DEFINING THE TASK
What's involved in creating a wisdom-based life?
Being Fully Human by Chris Thomson. What is human nature and have we lost our capacity to realize it?
Creating Wisdom by Sajid Khan. A discussion of the difference between understanding wisdom and "being wisdom." A review of spiritual, philosophical, and psychological perspectives.
The Fourth Planet by Chris Thomson
Science Provide Us with the Methodological Key to Wisdom?.
In this essay Nicholas
Maxwell of University College London tells us where the founders
of the 18th century "Enlightenment" went astray, and how
the proper application of rationality can help humanity acquire
wisdom. (Also available in .doc
Goleman on Compassion. In this 13-minute TED video Daniel
Goleman, award-winning author of Emotional Intelligence,
opens our eyes to why those of us who value compassion so
often fail to act compassionately.
Character Development and Personal and Academic Excellence.
This very popular resource since 2009 is presented here in expanded
and enriched form by its author Tom
Lombardo. The essay is an insightful exploration of values,
virtues, and character development. (PDF format)
Wisdom, and Our Evolutionary Future. Here, author Tom
Lombardo discusses the roles of creativity, heightened future
consciousness, and wisdom in the future evolution of the human mind.
Best Society. What kind of a society can help us become
wiser people? This essay by Alan
Nordstrom explores and expands on the thought "That society
is best which best fosters the fulfillment of true human needs."
People Have Wisdom Naturally, or Does It Require Effort?.
This is Part 4 of The Rosewood Report concerning discussions in
July, 2010 by a small group of philosophers and psycyhologists about
the capacities of practical wisdom.
Developmental Task for Elders. In this profound and stirring
essay, wisdom researcher and adult educator Richard
Hawley Trowbridge makes the case that the final stage of human
growth is, ideally, "the remaking of identity" through
a clear understanding of the relationship between human being and
cosmic context. (A
PDF file. Also available in DOC
Look at the Stages of Life This review of a book by Debashis
Chowdhury deals with the author's expanded take on Ashrama, the
Indian philosophy that addresses the stages of human life. It is
a view that applies to lives in the West as well as India. Especially
pertinent to wisdom development are the second-half-of-life stages
from 50 onward.
Flaws In Human Mentality
This is a revised, and now illistrated, version of the popular essay
by Copthorne Macdonald.
See also the video
on this subject.
in Human Mentality The Video. Based on the popular
Wisdom Page essay,
this video is a 22-minute illustrated tour of the less-than-perfect
hand that evolution dealt us, plus a look at the hopeful side of
Radio "Tapestry" interview of Jill Bolte Taylor.
Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard neuroscientist who had a massive
left-hemisphere stroke. In the two videos below she explains how
the stroke left her in a state of right-brain facilitated bliss,
and how she struggled for 8 years to regain the use of her left
In this 54 minute Tapestry interview (above link) she goes into
more detail than in the videos.
of Insight Streaming video feed from the Canadian
available for viewing in Flash
[FLV] or Windows
Media Player [WMV])
Bolte Taylor's 2008 TED Talk Streaming video
feed from the TED
available for viewing in Flash
[FLV] or Windows
Media Player [WMV])
Wise Path. Are you working your way toward greater wisdom?
If so, this highly informative website deserves a visit. An ongoing
project of Leland R. Beaumont,
the site focuses on personal development in the emotional, cognitive,
and action spheres as well as the endpoint convergence of these
developmental paths: wisdom.
Wisdom is an insightful essay by Leland
R. Beaumont that, with the aid of helpful graphics, explores
both the personal growth process as one heads toward wisdom and
the final destination: wisdom itself. (A PDF file)
Fundamental to psychological/spiritual growth and the development
of wisdom is the understanding and management of our emotions
Beaumont calls Emotional Competency. His resource-rich
website is home to many on-point, understandable essays that shed
light on emotional and other personal growth issues.
Up This short essay on Alan Nordstrom's blog describes
the process: "to act wisely we must first comprehend (often
through sad experiences) which alternatives will prove most gratifying,
and then we must work to make them real or bring them into being."
Personal Wisdom by Copthorne
Macdonald. An overview of nine wisdom-fostering tools and activities.
How to Train the Aging Brain
This NY Times article by Barbara Strauch has implications for, and
presents insights into, the process of wisdom development.
A thought-stirring article.
SOPPHIA The 7 Dimensions
of Wisdom Bernard Brookes's "SOPPHIA model organizes
the plethora of competencies into 7 Dimensions of Wisdom, and provides
a framework that facilitates coaching and self-development efforts."
are the most effective ways to develop wisdom?
What practices work? Which ones are a waste of time? What attitudes, ways
of being, and ways of seeing are important to cultivate? And how do we
go about doing that? Please share your experience with the rest of us.
Wisdom, and Action is an article by Copthorne
Macdonald in the World Wisdom Rising (Fall/Winter 2007) issue
of the journal Kosmos:
An integral Approach to Global Awakening. (Also available
in PDF format.)
The 48 Ways to Wisdom.
In these 48+ essays, Rabbi Noel Weinberg presents deeply insightful
advice for those who are serious about developing wisdom.
#10, Honor the Wise Person. Rabbi Weinberg says, "An apprentice
gains firsthand knowledge by watching how an expert works. So too with
wisdom. Don't read about it in a book; find yourself an expert."
of Charles Halpern's book Making Waves and Riding the Currents.
Subtitled Activism and the Practice of Wisdom, this remarkable
book about a remarkable life is reviewed here by Copthorne Macdonald.
Wisdom-Centered Life website. Richard Trowbridge's new website
is a rich trove of wisdom resources. Check out the Cultivating
for the Wisdom-Centered Life by Richard
Hawley Trowbridge. This helpful set of principles or maxims are one
part of Richard's "Wisdom as Skill" course. (MS Word format.)
Wisdom Guidelines is Tom
Fox's tightly focused "crash course" in wisdom, presented
in his 2007 Commencement Address at Saint Peter's College.
and Societal Wisdom: Some thoughts on their nature and development
A text-with-slides transcript of Cop's 2006 talk at Orlando's University
Unitarian Universalist Society.