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Scholars and Scientists Invited to Apply for New Wisdom Research Initiative

Here’s an interesting grant opportunity to do research on wisdom: The Arete Initiative at the University of Chicago (www.uchicago.edu) has announced a $2 million research program on the nature and benefits of wisdom. The three-year initiative is intended to generate high quality research on wisdom and develop a network of young scholars and scientists from a variety of disciplines. The program seeks to support highly original, methodologically rigorous projects from a broad range of disciplines: neuroscience, psychology, genetics, evolutionary biology, game theory, computer science, sociology, anthropology, economics, philosophy, ethics, education, human development, history, theology, and religion.

Examples of projects might include: wisdom in the context of risk and uncertainty; wisdom in the context of real-world unknowables; wisdom in the context of social norms; finding new wisdom in the context of optimization models in biology and computer science; new wisdom in the context of changing of ethical systems and law; wisdom in selecting subjective preference weights in the context of economic models; the art of balancing long-term and short term considerations and trade-offs; wisdom in the design of institutional structures; new ways to learn/teach emerging kinds of wisdom; wisdom in nature; and wisdom in the practice of compassion (forgiveness, international aid programs, etc.)

In 2008, the initiative will award up to twenty, two-year research grants to scholars from institutions around the world who have received their Ph.D. within the past ten years. Principal Investigators for the winning projects will become members of a Wisdom Research Network and will participate in two network meetings over the course of their projects. Visit the program’s Web site for application guidelines: www.wisdomresearch.org. The deadline for letters of intent is November 19, 2007.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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