Templeton Foundation Humility Presentation posted

Mark Alfano, with whom I am currently collaborating on several projects invited me last year to become a contractor on a project to develop a behavioral measure of Intellectual Humility, the character trait

Humility is a “virtue,” a trait that is desirable and commonly expected to be present in a “good person.” Aristotle and later Thomas Aquinas divide virtues into two types: moral (for example, bravery) and intellectual. Humility is among the latter.

The development of this measure marked the end of a multi-study project led by Drs. Alfano, Daniel Lapsley, and Paul Stey to study Intellectual Humility through the John Templeton Foundation and Thrive Center for Human Development. We created an extension to the popular Qualtrics survey software to allow us to sync responses across participants in almost real-time.

We recently presented progress on the project overall, including this new behavioral measure, at a conference organized by the Templeton Foundation and Thrive Center for all of the varied psychologists, philosophers, and theologians who had been awarded grants to research the broader topic of Intellectual Humility. A video of our presentation has recently been posted by the Thrive Center (below). My portion of the talk begins at 24:45, following more substantive portions by Dr. Alfano and collaborator Kathryn Iurino.