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 Wise Owl

By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on May 10, 2010 

Wisdom may be the most valuable virtue associated with life and the aging process.

Knowledge, judgment, compassion, and common sense are words that describe some of the universal traits attributed to wisdom, each of them broadly recognized and valued.

In fact, there is no enduring, consistent definition of what it means exactly to be wise. It is a virtue widely treasured but essentially unexplained, a timeless subject only now attracting rigorous, scientific scrutiny.

In 2009, Dilip V. Jeste, MD, and Thomas W. Meeks, MD, both professors in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego and researchers at the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, published a paper proposing that sagacity might have a neurobiological basis.

In other words, that wisdom is wired.

In the June issue of The Gerontologist and currently online, Jeste and Meeks go further, attempting to identify the central, unifying elements that define wisdom.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/05/10/researchers-look-to-define-wisdom/13658.html



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