Blogs We Look At

1) Better Movement by Todd Hargrove

Straight from his website:

The main theme of this blog is probably that the brain and nervous system has more control over pain, strength, flexibility, and endurance than most people think. Another theme is that mainstream ideas about pain, posture and corrective exercise are riddled with misinformation.

Most of the positive feedback I receive about my writing is that it makes complex material easy to understand and apply.

Some frequents topics include:

  • pain science
  • the biomechanics of efficient movement
  • the neuroscience of motor control
  • the cortical body maps
  • complex systems
  • movement variability
  • play
  • developmental movement patterns
  • central governors
  • corrective exercise
  • the science of mind-body practices
  • common myths related to manual or movement therapies

 

2) Pain Science by Paul Ingraham

Straight from his website:

I study the science of aches and pains — mostly musculoskeletal stuff, which is often surprisingly weird and interesting — and translate it for patients and professionals, about 25,000 of you every day. I try to make it much friendlier than an institutional health care site, and yet more scholarly than most health blogs. I put emphasis on self-help for the patient, empowerment through education, but many professionals come here too — because everyone appreciates clear, simple language about complex problems.

PainScience.com is now far more popular than I ever dreamed of when I started more than ten years ago: a huge wiki-like library of hundreds of evolving articles, plus several really big tutorials about maddeningly stubborn pain problems like neck pain or iliotibial band syndrome. I maintain a giant database of pain science studies (with hundreds of plain English summaries), and I blog about a lot of funny and odd items as I go. See the home page for more ideas about where to start.

 

3) Wait But Why by Tim Urban

Just check it out.

 

4) Brainpickings by Maria Popova

Straight from her website:

Brain Pickings is my one-woman labor of love — a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why. Mostly, it’s a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life.

Founded in 2006 as a weekly email that went out to seven friends and eventually brought online, the site was included in the Library of Congress permanent web archive in 2012.

Here’s a little bit about my seven most important learnings from the journey so far.

The core ethos behind Brain Pickings is that creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources — knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and all the fragments populating our minds — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways. In order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new ideas.