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  • Between Rules and Practice : Why We Need Practical Wisdom in Life, Work, and Politics (video)

    Click here to watch Maxwell A. Cameron at the University of British Columbia's Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle believed that every activity or practice aims at some good. Knowing how to bring about the aim intrinsic to an activity calls for practical...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Do as I Do, Not as I Say

    By T. M. Luhrmann, The New York Times An excerpt: It's election season, and once again Democrats are flummoxed by evangelical voters. They think that “those people” vote against their own self-interest. They cannot believe that same-sex marriage matters so much to so many people. They don’t get why...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Never Mind What People Believe—How Can We Change What They Do? A Chat with Robert Cialdini

    by David Roberts from Grist "When it comes to energy, policymakers are often confronted with human behavior that seems irrational, unpredictable, or unmanageable. Advocates for energy efficiency in particular are plagued by the gap between what it would make sense for people to do and what they...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Spotlight on Science Diplomacy

    by Lorna Casselton and James Wilsdon for Seed Magazine "Last week, top scientists from more than 100 countries gathered in London for one of the biggest scientific meetings of the year: the InterAcademy Panel. Hosted by the Royal Society as part of its 350th anniversary celebrations, the Panel brings...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • We Are All Madoffs

    By David P. Barash | The Chronicle "Everybody hates Bernard Madoff, and for good reason. He bilked hundreds—thousands—of people out of billions, perhaps tens of billions, of dollars, destroyed numerous life savings, ruined the future prospects of many of those who had trusted him, all the while...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
  • What is "The Good Society"?

    By Michael Walzer P reliminary Dialogue: The co-editor of Dissent argues with a philosophical friend to determine the truth (or a truth) of the matter. MW : The definite article is wrong. How could there be one good society, given the immense variety of human cultures? A Philosophical Friend : Well,...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • The New Interface of Governance

    The New Interface of Governance Frontier / by Nancy Scola "If we can just tweak the way we make choices, we can make smarter ones. A look at Obama’s plans to put the science of human nature to work. For those of us familiar with the strange land that is Washington, DC, it’s tempting to snicker a...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • The Empathy Nominee

    "In making Sonia Sotomayor his first nominee for the Supreme Court yesterday, President Obama appears to have found the ideal match for his view that personal experience and cultural identity are the better part of judicial wisdom..." Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal Photo by...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • The Real Crisis? We Stopped Being Wise

    In The Huffington Post, posted February 16, 2009 Barry Schwartz, professor of social theory and social action at Swarthmore College, makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives...
     Posted by: wattawa
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PUBLICATIONS
  • Turnaround, Transformational, or Transactional Leadership: An Ethical Dilemma in School Reform (2014)

    Abstract: This case was written for school leaders, specifically building-level principals and central office administrators attempting to implement school turnaround reform efforts. Often, leaders who embark on this type of organizational change work in intense environments that produce high levels...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • What are necessary conditions for a democracy? (2013)

    In my conversations with Italians, often they despair about their government. The two things that are most mentioned is that they don’t feel represented by the multi-party system here and that the present P.M. and other politicians are stifling honest discussion and movement on important social and economic...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodgericketts
  • The Planetary Perfect Storm (2013)

    This bog (originally written in 2010) is about the obvious convergence of two planetary “storms” that together are going to have obvious and predictable catastrophic consequences for all living beings on planet earth. However, as different from the forces of nature, these two “storms” are not created...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodgericketts
  • Do We Need a Scientific Revolution? (2008)

    Many see modern science as having serious defects, intellectual, social, moral. Few see this as having anything to do with the philosophy of science. I argue that many diverse ills of modern science are a consequence of the fact that the scientific community has long accepted, and sought to implement...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Is Science Neurotic? (2004)

    In this book it is argued that science suffers from a damaging but rarely noticed methodological disease, called here rationalistic neurosis. Science fails to acknowledge explicitly problematic assumptions having to do with metaphysics, values and politics. These assumptions are repressed, with damaging...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • In Defence of Seeking Wisdom (2004)

    Steven Yates has criticized my claim that we need to bring about a revolution in the aims and methods of academic inquiry, so that the aim becomes to promote wisdom rather than just acquire knowledge. Yates's main criticism is that the proposed revolution does not have a clear strategy for its implementation...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
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