from philosophy to neuroscience

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Wisdom (2010, Alfred A. Knopf)

333 pages

English language

Published Oct. 19, 2010 by Alfred A. Knopf.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

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

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Wisdom: From philosophy to neuroscience.

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Between 2008 and 2011, I wrote several brief reviews of books which appeared on the Education Review web site. Since then, the editors ceased publication of that type of review and removed the previously published brief reviews from the site. I am making the original drafts of my reviews available here. This appeared in January 2011.

Hall, S. (2010). Wisdom: From philosophy to neuroscience. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

ISBN: 9780307269102

Wisdom book coverIn recent years, probably decades is more accurate, there has grown a library of books in which authors consider several variations on the question What is intelligence? The library includes books focusing on the history of intelligence testing and its modern implications (Gould, 1981), books interpreting emerging theory for educators (Gardner, 1983),books promoting educational practices (Trilling & Fadel, 2009) and popular books that describe emerging social and economic trends (Pink, 2006). Clearly, this brief list is far …

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3 stars

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 than something that even comes close to an authority. I would have thought science had made more head way on the subject in recent years, rather than relying so heavily on the well established roads paved throughout history by Socrates, Confucius, etc.