A Word To The Wise, Part 1

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Times have changed. So has the study of wisdom. Philosophers, make room for the scientists! In this two-part series, Marilyn Powell talks to psychologists, sociologists,  neuroscientists - and the wise that dwell among us - about a very old topic. What they have discovered about the nature of wisdom and being wise will enlighten and surprise you.

We want it, and we sure do need wisdom in the world we live in. For thousands of years, philosophers and theologians have been telling us that. It can open our eyes to what's really important. Trouble is, wisdom isn't easy to find. But maybe it's always been there, and we have to start thinking about wisdom in a different way.

Who better to study the nature of wisdom than scientists? - as they've just begun to do in the last few decades.

Not that philosophers and theologians of the past were wrong in their thinking. It's more a case of putting their judgments to the test.


Monika Ardelt, Sociologist and Wisdom Researcher  at the University of Florida.

Vivian Clayton, Geriatric Neuropsychologist and Wisdom Research Pioneer in the 1970s.

Monty Hall, Television Celebrity and Host of Let's Make A Deal for 27 years.

Stephen S. Hall, Author of the book Wisdom: from Philosophy to Neuroscience, Vintage Books, 2010.

Janice Longboat, Mohawk Elder from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

Howard Nusbaum
, Cognitive Neuroscientist  and Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago.

John Vervaeke, Cognitive Scientist at the University of Toronto.

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