Wisdom Beat

Eclectic wisdom research

“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

“Do Brains Make Minds?”

Do Brains Make Minds? is a half an hour long video made by University of Southern California.
“From genetics to cosmology to nanotechnology, science is on the brink of numerous and extraordinary mega-revolutions that will change the very nature of life. Closer to Truth brings together leading scientists, scholars and artists to debate many of today’s fundamental issues. Joining host Robert Kuhn is consciousness expert David Chalmers; philosopher of mind John Searle; anthropologist Marilyn Schlitz; theoretical physicist Fred Alan Wolf; and neuropsychologist Barry Beyerstein. The panelists discuss the connection between the gray matter called a brain, the thoughts we think, the mind-body connection, and whether there’s something more to the human mind than what resides in the brain. ”

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

Videos of Wisdom Speakers

“The Wisdom Speakers: Insights and Inspiration for Wisdom Seekers”

“The Wisdom Speakers project captures messages from extraordinary “ordinary” people and spreads their wealth of knowledge in the form of short videos. In this collection you’ll find valuable information to inspire and to perhaps ignite the wisdom in you.”

Videos of John Franks, David Anderson, and Rina Upitis.

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May 19, 2009 Posted by | Videos and Podcasts, Wisdom websites | Leave a comment

An Appeal for Practical Wisdom from Neuronarrative

This is a video of Barry Schwartz speaking about the appeal of practical wisdom in opposition of bureaucracy.

“Aristotle said that practical wisdom is the combination of “moral will and moral skill.” In this TED lecture, psychologist Barry Schwartz makes an engaging appeal for practical wisdom as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy (”a society at war with wisdom”). He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world. Roughly 20 minutes long and well worth the time.”

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April 2, 2009 Posted by | Videos and Podcasts, Wisdom Blog posts | Leave a comment

Barry Schwartz Video on Practical Wisdom

This 20-minute by Barry Schwartz was presented at the 2009 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in Long Beach, California.

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March 16, 2009 Posted by | Videos and Podcasts | Leave a comment