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Wouter Sanderse: Are we educating a society of 'smart fools'?

Education Bazaar 2017

Around the world, IQ's have risen 30 points in the 20th century. One question is whether this means that people have actually become more intelligent. The question that Wouter Sanderse focus on in this lecture is whether being smart may not be a bad thing as well: can intelligence not just as well be used for bad or trivial purposes, if we don't equip people with skills and attitudes to make the world a better place?

In this talk, Sanderse will argue that being smart is not so positive it if isn't moderated by practical wisdom, a notion with ancient roots that is still very relevant today. Sanderse will examine what practical wisdom is, how it is related to having moral character, and how to cultivate it in the university.

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