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How can we wisely create our future?

Welcome to the Wisdom and the Future Research Center, where researchers are exploring the question

How can we wisely create our future?

We welcome your participation as spectators, enthusiasts, learners, researchers, or advocates.

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Research is conducted according to the Wikiversity research guidelines.

The following sections suggest the evolving research agenda.

NewsEdit

  • April 14, 2019 the Moral Reasoning curriculum is now available on Wikiversity. The curriculum is designed to help people know what to do.
  • February 3, 2019 the Emotional Competency curriculum is now available on Wikiversity. This study guide suggests a path through the courses.
  • December 1, 2018 the Wisdom and the Future Research Center is open and welcoming researchers. Please announce new research results, resources, events, or initiatives here.

What is wisdom?Edit

Wisdom can be briefly described as pursuit of well-being.

The Wikiversity course wisdom explores several more formal definitions of wisdom, lists exemplars of Wisdom, and provides guidance for wise decision making.

How can we become wise?Edit

The Wikiversity course Living Wisely offers a course of study, reflections, and actions intended to guide you toward living life more wisely.

The Wikiversity applied wisdom curriculum provides a variety of courses students can choose from.

The essay and video seeking real good describe a wise path forward.

What matters?Edit

As we learn to focus on what is most important in life we are creating a wiser future. The Wikiversity course What Matters helps students explore what is most important in life.

Envisioning our futureEdit

Describing the future as we would like to see it unfold is an important step toward creating that future. The Wikiversity course Envisioning Our Future helps students imagine and describe the desirable and attainable future they foresee.

Researchers are creating this gallery of envisioned futures.

Science fiction can provide rapid prototyping tools that help us imagine, share, and evaluate possible futures.

The future of human rightsEdit

As the future unfolds It is wise to increase protection of human rights worldwide. The Wikiversity course Assessing Human Rights proposes an approach to advancing human rights, world wide.

The future of moral reasoningEdit

As technological progress expands the range of what we can do, it becomes more important to carefully decide what we ought to do. We are currently struggling with a transition from tribal cultures to a global culture. Moral reasoning is likely to progress beyond theism and other vestiges of tribal culture and toward a global perspective.

Elements of moral reasoning include:

An important moral question is who matters? Possible answers include: me, my friends and family, my community, my nation, all the world’s people, sentient beings, all beings, all living species, people yet to be born, all beings for all time.

These ideas are developed more fully in the course on Moral Reasoning.

The future of social systemsEdit

An ongoing research project is exploring how we can improve our social operating systems, seeking better solutions that can unleash the wisdom of the people while avoiding the folly that is so salient today. The project recognizes that If we could work together constructively, we could all flourish.

Future governmentsEdit

What, if anything, are the essential roles of government?

Future economiesEdit

How can we best account for value and exchange goods and services fairly?

We need to overcome existing economic faults and eliminate crony capitalism.

The future of dyingEdit

How do we wisely care for ourselves and others as we approach the end of our lifespan?

Potential references:

  • Gawande, Atul (September 5, 2017). Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. p. 304. ISBN 978-1250076229.

Transformational technologiesEdit

While the full list of emerging technologies is quite long, a shorter list of technological advances promise to transform how we live. These include:

ChallengesEdit

To wisely create our future we have to solve the grand challenges we face today.

An ongoing research project is working to identify the various causes of suboptimal life experiences.

Research projects on other threats include:

Creating our futureEdit

Wisdom is action! We can work to make wisdom the next pinnacle of achievement.

Each of us can:

RosterEdit

Active researchers are:

Recommended readingEdit

ResourcesEdit

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