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The On Being Project

Maria Popova

Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age

She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really delivers, to hundreds of thousands of people each day, is wisdom of the old-fashioned sort, presented in new-fashioned digital ways. She cross-pollinates — between philosophy and design, physics and poetry, the intellectual and the experiential. We explore her gleanings on what it means to lead a good life — intellectually, creatively, and spiritually.

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    Maria Popova

    is the creator and editor of Brain Pickings and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. She has written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab.