Day: July 13, 2017

Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience

A compelling investigation into one of our most coveted and cherished ideals, and the efforts of modern science to penetrate the mysterious nature of this timeless virtue.

We all recognize wisdom, but defining it is more elusive. In this fascinating journey from philosophy to science, Stephen S. Hall gives us a dramatic history of wisdom, from its sudden emergence in four different locations (Greece, China, Israel, and India) in the fifth century B.C. to its modern manifestations in education, politics, and the workplace. We learn how wisdom became the provenance of philosophy and religion through its embodiment in individuals such as Buddha, Confucius, and Jesus; how it has consistently been a catalyst for social change; and how revelatory work in the last fifty years by psychologists, economists, and neuroscientists has begun to shed light on the biology of cognitive traits long associated with wisdom – and, in doing so, has begun to suggest how we might cultivate it.

Hall explores the neural mechanisms for wise decision making; the conflict between the emotional and cognitive parts of the brain; the development of compassion, humility, and empathy; the effect of adversity and the impact of early-life stress on the development of wisdom; and how we can learn to optimize our future choices and future selves.

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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Pentagram – The Ghoul

On endless nights my need to roam
I’ve come to desecrate your bones
As maggots crawl amongst your flesh
You’re soon to meet the truth of death

My wants are few to reach my quest
You’re bound to feel my cold request
Now my dear you soon shall see
The dying living truth of me

Cause I’m not living
You soon will be giving
So I can die on

From far away and from the near
My finest clients buried here
For once you’ve shared your death with me
A ghoul I shall forever be

But I must sleep before the dawn
And then my work will carry on
Once you’ve come to grips with me
A ghoul I know you’ll always be

Cause I’m not living no
You’ll soon be giving
So I can die on
Chosen one
Cause I’m not the living
You soon will be giving
So I can die on yeah!
Aaah chosen one!