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NEWS
  • 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...
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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...
     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...
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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...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • 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...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • 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...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • 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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  • 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
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PUBLICATIONS
  • 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
  • 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
  • Virtue Development and Role of Character in Decision Making (2017)

    Abstract: The most significant contribution of virtue ethics is the role of discriminative intelligence (practical wisdom) in decision making. Decision making in virtue ethics is actually influenced by the acumen and discriminative intelligence of the agent concerned rather than rules and codes of morality...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • 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
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DISCUSSIONS
  • Conversations on Wisdom: Krista Tippett

    By Jean Matelski Boulware Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” On Being pursues concepts of wisdom and knowledge...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Conversations on Wisdom: john a. powell

    By Jean Matelski Boulware 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. He is the Executive Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Can Hitler be wise?

    Following a recent Wisdom Research Forum (July 14, 2016), hosted by the Center for Practical Wisdom, participants reflected upon some of the discussions of the meeting. One topic emerged around the idea of whether or not people such as Hitler or Stalin could be associated with wisdom in the sense that...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Pottery and the Eternal Style of Wisdom

    by Philip Kao As a visiting assistant professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Philip Kao’s research and teaching focuses on wisdom, aging, personhood, gender, and the anthropology of development. He is the editor of Anthropology & Aging , an international journal intent...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Conversations on Wisdom: Barry Schwartz

    By Jean Matelski Boulware As a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College for 45 years, Barry Schwartz, PhD has focused his work on decision making, wisdom, and work satisfaction. His interests lie in the intersection between economics, morality and psychology. As one of the most notable public scholars...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • How Might Culture Influence Wisdom?

    By Masami Takahashi Masami Takahashi, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Gerontology at Northeastern Illinois University. His latest research interests include: late adulthood and psychological strengths (e.g., wisdom, spirituality, religiosity); potential factors of longevity in the Blue Zones (geographic...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Conversations on Wisdom: Richard J. Davidson

    By Jean Matelski Boulware 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 the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Conversations on Wisdom: Theodore Richards

    By Jean Matelski Boulware Theodore Richards is the founder and director of the Chicago Wisdom Project. The mission of the Chicago Wisdom Project is to re-imagine education through holistic programming that transforms individual, community, and world through creative expression. He is the author of Handprints...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom in Understanding the Language of Law

    By Howard C. Nusbaum When I taught an undergraduate class on wisdom research at the University of Chicago a couple of years ago, students often conceptualized wisdom in terms of wise advice. This is generally a common idea about wisdom. Rather than thinking of wisdom in Aristotelian terms of wise action...
     Posted by: brendah
  • 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
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