Saturday, March 28, 2015
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.

TEDxUIowa Brought Wisdom and Surprises
TEDxUIowa introduced six speakers including Victor Saad, founder of Experience Institute in Chicago, an institute that provides higher education through self-guided projects and coaching, so students are, in turn, prepared to transform the world.
The Leap Year Project: Learning to Risk & Risking to Learn
This adventure started with a single deep-seated desire to make a difference. What risk would you take to change your life, your community, or your world for the better? Victor decided to quit his job to design and pursue a self-made education.
3 Simple Reasons Google Doesn't Hire the Top College Grads
"Intellectual humility" is akin to "emergent leadership" in that it fosters adaptive learning and collaborative problem solving. It means learning from mistakes and being able to step back when faced with a better idea.
Sonia Sotomayor: Role Model of Empathy and Purposeful Ambition
Her experiences and reflections provide a sense of how she may approach her work on the Supreme Court, including the importance she attaches to perspective-taking and empathy in relating to others and viewing the larger world.
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Users are able to post wisdom-related news & publications, maintain a profile, and participate in discussion forums.

Current Discussion
Conversations on Wisdom: Howard C. Nusbaum