Wisdom is conventionally talked about as an abstract characteristic, however, “Is There a Seat of Wisdom in the Brain?” introduces evidence that suggests wisdom may have neurobiological roots. Researchers at the University of California San Diego broke down wisdom into the traits that commonly define it across different cultures such as “empathy, compassion or altruism, emotional stability, self-understanding, and pro-social attitudes, including a tolerance for others’ values.” After breaking it down into these less abstract abilities, the researchers performed a series of studies to monitor blood flow to the brain while performing different tasks related to the aforementioned abilities. Remarkably, they found that the parts of the brain related to the attributes of wisdom use multiple parts of the brain each, encompassing the entire brain.
I believe the research was credible, involving physical evidence (the monitored blood flow to different regions of the brain). This research is important because it could not only lead to developing strategies to increase a person in their wisdom, but it could also shed some light on the effect of various neurological diseases on a person’s wisdom (the various attributes that commonly define it). In the words of the researchers, “Knowledge of the underlying mechanisms in the brain could potentially lead to developing interventions for enhancing wisdom.” Perhaps in a future society, our understanding of the neurobiological roots of the attributes that make up wisdom will lead us to be more critical thinking, empathetic, altruistic, and emotionally stable.
University of California – San Diego. (2009, April 7). Is There A Seat Of Wisdom In The Brain?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 27, 2020, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090406192244.htm