Wisdom Beat

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“How learning shapes successful decision making in the human brain”

“How learning shapes successful decision making in the human brain” from Science Codex is a short article about a study by Dr. Zoe Kourtzi in Neuron, that “demonstrates that the brain does not just learn the structure of the physical world but, through learning, encodes rules that regulate how we interpret future sensory information.”

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May 28, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles | Leave a comment

“How the brain talks to itself – errors in emotional prediction”

Deric Bownds’ MindBlog entry discusses an essay by Gilbert and Wilson “Why the brain talks to itself: sources of error in emotional prediction” (provided in PDF). He specifically talks about “mental simulations of future events” – preveiws.

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May 20, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles, Wisdom Blog posts | Leave a comment

The neuroeconomics of taking your pick

This is a post with excerpts from a summary of three papers in Journal of Neuroscience: by Martino et al. (open access), Sharot et al, and Croxson et al.

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May 20, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles, Wisdom Blog posts | Leave a comment

Triune Ethics: On Neurobiology and Multiple Moralities

This is an essay from Neuroanthropology.

“Editor’s Note: The following essay by Darcia Narvaez is based on her paper Triune Ethics: The Neurobiological Roots of Our Multiple Moral Personalities, which was part of the Notre Dame Symposium on Character and Moral Personality. You can obtain all the conference papers online, including Daniel Cervone, Ross Thompson, Dan McAdams, and others.

Darcia Narvaez is associate professor of psychology at Notre Dame and executive director of the Notre Dame Collaboration for Ethical Education.”

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May 20, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles | Leave a comment

“H. Sapiens Digital: From Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom” from The Wisdom Page

“H. Sapiens Digital: From Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom” by Marc Prensky is an article about digital technology and digital wisdom.

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April 5, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles | Leave a comment

Guest Column: Computers vs. Brains from the NY Times

This is a short article in the New York times written by Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang about the key differences between robots and human brain. The writers argue that it will not be possible for artificial intelligence to become substitutes for humans in the near future due to those differences.

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April 2, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles | Leave a comment

“Howard McClusky: A Wise and Good Man” from The Wisdom Page

This is an article by Walter G. Moss about Howard McClusky:
“Perhaps the wisest person I have ever had much interaction with was Howard McClusky (1900-1982). He was a consultant to a National Endowment for the Humanities project that I (then in my mid-thirties) directed in the years 1973-1975 on Gerontology and the Humanities. ”

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April 2, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles | Leave a comment

Wisdom and Wilderness from The Wisdom Page

“Wisdom and Wilderness” is an article by Joseph W. Meeker published in LANDSCAPE about the complex relationship of wisdom, wilderness, and humans. “Wilderness is to nature as wisdom is to consciousness.”

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March 25, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles | Leave a comment

“Values, Wisdom, and Action” by Copthorne Macdonald

This is an article by the creator of Wisdom Page Copthorne Macdonald that appeared in Kosmos Journal. In it, he underlines “how outwardly acquired intellectual knowledge and inwardly acquired insightful knowledge imbue transformative action with wisdom and make it maximally effective.” (Kosmos introduction)

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March 24, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles | Leave a comment

“The Wisdom Imperative” from The Wisdom Page

The Wisdom Imperative by Alan Nordstrom is a short essay about wisdom as human happiness and Wisdom Tradition as long heritage of happy living.

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March 23, 2009 Posted by | Wisdom Articles | Leave a comment