CARROLLWOOD-Tampa Bay Thinkers Discussion Group

Monday, January 21st 2013 at 6:30 pm
Monday, January 21st 2013 at 8:00 pm
Carrollwood Cultural Center,4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, FL

Don't forget to bring a pot luck treat. And study the referenced preparatory material. 

To All the Wise Thinkers,

Last year I read this nice book contemplating what it means to be wise. I bet this is a notion that most Thinkers aspire for but, as I know in my own short time here and there, fail miserably at the task. That doesn’t mean that I still do not aspire.

But when we think of wisdom, we normally ponder a contemplative mindset where a lifetime of learning opportunities coalesce into a state of mind where someone can help others through a ‘whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ collective that a wise person has available and communicates through.

To center our discussion, I would like to go over elements of the book ‘Wisdom: from Philosophy to Neuroscience’ by Stephen H Hall that I offer a link to the NY Times book review article below that certainly captures the tone if not the essence of the materials offered.

And if you happen to get your hands on this book, please concentrate on final chapter, ‘Dare to Be Wise: Does Wisdom Have a Future?’

This is the theme I would like to focus the discussion on. I feel we live in times where the contemplative mindset we ascribe to the wise is becoming less possible and held in lower esteem in a world I feel is obsessed with a constantly flowing ADHD consciousness where we filter feed often mindlessly through incomprehensible factoids with time only to await the next pile of factoids.

Can wisdom survive in this modern tidal wave of ‘stuff’ where we do not take the time to really understand anything and those that do are somehow lost in an irrelevant vapor trail from the jet stream of a culture hurtling forward fearfully.

Please come to this discussion and proudly proclaim that you are one of those nerds lost in that vapor trail and have some ideas on how the wise can rise again.

Dale Friedley
Head the Dork

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