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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • Studying or Seeking Wisdom

    by Ricca Edmondson, Discover Society Every so often we encounter media reports of a ‘resentment of experts’. People feel that they have ‘had enough’ of experts who claim ‘they know what’s best,’ even though they often turn out not to know what is best at all. It is exasperating when people believe they...
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  • Teach pupils the virtue of humility ‘to help them make smart decisions’

    by Oliver Moody, The Times The virtue of intellectual humility should be taught in schools, according to psychologists, who have found that it makes people more accurate in their judgments. Willingness to admit that we may be wrong seems to allow us to weigh evidence more fairly and to appraise others...
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  • Wise deliberation sustains cooperation

    University of Waterloo Giving people time to think about cooperating on a task can have a positive effect if they are big-picture thinkers, but if they tend to focus on their own, immediate experience, the time to think may make them less cooperative, University of Waterloo research has found. A series...
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  • A Year in Review

    The Center for Practical Wisdom: A look back at 2016 2016 marked the opening of the University of Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom. Led by Center Director Howard C. Nusbaum, the Center aims to advance the science of wisdom and its role in the decisions that affect everyday life. We want to understand...
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