Wisdom (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Mar 9, 2010 - Science - 352 pages
18 Reviews

We all recognize wisdom, but defining it is more elusive. In this fascinating journey from philosophy to science, Stephen S. Hall gives us a penetrating history of wisdom, from its sudden emergence in the fifth century B.C. to its modern manifestations in education, politics, and the workplace. Hallís bracing exploration of the science of wisdom allows us to see this ancient virtue with fresh eyes, yet also makes clear that despite modern scienceís most powerful efforts, wisdom continues to elude easy understanding.




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Review: Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience

User Review  - mm - Goodreads

I think it's obvious that there aren't may people worthy of writing a book on wisdom, let alone some journalist. That said, this is more like a reference point to start looking deeper into the matter ... Read full review

Review: Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience

User Review  - Leslie - Goodreads

This is a dense, weighty book. It discusses biology and neurobiology as it relates to decision making and "wisdom", and also gives a historical overview to writings and beliefs about wisdom. It is a ... Read full review

Contents

WISDOM DEFINED SORT
2
The Philosophical
20
EIGHT NEURAL PILLARS OF WISDOM
60
The Neural Mechanism
79
The Biology of Judging Right
98
The Biology of LovingKindness
115
The Gift of Perspective
133
Social Justice Fairness and the Wisdom
147
Change MetaWisdom
190
The Seeds of Wisdom
211
The Wisdom of Aging 117
227
Does Wisdom Have a Future?
264
Confucius Says
275
Bibliography
303
Index
319
Copyright

Temptation Delayed Gratification and
169

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About the author (2010)

For twenty-five years, Stephen S. Hall has written about the intersection of science and society in books, magazine articles, and essays, primarily in The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of five previous critically acclaimed books, including Invisible Frontiers and Merchants of Immortality. He has received numerous awards, including in 2004 the Science in Society Journalism Award for book writing from the National Association of Science Writers and, in 1998, the William B. Coley Award from the Cancer Research Institute. In addition to science, Hall has written extensively about travel, baseball, and Italy. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children.

Visit the author's website at: www.stephenshall.com.




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