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  • Are Universities Undergoing an Intellectual Revolution? (2009)

    For over 30 years I have argued, in and out of print that, for both intellectual and humanitarian reasons, we urgently need a revolution in the aims and methods of academic inquiry. Instead of giving priority to the search for knowledge, academia needs to devote itself to seeking and promoting wisdom...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • 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
  • Wisdom in the University (2008)

    A collection of eight essays by various authors on the theme that academic inquiry needs to be transformed so as to promote wisdom and not just acquire knowledge.
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Why Heuristics Work (2008)

    The adaptive toolbox is a Darwinian-inspired theory that conceives of the mind as a modular system that is composed of heuristics, their building blocks, and evolved capacities. The study of the adaptive toolbox is descriptive and analyzes the selection and structure of heuristics in social and physical...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: Anonymous
  • Free Will in Scientific Psychology (2008)

    Some actions are freer than others, and the difference is palpably important in terms of inner process, subjective perception, and social consequences. Psychology can study the difference between freer and less free actions without making dubious metaphysical commitments. Human evolution seems to have...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: Anonymous
  • A Revolution for Science and the Humanities: From Knowledge to Wisdom (2005)

    At present the basic intellectual aim of academic inquiry is to improve knowledge. Much of the structure, the whole character, of academic inquiry, in universities all over the world, is shaped by the adoption of this as the basic intellectual aim. But, judged from the standpoint of making a contribution...
    (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
  • Can Humanity Learn to Create a Better World? The Crisis of Science without Wisdom (2001)

    Science without wisdom puts humanity into a situation of unprecedented danger. We urgently need to bring about a revolution in academia so that the basic aim becomes to help humanity learn how to create a wiser world.
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Can Humanity Learn to become Civilized? The Crisis of Science without Civilization (2000)

    Two great problems of learning confront humanity: learning about the nature of the universe and our place in it, and learning how to become civilized. The first problem was solved, in essence, in the 17th century, with the creation of modern science. But the second problem has not yet been solved. Solving...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
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