Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience


  • Title: Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience
  • Author: Stephen S. Hall
  • ISBN: 9780307269102
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience


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    1. Eduardo Santiago

      By any measure spending a glorious fall afternoon in front of a TV is what we should consider unwise, so that's what I did immediately upon finishing this book: I (re)watched Errol Morris's documentary "The Fog of War". It was almost a compulsion during much of the book I found myself thinking of McNamara. And it worked: they blended well together. And, appropriately, what I got out of both was more questions than answers.I found "Wisdom" disappointing -- but come on, Who could do justice to a t [...]

    2. Ed

      An absolutely marvelous book: well researched, well written and something I couldn't stop thinking about as I read it and in the spaces in between. I think I am going back through it to take notes it is so rich with content. It is written a scientific journalist with a marvelous feel for what is important and a tremendous ability to interview and gather relevant wisdom from the leading thinkers in this field.Basically as its sub-title says it is about Wisdom: Philosophy to Neuroscience. The chap [...]

    3. Georgia

      I enjoyed this book, but I read the later chapters first, simply because I'm interested is in social interaction. I was intrigued by the author's interpretation of how our elder's show wisdom (or lack of it). I loved the discussion on humility and how it pertains to wisdom. My favorite quote in the book is something like "some people lack the humility to know what they don't know." I know a lot of people who lack the humility to know what they don't know

    4. Jim Coughenour

      I approached this book with high hopes – after reading Iain McGilchrist's The Master and His Emissary, I was ready to dig into Stephen Hall's Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience. Almost immediately I realized I was going to be disappointed. Hall opens with a montage of dropping his daughter off at school, then watching a jet fly into the World Trade Center. "Almost immediately black smoke began to curl out of the cruel, grinning incision its wings had sliced in the façade of the skyscrape [...]

    5. Leif Denti

      I found it to be very heavy on the neurological explanations/underpinnings for wisdom, which I find to be moderately interesting. Personally I would have liked more philosophy. It's still worth a read.

    6. Danna

      Attempted to read at the request of a friend and found myself too frustrated with the padding and the subject matter itself I couldn't finish. It's philosophy dressed up for science. Not for me.

    7. Patrick

      Now that I have wisdom I think I'll start smoking one of those pipes with a head carved into the bowl and walking around with my head cocked up to one side, spewing deep thoughts. : Definitions of wisdom abound in Hall’s exploration of the concept, which he reports is no longer the exclusive domain of theology and philosophy. Clinical psychology and neurobiology have elbowed their way into the subject in recent decades, and their investigations and investigators make up much of Hall’s work. [...]

    8. Tariq Mahmood

      Excellent book which attempts to bring back Wisdom to the centre of science. For me there is a fundamental problem with science of today, it is too structured and somehow the faculty of wisdom has failed to formalize in this a very finely defined domain. No wonder the world has not seen a modern version of a Socrates or Pluto. or maybe we have already defined everything we ought to know about wisdom and now suffering from exposure to strings of wise clichés? A bit like self help books? The book [...]

    9. Shishir

      Drawing upon history of philosophers and combining the latest neuroscience, this is a book that explores what wisdom means and tries to provide the key elements that make up what we call wisdom. Wisdom is different from mere intelligence. Wisdom is being able to exercise good judgment in face of imperfect knowledge. The book narrows to some EIGHT neural pillars - basis of wisdom. 1/ Emotional management 2/Knowing what is important 3/Moral reasoning 4/Compassion 5/Humility 6/Altruism 7/Patience 8 [...]

    10. D'face

      Like some of the other reviewers, I can see the need for such a book but I don't think this was a particularly good execution. Wisdom is a mystery, we all aspire to it, but it cannot be bought or even learnt. We think it accumulates with age, yet we all know foolish old men and wise youths.I think the psychology and ethical/religious aspects of this were more interesting than the neuroscience, because frankly who cares what part of the brain is lighting up when one is exercising wisdom as oppose [...]

    11. Leslie

      This is a dense, weighty book. It discusses biology and neurobiology as it relates to decision making and "wisdom", and also gives a historical overview to writings and beliefs about wisdom. It is a MARVELOUS book, but I had to set aside quiet times to read it. It took a lot of concentration and a lot of contemplation to understand and take value from it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is serious about studying the brain, the human condition, and anyone who wants to figure [...]

    12. Tess McCarthy

      So far the trick to being wise is regulating our emotions. So far, I like this. Emotional regulation, even though it may come off like emotional distance means something else. I think it means the wisdom to temper anger when it is unjust or irrational; to be sad is to be emotionally regulated--however, wallowing in self-pity isn't the path. I am slowly learning the distinctions. But, I don't think I'm terribly wise--yet? I read it nightly. I'm trying to draw out all the little stories about the [...]

    13. Princessjay

      Skimmed. An exploration of what is the nature of wisdom (comprises, perhaps, of emotional regulation, compassion, altruism, patience, and a host of such virtues as well as ability to identify worthwhile goals & pursuits), whether it increases with age (apparently, from studies of the aging brain, no physical evidence that it does), through the ages and history and philosophy.Definitely worth a read. Recommended.

    14. mm

      I think it's obvious that there aren't may people worthy of writing a book on wisdom, let alone some journalist. That said, this is more like a reference point to start looking deeper into the matter than something that even comes close to an authority. I would have thought science had made more head way on the subject in recent years, rather than relying so heavily on the well established roads paved throughout history by Socrates, Confucius, etc.

    15. Lorileinart

      I like the idea of this book perhaps more than the actual book! Still, it was an engaging study on the lineage of wisdom. I can honestly say I never really thought about it on those simple terms before: Where did wisdom come from? Hall has definitely done his research, and for that reason alone, it's a worthwhile read. Still, it gets a bit muddled along the way, and the net effect is blah blah blah.

    16. Jimmy

      This was a difficult book to read for me. I became frustrated somewhat with the author's multiple examples of how difficult wisdom is to define, measure, etc. In all honestly, I only made it through about 3/4 of the book. With that said, I thought that the book didi contain some very interesting information about historical philosophy and current research.

    17. Sarah

      soon i may have my review published in NWS&Tuntil then - interesting, sometimes meandering look at several scientific disciplines' take on wisdom. nice blend of humanities and science. clear that hall has done his research

    18. Lukas Lovas

      Contemplative and full of interesting research and ideas. I enjoyed this thought provoking book a lot. I hope I might one day aspire to become wise…ough humility is definitely not one of my defining characteristics despite being presented here as a prerequisite for wisdom :) We'll see :)

    19. laura

      ok, i don't want to read this book so much as i want to remember that it was published-- as extendedmind / extramemorystoragespace.

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