Evolution of Wisdom Project


Project Dates: August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2017
Principal Investigators: Celia Deane-Drummond and Agustín Fuentes
Funded by: The John Templeton Foundation and the University of Notre Dame

Project Aim
  • To understand the human capacity for wisdom: where did it come from and how did it emerge?
Project Summary

The project seeks to investigate the basic parameters, and processes, of the evolutionary origins of human wisdom, where wisdom is defined as the pattern (and ability) of successful complex decision-making in navigating social networks and dynamic niches in human communities. In this endeavor Christian theology and anthropology begin to converge. We aim to uncover empirical ways of assessing and measuring the development of a distinctively human capacity for negotiating social and material worlds within the human evolutionary record, as well as tracking these developments in light of theological anthropology. 

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