It is Follow Friday! This is a blogging meme in which authors recommend other blogs, websites, repositories, or anything else. In keeping with the theme of this blog, I will spotlight different resources for professional and aspiring professional genealogists each week: not only genealogy-related, but also others of interest.
I did not want to do this. Really? Two “brain-related” blogs in back-to-back weeks?
But Brain Pickings has been so great since I started reading it 2-3 weeks ago, that I simply had to recommend the site. Unlike Litemind (reviewed last week), Brain Pickings does not offer practical advice on how to increase your mental prowess or your problem-solving abilities. Instead, BP simply addresses Thought and the Mind in a general sense and in their manifestations through other’s work.
The author, Maria Popova (who also writes for Wired and The Atlantic), describes BP thus:
Brain Pickings is a discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.
Some of the recent posts that forced me to mention this blog are:
- “Monoculture: How Our Era’s Dominant Story Shapes Our Lives” This post discusses how each historic era has an overriding philosophy that informs most aspects of that era’s cultures.
- “Computational Linguistics: What Our Word Choice Reveals About Us” This post discusses just how revealing the use of pronouns actually is.
- “Metropopular: If Cities Could Speak” Great animated clip of anthropomorphized cities with the “personalities” that we generally associate with those cities.
- “Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns for the Information Age” Amazing and beautiful examples of infographics and visualizing data.
And these are only a few of the posts that Maria has published in the past three days! Go back a few weeks and you will see why I simply had to recommend this blog.