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Welcome, fellow rock dwelling chimps

Daniel Broughan is an artist and storyteller. Creator of 4 childrens picture books and currently building fun, educational software for kids with Reading.com. His crypto artwork is on display in the Async Gallery and he (mostly) does all this in the pursuit of ignorance without getting too serious.

What does it mean to pursue ignorance?

When it comes to epistemology (the study of what knowledge even is and how it comes to be), there is no finish line in sight. Our perception of base reality comes from the fallibile interpretations of the tiny electrical neurons firing in our brains. We do not experience base reality. This distorted perception cannot be ignored. The best we can do is try reduce some uncertainty here and there, and sure have a bit of a laugh while we're at it.

"Education is not about filling buckets. It's about lighting fires."

W. B. Yeats

For example, when it comes to education, we beat facts into our children and have them take tests based on this rote memory. We don't question our perceptions of the world enough. Instead, we should openly embrace our discomfort of ignorance and ignite our natural curiosities to pursue what we do not yet know.

"Art should not tell you how to think.
It should inspire more questions."

Daniel said says that. Annoyingly often.

Who is Daniel Broughan?

Daniel is an artist and storyteller in the pursuit of ignorance.

While most artists tend to specialize in one particular craft, Daniel's curiosity spans multiple media, such as picture books, philosophy, epistemology, coding, painting, software design, illustration and of course physics.

“Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

Daniel has just completed his 4th picture book, Shush Robot! and is currently working on the next one, Leap!. He is also creating an exciting new children's educational app with teaching.com, which will be released in 2021.

Back in 2015, Daniel had a successful Kickstarter for his Peak Story Picture Book Trilogy and has since been pushing the exploration of his artistic style and voice. As a visual artist and storyteller, the underlying themes throughout Daniel's works is his search for understanding of what it truly means to be human, with a gansey load of his Irish humor.

Daniel grew up in 🇮🇪 Ireland on the outskirts of Dublin and as a spanking new 🇺🇸 US citizen, currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and three children.


obliviouschimp mission
Pain is not only inevitable, it is the proven necessity for growth. Yet when the toddler falls we coddle and deny them this gift of agitation. We stunt ourselves and others when cowering from pain. Building on top of the best in neuroscience and philosophy, obliviouschimp creates children’s books as tools to lean into that pain in a unique, fun (yep, fun!) and memorable way.

Daniel Broughan@obliviouschimp

New
Shush Robot!

Hilarious shout-out-loud wordplay experience focused on igniting self-expression

Coming soon
Leap!

Action > Theory!


Experiments

For those of you interested in Daniel's non-linear iterative path to obliviouschimp
Crypto Art

A collection of my NFT works available now

Learn about Daniel

This is me. Hello!

For grownups
Alex and Astro

A cerebral comic series

The Dad List

Free, easy, and fun games to play with your kids when you just can't think of what to play

Animal Tees

Premium tees and other merchandise

Peak Story Trilogy (2015)

A picture book trilogy that shows anything of value requires persistence and love

Chimp Illustrations

Getting loose with lines

Chimp in a cloud

The oblivious chimp

Irish people talk funny!

The mannerisms of an eclectic bunch

Best of the best

A collection of research from the best minds

Start here

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