From Knowledge to Wisdom: Science and the Good Life

Thursday, October 8, 2015 through Sunday, January 3, 2016

WNYC is a media partner of From Knowledge to Wisdom: Science and the Good Life, a lecture series presented by the New York Academy of Sciences.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

A New Science of Happiness: The Paradox of Pleasure

How does the relationship between happiness and pleasure shape our quest to lead the good life? Attorney Kim Azzarelli, historian Darrin McMahon, and psychologist Barry Schwartz discuss their research on happiness, pleasure, and the coveted good life. 


Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Moral Animal: Virtue, Vice & Human Nature 

Is a basic model of human nature necessary to navigate the good life? Philosophers Susan Neiman and Christian Miller join forces with science writer Michael Shermer to take a closer look at our moral ecology and its influence on our underlying assumptions about human nature. 


Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Cultivating Character: The Art of Living

Philosopher of science Philip Kitcher joins Humean philosopher Valerie Tiberius and distinguished psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett to explore the role of wisdom in the interplay between positive emotions, virtues, and character.