Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience

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Vintage Books, 2011 - Philosophy - 333 pages
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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. Hall's bracing exploration of the science of wisdom allows us to see this ancient virtue with fresh eyes, yet also makes clear that despite modern science's most powerful efforts, wisdom continues to elude easy understanding.

 

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The book is good investigative journalism that would make one knowledgeable but not necessarily wise.

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Contents

WISDOM DEFINED SORT
1
The Philosophical
20
The Pychological Roots of Wisdom
39
EIGHT NEURAL PILLARS OF WISDOM
59
The Neural Mechanism
79
The Biology of Judging Right
98
The Biology of LovingKindness
115
The Gift of Perspective
133
Change MetaWisdom
190
The Seeds of Wisdom
211
The Wisdom of Aging
227
Does Wisdom Have a Future?
264
Confucius Says
273
Notes
279
Bibliography
303
Index
319

Social Justice Fairness and the Wisdom
147
Temptation Delayed Gratification and
169

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About the author (2011)

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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