life.

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Book Review: Einstein’s God

In science and religion, popular media has led us toward the idea that we must choose one or another. In Krista Tippet’s book, Einstein’s God, the reader is offered an alternative. If you don’t read the book, the review itself is well worth your time.

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