5 intellectually stimulating websites

5 intellectually stimulating websites


1. brainpickings.org


Brain Pickings is the brain child of Maria Popova, an interestingness hunter-gatherer and curious mind at large, who also writes for Wired UK and The Atlantic, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. She has gotten occasional help from a handful of guest contributors.

Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are.


2. Worrydream.com



‘I intend to invernt the medium and representations in which the scientists, engineers, and artists of the next century will understand and create systems.’ -Bret victor


3. Quora.com



Quora’s mission is to share and grow the world’s knowledge.
Quora is your best source of knowledge. Ask any question, get real answers from people with first hand experience, and blog about what you know.


4. Craigmod.com


Essays about the future of books, digital reading, publishing and storytelling. Also, print, interactive and photographic cross cultural projects. Craig Mod is an independent writer, designer and publisher usually in San Francisco, California, but often in Tokyo and New York, too.


5. xkcd.com



‘It’s not actually an acronym. It’s just a word with no phonetic pronunciation — a treasured and carefully-guarded point in the space of four-character strings.’

‘I was going through old math/sketching graph paper notebooks and didn’t want to lose some of the work in them, so I started scanning pages. I took the more comic-y ones and put them up on a server I was testing out, and got a bunch of readers when BoingBoing linked to me. I started drawing more seriously, gained a lot more readers, started selling t-shirts on the site, and am currently shipping t-shirts and drawing this comic full-time. It’s immensely fun and I really appreciate y’all’s support.’

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