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  • Conversations on Wisdom: UnCut Interview with john a. powell

    Watch this video and other Conversations on Wisdom videos on the Uchicago Wisdom Research Channel! As an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties, john a. powell is known for his work in a wide range of issues including race, ethnicity, poverty, and democracy...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • 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: Dilip Jeste (video)

    Can Wisdom be Enhanced? A review of literature The following is a recorded presentation of Dilip Jeste, Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care; Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging; Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences; Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Researchers Develop New Tool to Assess Individual’s Level of Wisdom

    by Scott LaFee, UC San Diego Health San Diego Wisdom Scale reflects data that neurobiology underlies trait Researchers at University of San Diego School of Medicine have developed a new tool called the San Diego Wisdom Scale (SD-WISE) to assess an individual’s level of wisdom, based upon a conceptualization...
     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
  • Why Wisdom Can’t Be Taught

    by Manfred Kets de Vries, INSEAD The day after becoming the CEO of a company facing turbulent times, David had a dream. In it, while walking on a beach he discovered a bottle. On opening, a genie appeared offering him a wish in exchange for her freedom. Eschewing riches, fame or a long life, David opted...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Is the U.S. Education System Producing a Society of “Smart Fools”?

    by Claudia Wallis, Scientific American At last weekend’s annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in Boston, Cornell University psychologist Robert Sternberg sounded an alarm about the influence of standardized tests on American society. Sternberg, who has studied intelligence...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Seminar program focuses on wisdom

    by Paulomi Rao,  The Dartmouth As an undergraduate student at Dartmouth and later at the Geisel School of Medicine, Daniel Lucey ’77 Med’81 wished he had had an environment in which he could learn from his peers, mentors and professors. As an alumnus, he helped found the Wisdom University Seminars...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Conversations on Wisdom: UnCut Interview with Richard J. Davidson (video)

    by Jason Boulware and Jean Matelski Boulware Click here to watch the interview! Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain. He is the founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • University of Chicago Center for Teaching workshop "Teaching for Wisdom"

    Teaching for Wisdom: Dialogical Philosophizing and Action Research in Intercultural and Interreligious Education Tuesday, May 9th from 12-1:30pm Wieboldt Hall, 310 D/E University of Chicago In this seminar, Associate Professor Helskog presents the Dialogos approach to practical philosophy as a form of...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
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PUBLICATIONS
  • Wisdom, Risk-Taking, and Understanding (2017)

    Abstract: With a few exceptions, much of epistemology in the last century has been dominated by discussions centered on knowledge, and in particular propositional knowledge (along with associated concepts such as justification, the reliability of cognitive processes, etc.). Recently, attention has been...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Development of Relational Wisdom and Happiness in Late Adulthood (2017)

    Excerpt: The field of adult development and aging has focused primarily on the issue of well-being of the older adult (Lamb & Freund, 2010; Overton, 2010). Two central issues related to well-being are wisdom and happiness. It is generally assumes that wisdom and happiness increase with age, but this...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Theoretical Foundations to Guide Mindfulness Meditation: A Path to Wisdom (2017)

    Abstract: Mindfulness interventions are becoming increasingly popular across a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical settings where they are often employed to promote psychological well-being. Mindfulness in its original context presented in Buddhist practice is used to systematically understand...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom and Meaning in Emerging Adulthood (2017)

    Abstract: Wisdom and meaning are important developments in emerging adulthood. In two studies, we investigated the relationship between wisdom and meaning using self-report measures (Study 1; N = 298) and narrative coding (Study 2; N = 271). Study 1 supported the hypothesis that the search for and presence...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Molecular Inference of Wisdom (2017)

    Abstract: Wisdom is a human trait upon which natural selection creates evolutionary pathways from the molecular biology of the gene, to the cellular organization of nervous system, to the physical functioning of the brain — and the transit is a two way street. Wellness is a selection advantage at every...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Aging Wisely: Wisdom of Our Elders (2017)

    Abstract: Aging Wisely…Wisdom of our Elders is a unique resource that reflects the ideas, opinions and experiences of a diverse group of senior citizens. Each story provides a unique perspective on the physical, emotional, and social aspects of growing old from those who have made the journey. Caring...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom in Context (2017)

    Abstract: Philosophers and psychological scientists have converged on the idea that wisdom involves certain aspects of thinking (e.g., intellectual humility, recognition of uncertainty and change), enabling application of knowledge to life challenges. Empirical evidence indicates that people’s ability...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom and reason in law (2017)

    Abstract: Some three decades ago, upon taking a job at the University of Colorado, I read some of the work of my new colleague Robert Nagel. One short but trenchant essay - one that I have pondered and cited repeatedly in the years since - was called "Rationalism in Constitutional Law." 1 In...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom Calls: the Moral Story of the Hebrew Bible (2017)

    Reading the Old Testament as Hebrew Bible invites us to develop wisdom. The Torah and Former Prophets expose both the need for and limits of building morality around rules. The Latter Prophets offer internalized principles as the basis of morality, but also demonstrate the limit of principles. The Writings...
    (My publication) Posted by: lewis_pa
  • Wise deliberation sustains cooperation (2017)

    Abstract: Humans are intuitively cooperative. Humans are also capable of deliberation, which includes social comparison, self-reflection and mental simulation of the future. Does deliberation undermine or sustain cooperation? Some studies suggest that deliberation is positively associated with cooperation...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
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DISCUSSIONS
  • Rosewood Report, Part 8: Concluding Thoughts

    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. This series of blog posts highlights key questions that emerged from that discussion. Please join our conversation by commenting on this discussion...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • 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
  • What is wise counsel? Part III

    by Keith Whitaker, Defining Wisdom Grantee Wise Counsel Research— www.wisecounselresearch.org To continue our discussion of wisdom and wise counsel in the context of comedy, on June 1 our reading group discussed Kingsley Amis’ Lucky Jim . We began with the question, “What is Jim’s luck?” and with the...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • What is wise counsel? Part II.

    by Keith Whitaker, Defining Wisdom Grantee Wise Counsel Research— www.wisecounselresearch.org After our recent conversation about the Fool in King Lear , our reading group decided to pursue wisdom in a comic context, with the character of Jeeves—the seemingly omniscient “gentleman’s gentleman”—in the...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • How are happiness and wisdom related?

    “Defining Wisdom” is an interdisciplinary research program within the Arete Initiative at The University of Chicago. Twenty groups of researchers from a wide range of disciplines have been awarded two-year grants under the program to investigate the nature and benefits of wisdom. As a group, we have...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • Wisdom and Tradition: Aristotle

    As a philosophical concept and cultural ideal, wisdom has enjoyed a long history. It has also acquired a prestige such that one cannot speak of “bad wisdom” or “undesirable wisdom.” Wisdom is good – and where it is lacking, the lack is always regretted. Part of what makes wisdom prestigious is its elusive...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • Has the world become more or less wise over the past 50 years?

    At the Defining Wisdom Network Meeting in June 2009, participants were asked to come up with a series of questions about wisdom that might shed light on the broad issues of our project. One participant asked the following question: “Has the world become more or less wise in the last 50 years? Or is the...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • Wisdom: addition through subtraction?

    I just came back from our first conference of “wisdom scholars” in Chicago, and was fascinated by the topics that the wisdom grant winners are investigating. I thought I would try to blog about a topic that allowed me to mention several of them. Wisdom commonly is thought of as something that one accumulates...
     Posted by: wattawa
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