A Word To The Wise, Part 2

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Marilyn Powell,  Ideas with Paul Kennedy, CBC Radio


URL:  http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2013/03/06/a-word-to-the-wise-part-2/

Times have changed. So has the study of wisdom. Philosophers, make room for the scientists! In this two-part series, Marilyn Powell talks to psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists - and the wise that dwell among us - about a very old topic. What they have discovered about the nature of wisdom and being wise will enlighten and surprise you.

We want it, and we sure do need it in the world we live in. Wisdom can open our eyes to what's really important. For thousands of years, philosophers and theologians have been telling us that. Trouble is, wisdom isn't easy to find. But maybe it's always been there, and we have to start thinking about wisdom, in a different way.

Who better to study the nature of wisdom than scientists? - as they've just begun to do in the last few decades.

Not that philosophers and theologians of the past were wrong in their thinking. It's more a case of putting their judgments to the test.



Monika Ardelt, Sociologist and Wisdom Researcher at the University of Florida.

Stephen S. Hall, Author of the book Wisdom: from Philosophy to Neuroscience, Vintage Books, 2010.

Howard Nusbaum, Cognitive Neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago.

John Vervaeke, Cognitive Scientist at the University of Toronto.

Laura Carstensen, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and Founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity

Richard J. Davidson, Neuroscientist, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madision, Founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds.

Measha Brueggergosman, soprano, opera, concert, and cabaret.

Ursula Franklin, physicist emeritus, crystallographer, peace activist, Quaker.


Listen to the radio recording.


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