Jukka Kaisla

Ph.D. (Econ.) Principal Lecturer, yliopettaja


- psychological economics
- evolutionary economics
- institutional economics
- buddhist psychology
- buddhist economics


Projects and research interests

Learning and critical thinking.  People have increasing difficulties in perceiving what is what in reality. Easy access to expanding information has brought some less beneficial effects: people follow hearsay and consider opinions as truths, and empirical facts as opinions. Gossip, opinion, information, and knowledge become all mixed together. We do not know why we think the way we do because we are not in contact with our very own mind. We are like guests in our own home.

Critical thinking has been with us for a long time and it is part of the evolution whose outcomes we enjoy every day. The importance of critical thinking is not self-evident, however, not even at the university level which should provide training and practice in creative and analytical thinking. My aim is to promote methods of critical thinking for students to learn and practise their metacognitive skills, which offer significant value in their paths of life.

The Buddha's methodology is primarily a phenomenology and systematic training of the mind. Its goal is liberation through clear understanding of the reality as it is, not salvation or any other reference to fictitious phenomena.

Buddhism has become impregnated with myths and beliefs, and it is unfortunately often mistaken for religion - even by many Buddhists. The Buddha understood our primal tendency to reify things. These essentially empty and fictitious things we cling to create misery and conflict among people.

My task is to bring forth the psychological and critical empiricist methodology of the Buddha which easily becomes confused with myths, doctrines, and rituals that people and traditions tend to invent, spread, and follow.
Articles and publications

The Middle Way: The Art of Realisation PDF v. 5.4 (2015-2019) For the less fearful.
Buddhalainen psykologia PDF (fi) v. 2.2 (2017) Lyhyt käsittely buddhalaisen psykologian perusluonteesta.
OnePage-menetelmän alkutaival 2011-2019 PDF (fi) (2019) Kuvaus menetelmän synnystä ja ensimmäisen 9 vuoden kokemuksista.
OnePage (en) Method in Critical Thinking PDF (2011-2020)  A pedagogy for the internet era. Article contains instructions for the method.
OnePage (fi) Menetelmä kriittiseen ajatteluun PDF (2011-2020) Internet-ajan pedagogia. Artikkeli sisältää ohjeistuksen menetelmään.
Google's Impact on Learning and Innovation: A Psychological Approach Prezi (2013) Presentation at 4th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference at Kyungpook National University, South Korea.
Choice Behaviour: Looking for Remedy to Some Central Logical Problems in Rational Action  PDF (2003) Kyklos, vol. 56 (2), pp. 245-262. Editor's assessment
AN EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL THEORY OF THE FIRM, in: Jensen, H. S. et al. (2003) The Evolution of Scientific Knowledge. Chelterham: Edward Elgar.
RULES, CHOICE, AND ECONOMIC ORGANISATIONS: An Inquiry into Procedural and Consequential Considerations of Rules PDF (2002) Copenhagen Business School. This Doctoral Thesis was accepted as it is, with no alterations.
Extending the Constitutional Theory of the Firm by Introducing Conventions PDF (2001) IVS working paper series.
Rationality And Rule Following: On Procedural and Consequential Interests of the Rule-guided Individual PDF (2001) IVS working paper series.
Constitutional Dynamics of the Open Source Software Development PDF (2001) IVS working paper series.
MARKET PROCESS AND THE FIRM: Some Indications of Rule-following and Entrepreneurship Under Genuine Uncertainty PDF (1998). Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID) working paper series.
DISCOVERY IN THE MARKET AND RULE-MAKING: Combining Spontaneity and Design PDF (1997) Master's Thesis in economics.

Economics & Society

Sacred Economics

Buddhism = Reality
Thich Nhat Hanh - What is Buddhism
Nagarjuna - The founding father of the Madhyamaka - the Middle Way
Jay L. Garfield - Contemporary champion of the Madhyamaka
Tyhjäntoimittajat (fi) - Suomalaisia podcast-keskusteluja buddhalaisuudesta
Mujitsu/Taimu shakuhachi produces sounds of emptiness and form. 

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