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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. Because creativity, after all, is a combinatorial force.