Monday, October 20, 2014
Welcome to the Wisdom Research Network

Wisdom was once regarded as a subject worthy of rigorous scholarly inquiry in order to understand its nature and benefits; however until recently wisdom has been relatively overlooked as a topic for serious scholarly and scientific investigation. It is difficult to imagine a subject more central to the highest aspirations of being human.  The study of wisdom holds great promise for shedding light on and opening up new insights for human flourishing.

Supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation, six research projects led by University of Chicago faculty, in collaboration with scientists at other institutions, will investigate big questions in the field that have the greatest potential of influencing research, education, policy and professions: What is the relationship between expertise and wisdom? How does experience increase wisdom? What is the relationship between cognitive, social and emotional processes in mediating wisdom?

As part of the Wisdom Research project, the Wisdom Research Network website features the latest news and publications on wisdom science, and encourages interdisciplinary discussions about how wisdom can play a role in the professions and in public life.

Do you have Ba?
What is the key to knowledge creation? According to Japanese researchers Ikujiro Nonaka and Toshihiro Nishiguchi, organizations must have what they call “ba”, an energy that is dependent on a culture of love, care, trust, and compassion.
Performing phronesis: On the way to engaged judgment
When faced with uncertainty, wise judgment emerges out of seeking to establish a new orientation through active awareness and linguistic articulation of felt emotions and moral sensibilities.
2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, Boston, MA, Oct. 30 - Nov. 2
The Mind & Life Institute will bring together scholars, artists, and contemplatives in areas of clinical science, philosophy, humanities, education, economics, the arts, and other domains to explore how contemplative practices can reduce suffering, and enhance health and social harmony.
Validation of a Chinese Version of the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire in Hong Kong and Development of a Short Form
Mindfulness-based interventions are increasingly being used in various populations to improve well-being and reduce psychological afflictions. Findings indicate that the FFMQ-C is reliable and valid to measure mindfulness in a Chinese population.
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Current Discussion
What Psychological and Social Factors Contribute to the Development of Wisdom? (Part 2, Discussion Summary)