Brain Pickings

Reads tagged with “religion”

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Little-Known Children’s Book About Christmas and Hope Amid Humanity’s Darkest Hour
Eleanor Roosevelt’s Little-Known Children’s Book About Christmas and Hope Amid Humanity’s Darkest Hour

“The times are so serious that even children should be made to understand that there are vital differences in people’s beliefs which lead to differences in behavior.”

read article

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Intelligent Design as a Philosophy of Ignorance
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Intelligent Design as a Philosophy of Ignorance

Why even Newton was susceptible to cognitive cop-outs.

read article

Ray Bradbury’s Unpublished Poems and His Meditation on Science vs. Religion
Ray Bradbury’s Unpublished Poems and His Meditation on Science vs. Religion

“It is a small thing, this dear gift of life handed us mysteriously out of immensity.”

read article

What Makes a Classic? Lessons from the Chinese Book of Changes
What Makes a Classic? Lessons from the Chinese Book of Changes

What an ancient Chinese divination manual reveals about the design and anthropology of great literature.

read article

5 Art and Design Projects Inspired by Literary Classics
5 Art and Design Projects Inspired by Literary Classics

From James Joyce to Jonah, or what the Brontë Sisters’ objectification of men has to do with Holden Caulfield.

read article

One-Minute Animated Primers on Major Theories of Religion
One-Minute Animated Primers on Major Theories of Religion

From Karl Marx to Richard Dawkins in 60 seconds.

read article

Richard Feynman on the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society
Richard Feynman on the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society

“In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar — ajar only.”

read article

John Updike on the Universe and Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing
John Updike on the Universe and Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing

“The mystery of being is a permanent mystery, at least given the present state of the human brain.”

read article

The Life of Rumi in Rare Islamic Manuscript Paintings from the 1590s
The Life of Rumi in Rare Islamic Manuscript Paintings from the 1590s

read article

Religion for Atheists: Alain de Botton on What Education and the Arts Can Learn from Faith
Religion for Atheists: Alain de Botton on What Education and the Arts Can Learn from Faith

How to glean secular models for engagement and inspiration from religious rituals.

read article

View Full Site

Brain Pickings participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon. In more human terms, this means that whenever you buy a book on Amazon from a link on here, I receive a small percentage of its price, which goes straight back into my own colossal biblioexpenses. Privacy policy.