Sight Reading Archives | Yo-Yo Ma

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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

The biological origins of culture

By Nathan Gardels | The Washington Post
Reason + Emotion = Culture

Novelist Haruki Murakami has good advice on what you can do when life looks dark

By Ephrat Livni | Quartz
" way to heal the world is to be in it and offer your gifts."

Is There a Limit to Scientific Understanding?

By Martin Rees | The Atlantic
Science enlightens us to phenomena of the universe, but often it fails to help us understand the everyday

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