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  • Wisdom Research Forum 2017: Daniel Lapsley (video)

    The Virtues Scientist Project: Intellectual Virtues, Epistemic Reasoning, and Science Education The following is a recorded presentation of Daniel Lapsley, ACE Collegiate Professor of Psychology from the University of Notre Dame at the University of Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom Research Forum...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom Research Forum 2017: Robert J. Sternberg (video)

    Appointment in Samarra: Are we rushing to create a society of smart (and not so smart) fools? The following is a recorded presentation of Robert J. Sternberg, Professor of Human Development, Cornell University at the University of Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom Research Forum in August 2017. Watch...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • What happens in the brain when we hear stories? Uri Hasson at TED2016

    by Thu-Huong Ha, TED Blog We may, as Joan Didion once wrote, tell ourselves stories in order to live—but Uri Hasson is looking for a few more reasons. The neuroscientist based at Princeton University researches the neurological basis of human communication and storytelling, and in session 11 at TED2016...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Teaching Wisdom

    By Linda J. Kobert, UVA Today Walker Redd remembers distinctly his first encounter with a patient as a University of Virginia medical student. This was not, however, the typical first-year assignment, to get a simple medical history from a hospitalized patient. This was a house call, for starters. And...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • The place of wisdom and faith in science (podcast)

    by Saskia Edwards Science generally begins with curiosity. Tom McLeish is a Professor of Physics and the former Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Durham. Prof McLeish has recently published a book called "Faith and Wisdom in Science". He explores the inception of science...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Faith and Wisdom in Science by Tom McLeish, review – rich and discursive

    By Tim Radford, The Guardian Decades ago, when I first started writing about science, I would often ask the scientist I happened to be quizzing whether he or she believed in God. (I probably started reading Richard Dawkins at about the same time). I stopped doing so quite soon, because a surprising number...
     Posted by: brendah
  • WISDOM RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO: Research Progress and New Online Resources

    By Brenda Huskey, The University of Chicago The Wisdom Research Network website has been recently updated to report on the progress of Wisdom Research at the University of Chicago, a three-year project supported by the John Templeton Foundation. Wisdom Research includes six research initiatives each...
     Posted by: brendah
  • The Limits of Intelligence

    By Douglas Fox, Scientific American An excerpt: ... One might think, for example, that evolutionary processes could increase the number of neurons in our brain or boost the rate at which those neurons exchange information and that such changes would make us smarter. But several recent trends of investigation...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Brain Calisthenics for Abstract Ideas

    By Benedict Carey, The New York Times Like any other high school junior, Wynn Haimer has a few holes in his academic game. Graphs and equations, for instance: He gets the idea, fine — one is a linear representation of the other — but making those conversions is often a headache. Or at least it was. For...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Memories Are Crucial for Looking Into the Future

    By Carl Zimmer, Discover magazine The past and future may seem like different worlds, yet the two are intimately intertwined in our minds. In recent studies on mental time travel, neuroscientists found that we use many of the same regions of the brain to remember the past as we do to envision our future...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
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  • The Rosewood Report: Questions about Wisdom, Part 1

    By Valerie Tiberius At end the of July, 2010, a small group of philosophers and psychologists met at the Rosewood Inn in Hastings, Minnesota to talk about wisdom. The workshop included five sessions. The first four sessions were organized around presentations by a philosopher and a psychologist on the...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Can science glean wisdom from disasters?

    Looking at the geographical distribution of natural disasters in the course of history, one might well wonder how earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and forest fires can take tragic human tolls, again and again, in the very same place . Why do people return to these vulnerable sites? Why are they unable...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • Is it possible to define wisdom without saying what it is?

    In 1873, American poet John Godfrey Saxe published an English-language version of the philosophical fable about the blind men and the elephant. Touching various parts of the elephant, each of the blind men offered his own account of what the elephant was. The man near the trunk said it was like a snake;...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • Re: Can Academic Blogging Advance Wisdom Research?

    Here is a recently published article from Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics by Maxine Clarke entitled "Ethics of Science Communication on the Web." In it, the author argues that peer-reviewed journals remain the best means for scientists to communicate their results to one another...
     Posted by: wattawa
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