Rarely do I find random sites on the web that give me food for thought. Sure, I love The Guardian, The Atlantic, the Vanity Fair archives and other news sites but thought provoking content is rare outside of these obvious sources. Brainpickings is a site that has multiple authors and a wealth of articles in the archives bound to provide you with interesting viewpoints.

The site is the brain child of Maria Popova who also writes for Wired UK and The Atlantic, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. Topics covered include art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology and anthropology. Phew!

My recent favourite articles have included a piece on Kurt Vonnegut’s belief that you can only fall in love three times in your life (I guess that’s me done then!); a video piece on the science of your brain on alcohol; obscure children’s books by authors of adult literature; and cultural icons on the meaning of life.

There’s tons to read on Brainpickings so have a gander at the weekend and be educated as well as entertained!

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