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December 09, 2008

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Sukhbir  Dadwal

Wow Dr. Mobus, a whole year. I've been regular reader for about six months now and already, I have learned the importance of questioning my own beliefs. I can't wait to see what you have to share with us in the years to come. Keep up the good work.

Most people around the world are too poor to worry about global problems on a regular basis - they have to worry about putting food on the table day-to-day. Here in the US and other western nations, we are so privileged to have enough money/time to put our efforts into important global issues so it is crucial that we use our time and energy to help the world and not just ourselves.

SystemsThinker

I think a lot of the problem is that we have worked so hard to increase our intellectual skills and technology without a corresponding increase in emotional maturity. A lot of what you may be calling wisdom is really about EQ as opposed to IQ. EQ, in my view, is very tied into the ability to see how various parts of systems and various people relate to each other despite their differences and to appreciate the importance of this diversity.

Also, a quote that your post brought to mind which I think you'll appreciate as much as I do:

"The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." - Edward Teller

George Mobus

Thanks Sukhbir. Hope not to disappoint!

Welcome SystemsThinker.

EQ is indeed part of the story of sapience and ultimately wisdom. I will be exploring the inner workings of sapience as gleaned from the psychology literature on wisdom in the coming weeks. One of the elements of sapience is the capabilities of the prefrontal cortex to down modulate the limbic system's responses (emotions) so that the conscious and cognitive mind (the frontal lobes in general) can take charge of decision making and allow judgments based on experience and intelligence to provide better guidance.

I don't know if you caught the post on sapience back on January 21 but that is where I started describing the basic functions of sapience and its relationship with other constructs - intelligence, creativity, and affect. I will be digging deeper in the future to explore what functional components constitute sapience. You will be happy to know that the four primary functions are: higher-level judgment, moral sentiment, strategic thinking, and *systems* thinking.

Look for it in this following week.

George

George Mobus

Thanks Sukhbir. Hope not to disappoint!

Welcome SystemsThinker.

EQ is indeed part of the story of sapience and ultimately wisdom. I will be exploring the inner workings of sapience as gleaned from the psychology literature on wisdom in the coming weeks. One of the elements of sapience is the capabilities of the prefrontal cortex to down modulate the limbic system's responses (emotions) so that the conscious and cognitive mind (the frontal lobes in general) can take charge of decision making and allow judgments based on experience and intelligence to provide better guidance.

I don't know if you caught the post on sapience back on January 21 but that is where I started describing the basic functions of sapience and its relationship with other constructs - intelligence, creativity, and affect. I will be digging deeper in the future to explore what functional components constitute sapience. You will be happy to know that the four primary functions are: higher-level judgment, moral sentiment, strategic thinking, and *systems* thinking.

Look for it in this following week.

George

GaryA

Testing,testing new typepad route to post comments.....

(rather than wasting time as it never worked previously)

George Mobus

Looks like it worked Gary!

George

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