About this event
8th June 2021, 4pm BST
Organisms, human and otherwise, are composed of multiple component systems. However, humans do not act as assemblies of independent parts – humans are integrated beings. Any slice of action necessarily involves some type of integration of all the psychological subsystems that make up the human organism. It is difficult, of course, to study the human action and experience as an integrated whole. Human thinking operates as an integrated process and develops toward increasingly integrated outcomes. Over time, thinking that brings knowledge and practical problem-solving together with social and ethical understanding moves in the direction of wisdom. These are the types of thinking that we need to cultivate in order to address this lack.
Michael Mascolo (Merrimack College), Thomas Bidell (Independent scholar) and Eeva K. Kallio (University of Jyväskylä)
The three speakers are editors of recent books on human development, published in 2020: Handbook of Integrative Developmental Science, edited by Michael Mascolo and Thomas Bidell (Routledge, 2020) and Development of Adult Thinking: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cognitive Development and Adult Learning. Eeva K. Kallio (editor) (Routedge, 2020).