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“According to one popular conception of science that goes all the way back to Francis Bacon’s invention of it in 1620, scientific endeavor is all about getting answers from nature. That said, given the quality of answers one gets depends conspicuously on the quality of the questions one asks, scientific inquiries lacking in intrepidity, imagination, and insight are likely to yield little more than scientifically validated tedium.”

Brainpickings does it again, sharing with us “The Happiness of Pursuit: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About the Good Life”, by Shimon Edelman in which he “takes an unconventional — and cautiously self-aware of its own unorthodoxy — lens to the holy grail of human existence, blending hard science with literature and philosophy to reverse-engineer the brain’s capacity for well-being. definition of science as “systematic wonder”.

This quote holds a lot of truth…”The quality of answers depends on the quality of the questions asked.” Read more over at Brainpickings HERE!

Go Steven Johnson…

“…if we’re going to encourage more innovation, it’s not enough for us to just dig in and work harder. We also need to encourage surprise and serendipity. We need to play each other’s instruments.” ~ Steven Johnson

Read a review over at Brainpickings HERE!

“And remember also,” added the Princess of sweet Rhyme, “that many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond your reach. But someday you’ll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.”

- from the Phantom Tollbooth

I just found this old quote from the Phantom Tollbooth (which recently celebrated its 50th birthday) and, as this quote illustrates, if you have never read this book, you must. simple as that.


Apparently these book sculptures have been popping up all around Edinburgh – and no one knows who is doing them and where they come form, but they all have tags attached with a short note about the beauty of libraries, books, words, ideas…

Mysterious, ey? Read the whole story HERE!


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Platvorm’s Papiria Upcycled Book Wall Encourages Kids to Read and Write

June 27, 2011 //
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Pelican Books via Ric Gravina

June 22, 2011 //
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Sam Winston: Dictionary Story book

April 10, 2011 //

Sam Winston’s Dictionary Story book explores words and what happens if if they took on their own meanings – both inside the narrative and also typographically on the page. Found this over at today.

From the back cover – From order to chaos and back to order, Sam Winston’s Dictionary Story graphically illustrates the balance between a world that’s safe but boring and a high risk universe full of creative possibilities.
Like people, the alphabetically constrained words yearn to release their individual potential. They want to escape the dictionary’s regimentation and come together to tell a story. But when the words break free, so do their letters. They scatter and tumble across the page, reflecting meaning through visual representation. For a time it’s wild and exciting but when things look to be getting out of hand the Alphabet arrives to remind everyone of their responsibilities. Order returns… but the world and it’s words will never be quite the same again.

Check out more of his portfolio HERE and buy the Dictionary Story book HERE!


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“Clients From Hell” Puts Designer Rage on the Page via Co.Design

March 31, 2011 //

this looks like a lovely book to keep in the office…

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