Articles by Maria Popova
How to Love: Legendary Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on Mastering the Art of "Interbeing"
Maria Popova “To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.”
An Obscure German Philosopher's Timely 1948 Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Human Dignity in a Culture of Workaholism
Maria Popova “Leisure lives on affirmation. It is not the same as the absence of activity … or even as an inner quiet. It is rather like the stillness in the conversation of lovers, which...
The Oldest Living Things in the World: A Decade-Long Photographic Masterpiece at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Philosophy
Maria Popova What a 13,000-year-old eucalyptus tree reveals about the meaning of human life. “Our overblown intellectual faculties seem to be telling us both that we are eternal and that...
How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently
Maria Popova “Just how charitable are you supposed to be when criticizing the views of an opponent?”
Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Consumption Over People and Creativity
Maria Popova “Work and leisure are complementary parts of the same living process and cannot be separated without destroying the joy of work and the bliss of leisure.”
The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan's Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking
Maria Popova Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood. Carl Sagan was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic...
How To Be a Nonconformist: 22 Irreverent Illustrated Steps to Counterculture Cred from 1968
Maria Popova “Avoid socks. They are a fatal giveaway of a phony nonconformist.” “Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?,” James Thurber asked in the caption to a 1958...