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“What makes us happy?”

“What makes us happy?”: George Vaillant and the Harvard Study of Adult Development @ The Atlantic
““What makes us happy?” in the current issue of The Atlantic looks for lessons in happiness from the Harvard Study of Adult Development with its co-director George Vaillant. Books by Vaillant include Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development.”

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May 28, 2009 Posted by | Book Reviews, Videos and Podcasts | Leave a comment

“Science and the Pursuit of Wisdom” from The Wisdom Page

Science and the Pursuit of Wisdom: Studies in the Philosophy of Nicholas Maxwell
Leemon McHenry (Ed.)
Published by Ontos Verlag, Frankfurt-Heusenstamm. www.ontosverlag.com
February 2009. ISBN: 978-3-86838-028-6

Publisher’s Back Cover Description:

“Nicholas Maxwell’s provocative and highly-original philosophy of science urges a revolution in academic inquiry affecting all branches of learning, so that the single-minded pursuit of knowledge is replaced with the aim of helping people realize what is of value in life and make progress toward a more civilized world. This volume of essays from an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars engages Maxwell in critical evaluation and celebrates his contribution to philosophy spanning forty years. Several of the contributors, like Maxwell, took their inspiration from Sir Karl Popper’s philosophy of science and were connected to the department he created at the London School of Economics. In the introductory chapter, Maxwell provides an overview of his thought and then defends his views against objections in a concluding essay.”

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April 1, 2009 Posted by | Book Reviews | Leave a comment

A book about wisdom of arranged marriages by Reva Seth

“First Come Marriages: Modern Relationship Advice from the Ancient Wisdom of Arranged Marriages” is a book by Reva Seth about the benefits of arranged marriages based on shared cultural and religious values and initiated by parents, who may know their children best.

This book might be of interest in relation to Ute Kunzmann’s project “Wisdom-Related Knowledge and Behavior during Social Conflict”.

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March 27, 2009 Posted by | Book Reviews | Leave a comment

“The Wisdom of Crowds” description from Wikipedia

This a review/description of a book by James Surowiecki “The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations”, first published in 2004, ISBN-13: 978-0385503860. The page gives an explanation of terms used in the book and outlines its main idea.

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March 17, 2009 Posted by | Book Reviews | Leave a comment