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Special Issue: From Knowledge to Wisdom: Science and the Good Life

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Special Issue: From Knowledge to Wisdom: Science and the Good Life

Published: November 2016

Volume 1384

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Various scientific disciplines, from sociology and economics to neuroscience and psychology, have devised innovative and empirical methods for assessing subjective states of happiness and well-being, providing intriguing new clues about our complex nature and what fosters a happy and meaningful life. To discuss the interdisciplinary investigation of happiness, morality, and wisdom, and the enduring quest to discover how to lead the good life, the New York Academy of Sciences in collaboration with the Nour Foundation presented an engaging and probative three-part series entitled “From Knowledge to Wisdom: Science and the Good Life,” which brought together an array of leading scientists, philosophers, and scholars. This Annals issue presents several essays from the panelists, as well as transcripts from each of the three panel discussions—“A New Science of Happiness: the Paradox of Pleasure,” “The Moral Animal: Virtue, Vice, and Human Nature,” and “Cultivating Character: the Art of Living”—moderated by Steve Paulson of Wisconsin Public Radio's To the Best of Our Knowledge.