Beautiful people of tumblr, I would like all of you to know I met Christa and Kristina today, and I want all of you to know how happy I am. They are literally some of the only reasons I’m here today. So many times I’ve just had it so rough and didn’t want to live anymore and just felt worthless, and I honestly just wanted to die, but then they gave me hope. They told me that they loved me during my sad days. They told me to love myself, and not to put myself down. They are so sweet and such role models and it means so much to me that they actually cared enough to take time out of their vacation to come and meet me tonight. Christa and Kristina, you guys are amazing and funny and overall just some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met in my whole entire life, like you don’t even understand. I love you both so much it’s insane. I hope I get to see you guys again because I love you both so much. Please never stop being the amazing people you are, I love you both with everything I have and am. So once again, thank you. ❤

Exploring Canada (and Beyond) with Rocket Scientist Natalie Panek

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Exploring the outdoors makes Calgary-native Natalie Panek (@natalie_panek) happy — but she wants to trek far past the Canadian wilderness. “I’m working on a Mars rover program right now,” says Panek. “I have this long-term dream of wanting to travel to space.”

The 31-year-old rocket scientist has crossed a bunch off her bucket list: She earned a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, she helped build a solar-powered car and drove it across North America … and she recently met Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau (@justinpjtrudeau), as part of #educationCAN. “It was so cool to really have someone who’s interested in hearing what young people have to say and having their voices shape the future of Canada,” she says. On #CanadaDay, instead of working on her ticket to space, Natalie is adventuring closer to home in Alberta’s Jasper National Park. “There’s so many places to see right in our own backyard.”

Since I get asked a lot about where to learn more about the human brain and behaviour, I’ve made a masterpost of books, websites, videos and online courses to introduce yourself to that piece of matter that sits between your ears.


  • The Brain Book  by Rita Carter
  • The Pyschology Book (a good starter book)  by DK
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow  by Daniel Kahneman
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking  by Susan Cain
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat  by Oliver Sacks
  • The Brain: The Story of You  by David Eagleman
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science  by Norman Doidge
  • This Is Your Brain on Music  by Daniel Levitin
  • The Autistic Brain by Richard Panek and Temple Grandin (highly reccomended)
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind  by Yuval Noah Harari (not really brain-related, but it is single handedly the best book I have ever read)


Videos & Youtube Channels

Online Courses