- About Our Work
- Research Prize Projects
- Human Co-operation at UCL
- The Alzheimer Enigma in an Ageing World
- Solving the Mystery of the Biology of Ageing
- The Search For Drugs That Slow Ageing - Are We There Yet? and Why Not?
- UCL’s Festival of Ageing
- UCL's Festival of Ageing Research Prize Workshop
- Workshop Requirements
- Choreographing architectural gestures in urban spaces & sPins
- Two events commissioned by one of the cross-disciplinary research projects awarded a prize at the Behaviour Change Research Prize Workshop
- Tackling Age Inequalities: a research agenda
- What are the important questions for research into ageing? A public engagement workshop for people aged 70 and over.
- How Universities Can Help Create a Wiser World
- Bartlett Research Exchange: Ethics in Built Environment Research
- Case management for frail older people: the Swedish experience
- Are children our future? Wellbeing research partnerships with schools
- Research Expertise
- Getting Involved
- Contact us
- Small Grants
- Ageing Initiative
- UCL Grand Challenge Evaluation Survey
Click below to share this pageTweet
Published: May 21, 2015 12:09:04 PM
Published: May 20, 2015 1:32:26 PM
Published: May 19, 2015 10:12:34 AM
- Apply for a 2015-16 Grand Challenges Small Grant: Up to £4,000 available
- UCL Grand Challenges Research Summer School 2015
- Global Food Security: £10,000 Grants Available
- UCL Researchers: Why contribute to The Conversation?
- Grand Challenges Student Fund: up to £750 available for student led projects – More
How Universities Can Help Create a Wiser World
Thursday, 20 March 2014
6pm-7.30pm, followed by a book signing/drinks reception. The drinks reception is generously supported by Imprint Academic
A lecture by Nick Maxwell Emeritus Reader in History and Philosophy of Science, Dept of Science & Technology Studies and author of How universities can help create a wiser world: The urgent need for an academic revolution. (1st ed.). Imprint Academic: Exeter.
Responses from Philip Ball, science writer and Alan Sokal, Professor of Mathematics, UCL and Professor of Physics, New York University
Chair: Professor David Price, Vice-Provost Research, UCL
Respondent: Philip Ball, freelance science writer
In order to make progress towards a better world we need to learn how to do it. And for that we need institutions of learning rationally designed and devoted to helping us solve our global problems, make progress towards a better world. It is just this that we lack at present. Our universities pursue knowledge. They are neither designed nor devoted to helping humanity learn how to tackle global problems — problems of living — in more intelligent, humane and effective ways. That, this book argues, is the key disaster of our times, the crisis behind all the others: our failure to have developed our institutions of learning so that they are rationally organized to help us solve our problems of living — above all, our global problems. Having universities devoted almost exclusively to the pursuit of knowledge is a recipe for disaster. Scientific knowledge and technological know-how have unquestionably brought great benefits to humanity. But they have also made possible — even caused — our current global crises, above all the impending crisis of global warming.
Nicholas Maxwell will argue that we need urgently to bring about a revolution in universities round the world so that their basic aim becomes wisdom, and not just knowledge.
Organised and supported by the UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing
Page last modified on 14 mar 14 15:06