Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute: Pilot

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  • Project Duration:

    April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019

  • Core Funding Area:

    Big Questions

  • Priority:

    Diverse Intelligences

  • Region:

    North America

  • Amount Awarded:


Director: Jacob Gates Foster

Institution: The Regents of the University of California

What is the constellation of intelligences in the world? Can its exploration enhance human flourishing? How can we recognize intelligences different from our own in the living world? How can we shape human intelligences to enliven and enhance our being? What can we learn by exploring intelligences beyond biology? And what questions in the area of Diverse Intelligences have we not yet thought to ask?

The Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute (DISI) sets out to answer these questions through a radical new program. With generous funding from the Templeton World Charity Foundation, DISI supports talented graduate students, post-docs, and early-career researchers as they investigate the world's constellation of intelligences. Hosted at the University of St Andrews (Scotland), the two-week program connects participants with an international and interdisciplinary roster of established faculty.

DISI will build an interdisciplinary community of promising scholars dedicated to asking Big Questions about the origin, nature, and future of intelligences. By breaking down traditional transdisciplinary boundaries, the program seeks to extend the frontiers of intelligence.


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