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Before Muybridge: Pioneering Nineteenth-Century Motion Photography by French Scientist Étienne-Jules Marey
Before Muybridge: Pioneering Nineteenth-Century Motion Photography by French Scientist Étienne-Jules Marey

What biking in the nude has to do with bird flight and the dawn of cinema.

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Famous Creators on the Fear of Failure
Famous Creators on the Fear of Failure

Embracing what is, or how to fail like the world’s most successful creatives.

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Fictional Interviews with Luminaries
Kurt Vonnegut’s Fictional Interviews with Luminaries

What near-death experiences have to do with Shakespeare, Jesus and Isaac Asimov.

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The Filter Bubble: Algorithm vs. Curator & the Value of Serendipity
The Filter Bubble: Algorithm vs. Curator & the Value of Serendipity

How the web gives us what we want to see, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

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New Dawn, New Day: Introducing the New Brain Pickings
New Dawn, New Day: Introducing the New Brain Pickings

Today is a big day here, for today is the day that Brain Pickings sheds a skin that never quite fit and is reborn into what it always aimed to be, visually and editorially.

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Out of Character: The Psychology of Good and Evil
Out of Character: The Psychology of Good and Evil

What Aristotle has to do with Tiger Woods and the story of the world.

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