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The On Being Project

Maria Popova and Natalie Batalha

Cosmic Imagining, Civic Pondering

A literary thinker with a “telescopic view of time”; an astrophysicist with an eye to “cultural evolution towards good.” What unfolds between these two is joyous, dynamic, and unexpectedly vulnerable — rich with cosmic imagining, civic pondering, and even some fresh definitions of the soul. A live taping from the inaugural On Being Gathering at the 1440 Multiversity in California.

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  • Maria Popova

    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.

  • Natalie Batalha

    Natalie Batalha

    is an astrophysicist at NASA’s Ames Research Center and the project scientist for NASA's Kepler Mission.