Some things you just can't measure. Where is the scale that can measure the inner life? Where is the lab that can calibrate wisdom? Well, actually, there are quite a few of them. Neurologists the world over are studying wisdom. Their results, on this episode of Tapestry.
is a "hardcore" science
writer who writes primarily for The New York Times Magazine
. His editor called
him up one day and asked for a piece about an emerging field in
neurology: the measurement of wisdom.
Hall wasn't so sure at
first. The idea of applying something as precise as science to something
as malleable as wisdom seemed a stretch. But when he began his
research, his mind changed. Through psychology and the technology of
brain mapping, science is finding ways to measure wisdom. Hall's work
has become a book: Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience.
that, a mystery of medical healing in the Siberian wilderness. Jon
was a research chemist who decided he
couldn't stand the lab, quit his job, and became an adventure traveller.
Severely injured, he one day found himself in the hands of Moolynaut, a
Koryak shaman. She taught Turk that a man of science can journey into
the realm of the spiritual, although it's best to prepare for a really
strange trip. Turk shares his story in this documentary by Heiko
Decosas. He's also written a book about it called The Raven's Gift
are two footnotes about Jon Turk's story. The first is that Moolynaut
died in December 2011. The second is that Jon Turk has been named
one of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year for 2012. He talks about his incredible trip in this