June 27, 2009

From Herbert Gintis:

Re: A seat of wisdom in the brain? (April 24): This report is an example of neuroscientific gullibility. The authors offer a highly speculative idea of the regions of the brain associated with “wisdom.” This is far froms plausible. The authors locate brain areas the function when wisdom-related tasks are performed. This is like saying that chemists revealed the nature of “beauty” by showing that great painters use three main “colors” and they participate in different degrees in making a “beautiful” painting.

Herbert Gintis
Santa Fe Institute and Central European University


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