Current interrelated global challenges like weather weirding, climate change, economic stress, and social injustice require intergenerative solutions driven by enhanced systems thinking and deeper ethical valuing. What is the role of neuroscience and cognitive science in creating such necessary collective wisdom? We will discuss ideas of brain health, the problems of overmedicalizing aging (like the myth of Alzheimer's) , and the need for integrating the arts and humanities in our thinking about our cognitive functioning and our very humanity. Nothing short of human flourishings (and even survival) are at stake., We will illustrate some answers to these challenges through The Intergenerational School and other innovative learning approaches as well as deep and broad approaches to so-called brain health.
Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, PhD is Professor of Neurology as well as former Professor of Cognitive Science, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Psychology, Nursing, Organizational Behavior, Bioethics and History at Case Western Reserve University.
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