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“Here are a few bookmarks from my reading on the road and at home. You can share your thoughts and reactions online using #SightReading. Happy reading!” –Yo-Yo Ma

Creative thought has a pattern of its own, brain activity scans reveal

By Ian Sample | The Guardian
Can creativity be taught?

Take Fate by the Throat: Beethoven on Creative Vitality and Resilience in the Face of Suffering

By Maria Popova | Brain Pickings
Life is art, art is life

Beyond Anger

By Martha C. Nussbaum | Aeon
It is empathy, not payback, that we should demand in times of rage

Elite Universities Don’t Get Failure

By Joshua Spodek | Inc.
Failure isn't something to be afraid of; it's one of the keys to growth

The life-changing magic of getting a person to change their mind—even yourself

By Suzanne Cope | Quartz
Can empathy be taught?

How Pasteur’s Artistic Insight Changed Chemistry

By Joanna Klein | The New York Times
How can art spark the next great idea?

Humanizing, harmonizing effects of music aren’t a myth

By La Monica Everett-Haynes | Science Daily
Music can teach us empathy

How Covenants Make Us

By David Brooks | The New York Times
"Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. Your people shall be my people"

Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should be Too

By Alex Soojung-Kim Pang | Nautilus
Can the great minds of the past teach us how to be better thinkers?

Who Killed the Iceman? Clues Emerge in a Very Cold Case

By Rod Nordland | The New York Times
Crime Scene Investigation: Copper Age edition!