Nick Cave on Creativity as an Instrument of Self-Forgiveness and the Necessity of Hope in a Fragile World — Brain Pickings

In praise of “the necessary and urgent need to love life and one another, despite the casual cruelty of the world.” The world reveals itself through our engagement with it — a truth as true in the “It for Bit” sense of physics as it in the Dzogchen sense of Tibetan Buddhism. It is the…

Nick Cave on Creativity as an Instrument of Self-Forgiveness and the Necessity of Hope in a Fragile World — Brain Pickings

M.C. Escher on Loneliness, Creativity, and How Rachel Carson Inspired His Art, with a Side of Bach — Brain Pickings

“A person who is lucidly aware of the miracles that surround him, who has learned to bear up under the loneliness, has made quite a bit of progress on the road to wisdom.” “If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in,” Rachel Carson wrote as she contemplated the loneliness…

M.C. Escher on Loneliness, Creativity, and How Rachel Carson Inspired His Art, with a Side of Bach — Brain Pickings

Bridging the Island Universes of Our Experience: Aldous Huxley on Making Sense of Ourselves and Each Other — Brain Pickings

“To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves.” Conversing with a symphonic-minded physicist and a science-spirited musician on a small boat off the coast of a small island, I express my skepticism that the swell of digital records…

Bridging the Island Universes of Our Experience: Aldous Huxley on Making Sense of Ourselves and Each Other — Brain Pickings

The Music of Trees: Improvisation, Iteration, and the Science of Immortality — Brain Pickings

“Potentially, every tree is immortal.” Hermann Hesse believed that if we could learn to listen to the trees, we would achieve profound perspective on our human lives by grasping the deepest meaning of aliveness. He used listening in the metaphorical sense. But the great existential gift of trees — to us in the metaphors they…

The Music of Trees: Improvisation, Iteration, and the Science of Immortality — Brain Pickings