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  • Berthold Hoeckner, University of Chicago – Wisdom, Meditation and Ballet Too

    by David Hopper, The Academic Minute Listen to The Academic Minute podcast here Does wisdom come from the mind or does the body have a part to play as well? Berthold Hoeckner, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago, discusses how being in tune with both mind and...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • The Wisdom Project: Can science really tell us anything worth knowing about wisdom?

    by Betsy Johnson-Miller, Bearings Can science really tell us anything worth knowing about wisdom? Dr. Howard Nusbaum thinks so. “Wisdom is not a magical thing,” says Nusbaum, principal investigator at the University of Chicago’s Wisdom Research Project. “It’s about solving certain problems and thinking...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • The Skill of Wisdom Depends of the Skill of Attention

    By Howard Nusbaum Here’s a statement that most people, upon first glance, will probably disagree with: Wisdom is a skill. A skill that you can learn. I realize that it sounds funny to talk about wisdom — our ability to make good and virtuous decisions — like this. We don’t talk about intelligence as...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Tea, Shortbread, and 3 Things Worth Knowing

    By Shawkat M. Toorawa, The Chronicle of Higher Education "Then I saw the crystal poet / Leaning on the old sea-rail; / In his *** lay death, the lover, / In his head, the nightingale." I cited those lines in an introductory course I taught last year, one that attracts potential Near Eastern...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Test Your Insight- Interactive Feature

    From the New York Times A summary: Scientists have found indications that your ability to jump to intuitive answers — what they term the “Aha!” moment — may be affected by your mood. After watching a humorous video, brain imaging and test results of subjects suggested that a positive mood prepares the...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Tracing the Spark of Creative Problem-Solving

    By Benedict Carey 12/6/2010, The New York Times The puzzles look easy, and mostly they are. Given three words — “trip,” “house” and “goal,” for example — find a fourth that will complete a compound word with each. A minute or so of mental trolling (housekeeper, goalkeeper, trip?) is all it usually takes...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Animal Communication Helps Reveal Roots of Language

    ByMichael Balter "Language leaves no traces in the archaeological record, and many researchers have been doubtful about how much animal communication could reveal about the unique features of human communication. That began to change in the 1990s, when linguists, evolutionary biologists, psychologists...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
  • How Fantasies Affect Focus

    by Melinda Wenner from Scientific American " Fantasizing about sex gets more than just your juices flowing—it also boosts your analytical thinking skills. Daydreaming about love, on the other hand, makes you more creative, according to a study published in the November 2009 Personality and Social...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Wisdom of the Fool's Choice

    by Philip Ball from Nature News "Medieval monarchies might not have had many things to recommend them compared with liberal democracies, but here's one: our rulers have no Fools. How often now will a national leader employ someone to laugh at their folly and remind them of bitter truths? More...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Conference on Individual and Organizational Renewal in Albuquerque NM March 19-24, 2010

    Founded on the Wisdom research of Elle Allison, Ph.D, Renewal Coaching is sponsoring a conference in Albuquerque NM on March 19-24 (come for two day increments of for all six days). The first two days (March 19-20) are for leaders at all levels who want to add coaching as an approach to their management...
     Posted by: Elle Allison
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