Truth, beauty and goodness in the 21st century

May 11, 2011
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In an age when anyone with a computer can produce and circulate instant information, what is “truth?” When photographs, and even faces, can be doctored to fit popular standards of attractiveness, how do we define “beauty?” And with the explosion of internet rumors and the ease of illegal downloading, does anyone value “goodness?” Every civilization has defined these principals for itself, but as times change, so do our perceptions of traditional values. In his new book, author and educator Howard Gardner argues that despite our ever-changing world, truth, beauty and goodness are and should remain cornerstones of our society. Gardner, who pioneered the theory of multiple intelligences, sheds some much-needed light on how these elusive concepts may be reframed, reformulated and nurtured into the next century.

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