Dilip Jeste, MD--Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good (a FAN Webinar)

We're so happy to partner with Family Action Network as they present a webinar with Dilip Jeste, M.D,  Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at UC San Diego. Dr. Jeste's new book is Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good. Dr. Jeste, a pioneer in the field of neurobiology and psychology of wisdom, reflects on the modern rise in suicides, opioid abuse, loneliness, and internet addiction that damages people's health and destroys the social fabric. But he notes we can nurture and grow every facet of wisdom to face these challenges and others more effectively.

Following Dr. Jeste’s talk, he will be interviewed by Howard Nusbaum, Ph.D., director of the Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom at the University of Chicago.  Register for this free webinar HERE.

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

Special AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Dr. Jeste's book Wiser from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Dr. Jeste and Dr. Nusbaum that will start immediately after the webinar. NOTE: The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS will appear in red font at the top of your email receipt. Please look for it!

About the Book: What exactly does it mean to be wise? And is it possible to grow and even accelerate its unfolding? For over two decades, Dilip Jeste, MD, has led the search for the biological and cognitive roots of wisdom. What's emerged from his work is that wisdom is a very real and deeply multi-layered set of traits. Across many cultures and centuries, he's found that wise people are: Compassionate and empathetic, aware of their gifts and blind spots, open-minded, resolute and calm amid uncertainty, altruistic decision-makers who learn from their experiences, able to see from many perspectives and altitudes, and often blessed with a sense of adventure and humor.

"The new science of wisdom is transforming the way we understand human potential and showing that the ancients were right: wisdom is real, wisdom is precious, and we can all be, yes, wiser. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and a lifetime of research, Dilip Jeste brings the attributes of wisdom--compassion, self-reflection, humor, curiosity, and spirituality--to every page. He shows that wisdom can be developed and strengthened, and he explains how. A lot of books have made me smarter. This one made me better." -- Jonathan Rauch, author of The Happiness Curve, senior fellow of Brookings Institution, and recipient of National Magazine Award

About the Author: Dilip Jeste, MD, is the senior associate dean for healthy aging and senior care, professor of psychiatry and neurosciences, and director of the Center for Healthy Aging at UC San Diego. He is past president of the American Psychiatric Association. A neuropsychiatrist specializing in geriatric issues, Jeste has spent more than 20 years studying aspects of healthy aging and the neurobiological roots of wisdom.

About the Interlocutor: Howard Nusbaum, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Center for Practical Wisdom, and serves as the Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology at The University of Chicago. He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles on perception and perceptual learning, sleep consolidation, absolute pitch, the neural mechanisms of speech perception, environmental neuroscience, neuroeconomics, hallucination, and wisdom.

Event date: 

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Online Zoom webinar!
Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781683644637
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Sounds True - November 3rd, 2020

From the field's pioneer, an exploration of the neurobiology and psychology of wisdom: what science says it is and how to nurture it within yourself—at any stage of your life.

What exactly does it mean to be "wise?" And is it possible to grow and even accelerate its unfolding?