We are jut starting this collection of links and names that we believe are well worth exploring. They will include organizations, thinkers, scientists, writers, poets and religious figures.
New additions can be found on top, with older listings in alphabetical order, by firt name where applicable.
Learn about Philosophy with professors from Yale, Stanford, Oxford, MIT, and more! 130+ animated videos. An official Khan Academy Partner. Our mission is to introduce people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining, interesting and accessible to people with no background in the subject.
At Crash Course, We believe that high-quality educational videos should be available to everyone for free. The crash course team has produced more than 15 courses to date, and these videos accompany High School and Colledge Level classes ranging from Humanities to the Sciences.
Crash course transforms the traditional textbook model by representing information in a fast-paced format, enhancing the learning experience.
With hundreds of millions of views on our youtube channel, crash course has a worldwide audience in and out of the classroom. While the show is an immensely helpful tool for student and teachers, it also has a large viewership of casual learners who seek out online educational content independently. It has changed attitudes towards education by creating a community of learners.
Alain De Botton
His books discuss various contemporary subjects and themes, emphasizing philosophy’s relevance to everyday life.
In our digital age, we’re drowning in information. Here at Big Think, we believe that success in the future is all about knowing the ideas that allow you to manage and master this universe of information. Therefore, we aim to help you move above and beyond random information, toward real knowledge, offering big ideas from fields outside your own that you can apply toward the questions and challenges in your own life.
The Book Of Life
It’s called The Book of Life because it’s about the most substantial things in your life: your relationships, your income, your career, your anxieties.
There’s always been a longing to gather the important things in one place. Some of the appeal of a Bible or the collected works of a big name author is the sense that amidst all the chaos and disparate sources of knowledge, someone has taken the trouble to distill, to compress, to say what is essential. In a world overflowing with information, what we most need is curation. The Book of Life aims to be the curation of the best and most helpful ideas in the area of emotional life.
Ultimately, life is only 700,000 hours long so we have to make sure the ideas we need don’t get lost – or take too long to find.
An Astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, and astrobiologist. He made science accessible and inspiring. He was considered a great educator. He helped assemble the first physical messages sent into space for intelligent beings to find. He wrote excellent fictional books as well a large number of scientific publications. He created the television series Cosmos: A personal Voyage. His wonderful ability to express the importance of science, as well as create a sense of wonder and beauty around it make all his works worth exploring
The word ikar means “the essence” or “the heart of the matter.”
IKAR is a leading edge Jewish community in Los Angeles that seeks to inspire people across the religious spectrum and is reverberating across the country. Fusing piety and hutzpah, tradition and imagination, activism and spiritual practice, IKAR seeks to reclaim the essence (the ikar) of Judaism and to help redefine what it means to be Jewish today.
Marilynne Robinson’s novels and essays manage to be serious without being solemn. They exude a sense of sensuous feeling but also rigorous thinking. She is concerned with how we should live, with the idea of the world as a sort of gift to us, which requires us to notice what we have been offered, and to study it, to appreciate it and to dramatize its textures and contours.
In her essays, in which she displays a questioning spirit, she is concerned with belief and tradition, with the relationship between God and the mind and the word. Robinson is determined to be as intelligent as possible, but also to offer images and impressions that are rich in their implications, which allow for the mysterious as well as the concrete, the uncertain as well as the sure.
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III
Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality. Dr. Moss is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice.
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A Persian and Sunni Muslim. He was a great Mystic, Theologian, Poet and Jurist who lived from 1207 – 1273. His poetry has been translated into many languages and can be found both online, in libraries and on sites such as Amazon.
The School of Life
The School of Life is devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. We address such issues as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one’s past, how to achieve calm, and how better to understand and, where necessary change, the world.
Headquartered in London, we operate around the globe. We produce videos, articles and books, and make and sell a range of products to assist you in the quest for a more fulfilled life. We share new content several times a week and run classes and special events in major cities around the world. We also run a consulting and training service for businesses.
The School of Life is a place to step back and think intelligently about central emotional concerns. You will never be cornered by dogma, but we will direct you towards a variety of ideas from the humanities – from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – ideas that will exercise, stimulate and expand your mind. Through our digital channels and branches, you will meet other curious, sociable and open-minded people in an atmosphere of exploration and enjoyment.
Based in Los Angeles, Rabbi Sharon Brous is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, a community built in 2004 that has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. IKAR’s goal is to reinvigorate Jewish religious and spiritual practice, inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice in counter-testimony to the small-minded extremism now prevalent in so many religious communities.