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  • Wisdom Doesn’t Come With Age, But It Can Be Learned By All

    by Katrin Blawat, SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, English edition by Tanja Hofbauer -WORLDCRUNCH Rick Levenson, a professor of psychology at Oregon State University, has conducted research at several esteemed U.S. institutes and published an impressive number of scientific papers. This is laudable, obviously, and...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wise reasoning: Context matters (Video)

    Center for Practical Wisdom inaugural research forum presentation "Wise reasoning: Context matters" by Igor Grossmann, Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Waterloo, Canada. Watch this video and previous wisdom research presentaions on the Wisdom Research Youtube channel . Photo courtesy...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • To Defuse an Argument, Think About the Future

    by Alex C. Huynh, Harvard Business Review If you’re caught up in conflict with someone, there are a few practical strategies that can help you resolve the situation. These strategies include seeking compromise, taking the other person’s perspective, being humble, trying to forgive, and not casting blame...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance, Is wisdom a trait or a state, Anxiety-free comedy gigs

    By Claudia Hammond, BBC Radio4 Click here to listen to the podcast Claudia Hammond's guest is Mathijs Lucassen - lecturer in mental health at the Open University. Pathological demand avoidance is a developmental condition where children resist the demands of everyday life, and they can have extreme...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • How to be wiser: What is wisdom? And can you learn it?

    By Claudia Hammond, BBC News Wisdom is something that’s hard to define and yet somehow we know it when we see it. The wise people stay calm in a crisis. They can step back and see the bigger picture. They’re thoughtful and self-reflective. They recognise the limits of their own knowledge, consider alternative...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Academic Minute Best-of 2016

    It's a New Year! Now you can find the Best of 2016 list from the Academic Minute here and listen to the podcast with Berthold Hoeckner of the University of Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom as he discusses wisdom and whether its only in the mind or if the body has a part to play too. Wisdom, Meditation...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • 5 Ways to Increase Resilience, Wisdom, and Well-Being

    by Caren Osten Gerszberg, Mindful Magazine Extending ourselves beyond what is familiar by relating to people who are older than us can offer meaningful life lessons and character strengths. There I stood, surrounded by people from my neighborhood at a cocktail party—our common purpose to celebrate the...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Center for Practical Wisdom Research Forum: Dilip Jeste, MD

    At the Center’s 2016 Wisdom Research Forum, Dilip V. Jeste, MD delivered a presentation titled, "Wisdom from a neuroscience perspective". Dr. Jeste is Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care; Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging; Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences;...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom is more of a state than a trait

    by Christian Jarrett, Research Digest We all know the kind of person who did really well at school and uni but can’t seem to help themselves from forever making bad mistakes in real life. And then there are those characters who might not be surgeons or rocket scientists but have this uncanny ability...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • What is wisdom? Wise reasoning has three specific facets

    by Christopher Bergland, Psychology Today Throughout history, there have been countless iconic figures who are notorious for possessing extraordinary wisdom. But what exactly is “wisdom”? Although psychological research on wisdom has flourished in the past 30 years—defining wisdom can be difficult. Wisdom...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
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PUBLICATIONS
  • In Praise of Natural Philosophy: A Revolution for Thought and Life (2017)

    The central thesis of this book is that we need to reform philosophy and join it to science to recreate a modern version of natural philosophy; we need to do this in the interests of rigour, intellectual honesty, and so that science may serve the best interests of humanity. The book seeks to redraw our...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • What do you think you are measuring? A mixed-methods procedure for assessing the content validity of test items and theory-based scaling (2017)

    Abstract : The valid measurement of latent constructs is crucial for psychological research. Here, we present a mixed-methods procedure for improving the precision of construct definitions, determining the content validity of items, evaluation of representativeness of items for the target construct,...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Pursuing Practice Wisdom in Leadership (2017)

    Abstract: Practical wisdom (phronesis) is an ancient, enigmatic, and intractable notion yet the manner of its workings and its influence on public life, professional practice and civil society remains little understood. Despite its profound effect on virtually every aspect of modern life, full understanding...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Conceptualizing Wise Management Decision-Making: A Grounded Theory Approach (2017)

    Abstract: This article investigates the role of wisdom in management decision-making. In one of the first empirical studies investigating wisdom and management, 37 CEOs, top managers, and senior executives were interviewed about their perspectives on the concept of wisdom in the business context and...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom and Aging (2017)

    Abstract: In this chapter, we consider what it means to be wise, and how this is affected by one’s age. We begin by considering the Deep Rationality Theory of wisdom and offer the Ordo Amoris model of wisdom instead as more comprehensive and satisfactory. This second model allows individuals to be wise...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living (2017)

    Abstract: In Becoming Wise , Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from this luminous conversation in its many dimensions into a coherent narrative journey, over time and from mind to mind. The book is a master class in living, curated by Tippett and accompanied by a delightfully ecumenical dream...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • 12-Item Abbreviated Three-Dimensional Wisdom Scale (3D-WS-12) (2017)

    Abstract: Wisdom has been reported to be associated with better mental health and quality of life among older adults. Over the past decades, there has been considerable growth in empirical research on wisdom, including the development of standardized measures. The 39-item Three-Dimensional Wisdom Scale...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Exploring the Long-Term Benefits of Adversity: What Is Posttraumatic Wisdom? (2016)

    Abstract: While all major philosophical and theological traditions have argued that experiencing some adversity is a necessary condition for the full development of one’s character, no consensus exists about the nature of the specific virtues, traits, and abilities that might develop in response to adversity...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • SHIFT FROM EDUCATION TO DEVELOPMENT: LEADERS AND COACHES IN SEARCH OF SHARED WISDOM (2016)

    Abstract: This paper presents the results of qualitative study aimed to explore the relationship between the perception of behaviors that support people development, core coaching competences and values supporting them, and wisdom-related values. Our hypothesis was that the reflection on empowering behaviors...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Understanding Scientific Progress (2016)

    "Understanding Scientific Progress constitutes a potentially enormous and revolutionary advancement in philosophy of science. It deserves to be read and studied by everyone with any interest in or connection with physics or the theory of science. Maxwell cites the work of Hume, Kant, J.S. Mill,...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
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DISCUSSIONS
  • 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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