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For millennia, philosophers and theologians have been preoccupied with the notion of wisdom (the Greek word philosophia means “love of wisdom”). Centuries before the Greeks got into the act, the religious traditions of India and China were thinking about wisdom, emphasizing the regulation of emotion—or emotional balance—as key to it.

But it wasn’t until about four decades ago that it became a topic of empirical study: What does it mean to be wise? Where does wisdom live in the brain? Is it possible that there's a specific neurocircuitry of wisdom?

"The Wisdom of the Aging Brain" by Anil Ananthaswamy
A.D: Francesco Izzo