Thursday, October 8, 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.

The Power of Wisdom to Enact Social Change
Will technology really solve our problems? A conversation with Kentaro Toyama believes social change really comes from the heart, mind, and will of individuals. Our technologies may only be as good as the wisdom of the people who use them.
Images of Aging: Outside and Inside Perspectives
Societal stereotypes, images about one's own old age, and metastereotypes (what we think others might think about old age) are very powerful and exert effects on biological, social, and psychological ages alike and are affected by them.
A Buddhist cop’s approach to justice
For a police officer, wisdom is being able to discern when gentle compassion is called for and when fierce compassion is called for. It’s often hard for us to recognize that our hearts may have stopped quivering in response to the suffering of others.
Neuroenhancement: How mental training and meditation can promote epistemic virtue
This book offers the reader an accessible introduction to a set of neuro-enhancement methods, and explores how such practices could contribute to make us better decision-makers and improve our moral virtues.
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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: Ursula M. Staudinger