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How universities can help create a wiser world

Maxwell, N; (2014) How universities can help create a wiser world. Times Higher Education , No. 21 p. 30. Green open access

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Abstract

The crisis of our times is that we have science without wisdom. Modern science and technology lead to modern industry and agriculture which in turn lead to all the great benefits of the modern world and to the global crises we face, from population growth to climate change. The fault lies, not with science, but with science dissociated from a more fundamental concern with problems of living. We urgently need to bring about a revolution in academia so that the fundamental task becomes to help humanity learn how to tackle problems of living in increasingly cooperatively rational ways, so that we may gradually discover how to make progress towards a better, wiser world.

Type: Article
Title: How universities can help create a wiser world
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/comment/opin...
Language: English
Keywords: Academic revolution, Knowledge, Wisdom, Global problems, Social inquiry, Natural science, The university, Aims of inquiry, Problems of living
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1418185
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