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A Rewilding of the Human Heart in a Lyrical Illustrated Invocation of Nature – Brain Pickings

The Lost Spells: A Rewilding of the Human Heart in a Lyrical Illustrated Invocation of Nature

“A leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars,” the young Walt Whitman sang in one of the finest poems from his Song of Myself — the aria of a self that seemed to him then, as it always seems to the young, infinite and invincible. But when a paralytic…

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National Trust chair praises BLM as a ‘human rights movement with no party-political affiliations’

Tim Parker, he has been chair of the National Trust since 2014

National Trust chair praises Black Lives Matter as a ‘human rights movement with no party-political affiliations’ despite UK arm calling for an end to capitalism and the ‘abolition’ of the police Tim Parker risks alienating the Trust’s 5.6 million members with his statement  His view came in letter in response to report that found a…

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Astronomer Natalie Batalha Reads Dylan Thomas’s Cosmic Serenade to Trees and the Wonder of Being Human – Brain Pickings

Being but Men: Astronomer Natalie Batalha Reads Dylan Thomas’s Cosmic Serenade to Trees and the Wonder of Being Human

Trees are unworded thoughts, periscopes of perspective. They are both less alive than we think and more sentient than we thought. In them, we see what we are and see what we can be. From them, we draw our best metaphors for love, for art, for happiness. Crowning the canon of branched reflections on what…

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Bertrand Russell on the Two Pillars of Human Flourishing – Brain Pickings

The Love of Truth and the Truth of Love: Bertrand Russell on the Two Pillars of Human Flourishing

In the mid-1950s, as the icy terror of the Cold War was cloaking the embering rubble of two World Wars, the BBC producer and cartoonist Hugh Burnett envisioned an unexampled program to serve both as a cross-cultural bridge and a mirror beaming back to a dimmed and discomposed humanity the noblest and most beautiful ideas…

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Helen Macdonald on Eclipses as an Antidote to Ideologies of Otherness and a Portal to Human Connection – Brain Pickings

The Sun, the Shadow, and the Unselved Self: Helen Macdonald on Eclipses as an Antidote to Ideologies of Otherness and a Portal to Human Connection

Just when you begin rueing that nothing original could possibly remain to be written about the cosmic spectacle of a total solar eclipse — after astronomer Maria Mitchell’s pioneering essay detailing the science and enchantment of the 1869 eclipse, after Virginia Woolf’s arresting 1927 account of total darkness in the celestial lighthouse, after Annie Dillard’s…

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Wall of Moms: Mothers form human shield to protect Portland protesters – National

Wall of Moms: Mothers form human shield to protect Portland protesters - National

Mothers came together in Portland, Ore., to form a human shield — a Wall of Moms — to protect activists protesting the treatment of Black people in the U.S. Protests over police brutality and racial inequality in the wake of George Floyd‘s death have been ongoing for more than 50 days. Read more: Portland protests…

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Coleridge on the Interplay of Terror and Transcendence in Nature and Human Nature – Brain Pickings

The Storm, the Rainbow, and the Soul: Coleridge on the Interplay of Terror and Transcendence in Nature and Human Nature

“Place and a mind may interpenetrate till the nature of both is altered,” the great Scottish mountaineer and poet Nan Shepherd wrote in her tiny, tremendous masterpiece The Living Mountain. A couple of mountain ranges south, a century and a half earlier, the great Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21, 1772–July 25, 1834) captured…

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