There are a lot of different mediums in which we can learn and obtain knowledge. One method, that is often under appreciated by many, is following the work of public intellectuals. In the words of Friedrich Hayek, “The role of the public intellectual is to communicate the complex and specialized knowledge of the scientist to the general public.” Public intellectuals vary widely with their spectrum of worldviews and ideas- and are often the source of the many fiery debates in the heart of politics. Indeed, it is they who shape the ideologies that societies come to accept. I thought I’d share a few that I’ve come to know and respect over the years. Enjoy!
Sam Harris @SamHarrisOrg
Sam Harris is a philosopher, author and neuroscientist. Sam is probably the closest person in this world that I would consider a role model. His values of discovering truth and having a rational mindset is something I’ve always admired and have tried to follow in my own life. His ability to discuss extremely controversial issues in a controlled manner is something I think everyone can aspire to. I recommend Sam’s Waking Up Podcast in addition to his books.
Alain de Botton @alaindebotton
Alain is a Swiss-born, British-based philosopher that runs the popular web series The School of Life. He covers a variety of topics including: psychotherapy, relationships, literature, art, economics, and my favorite- the ideas of past philosophers. Alain offers something for everyone and I highly recommend checking out his videos in addition to his books.
Maria Popova @BrainPicker
Maria is a writer and philosopher known for her popular blog BrainPickings. Her writings focus on culture, history, books, philosophy and eclectic subjects from around the internet. I’ve been reading her blog for the last two years and I’m always consistently thrilled to read the new articles she publishes. I highly recommend following Maria on Twitter for some funny banter and checking out some of her articles.