Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The HUH? Quote of the Day

Today's HUH? quote:
It's widely agreed that wisdom includes six traits: empathy, compassion, altruism, self-understanding, emotional stability and pro-social attitudes, such as a tolerance for others' values, according to background information in a news release about the study.
Yeah, it's widely agreed, according to background info in the news release. Oh, and it should be noted that the Wikipedia article on the subject only lists one of these as an attribute of wisdom: Self-understanding. Oddly, that's really the only one I agree with. And look, if you have to do lots of research to determine something, then there probably isn't wide agreement on it.

But the study itself was pretty dumb too. Essentially, they "discovered" the pathway of wisdom by arbitrarily picking "the six attributes most commonly associated with wisdom" and then studying "the brain circuitry associated with those attributes." In other words, it's a steaming pile of crap that means very little.

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