Monday, December 22, 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.

The Power of Emotional Wisdom
Wisdom is the creative outcome of knowledge and experience that have become integrated and joined together, and it is our emotions that inform this process and make it possible.
The greatest magic of Harry Potter: Reducing prejudice
Three recent studies tested whether extended contact through reading Harry Potter improves attitudes toward stigmatized groups (immigrants, homosexuals, refugees).
Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction
Reading enhances connectivity in the brain. But readers of fiction? They're a special breed. Fiction readers make great friends as they tend to be more aware of others' emotions.
Phronesis and moral education: Treading beyond the truisms
Phronesis requires direct teaching about the nature of the well-rounded life, providing the learner with an indirect blueprint for eudaimonia. To be taught well within current school systems, it needs a discrete place in the school timetable.
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Current Discussion
Planting Seeds of Wisdom Part 2: Can Schools Teach Wisdom?