EXPLORE: the wonders of the unknown

By Teresa de Andrés. November 8, 2012


'The work I did is the work I know, and the work I do is the work I don’t know. That’s why I can’t tell you, I don’t know what I’m doing. And it’s the not knowing that makes it interesting'. (Philip Glass)

Some Greek philosopher said that the sense of wonder of the man-child is one of the main reasons why we are still moving. Beating with life. But the 21st century global village is not the 5th century Athens and nor you or are Plato, Anaximenes or Heraclitus. A logic impulse would be to think we don’t need it. Most of the time all we have to do is resort to one single word: Internet. And it’s true: these days there is no need to be a philosopher. There is no need because we need more, much more. And above all, something new.
Knowledge is elusive, curious, ambiguous. Sometimes even lazy. The overabundance of information torments us and we run the risk of ending up paralyzed when faced with the choice of infinite possibilities. I have seen men frozen in the last aisle of a supermarket, speechless and with vacant gaze, trying to choose from sixty-two different ice-cream flavours. How to (not) stay curious when everything that surrounds us is new and unknown? When we lack the tools to distinguish between what is essential and what is unnecessary? In which noisy and aseptic room did we lose our sense of wonder? We take comfort from the constant promise that knowledge is out there, ready be boarded, at the reach of our fingertips. But very often we go to bed knowing even less than the day before. We need more time to catch up with all the time that precedes us.
Luckily, from time to time we find guide-projects that become indispensable. That’s the case with Explore, 'a discovery engine for things you didn't know you were interested in, until you are'. A web-shaped tool to find 'meaningful knowledge, fueled by cross-disciplinary curiosity', with the unwearying Maria Popova at the helm. This untiring explorer, who is behind the influential cultural blog Brain Pickings, splits into two again for a good reason: to keep us awake. Curious. Awed. The limit? Every quote, picture, text or diagram that does not fall within the areas of Art & Design, Science & Technology, Culture & Society, History & Literature, Creativity & Innovation, Media & Communication, Thought & Opinion.
Scientia potentia est.

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