Throughout history, the vast majority of people around the globe have believed they have, however defined, a “soul.” While the question of whether the soul exists cannot be answered by science, what we can study are the causes and consequences of various beliefs about the soul and its prospects of surviving the death of the body. Why are soul and afterlife beliefs so common in human history? Are there adaptive advantages to assuming souls exist? Are there brain structures that have been shaped by environmental pressures that provide the foundation of body/mind dualism that is such a prominent feature of many religions? How do these beliefs shape the worldviews of different cultures and our collective lives? What is the role of competing afterlife beliefs in religion, science, politics, and war? This course explores several facets of this relatively unexplored but profoundly important aspect of human thought and behavior.
Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences - Unit 1: Historical Foundations
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Brilliant course, brilliant lecturers, brilliant topic, extremely well thought-out approach to such a mind-blowing topic. I highly recommend it to anyone with even the vaguest interest in the topic.
Could be more crisp. As it is undergraduate course in the university, a bit of extended (out of core point) lectures are given.\n\nI enjoyed and learnt many new things and ideas!!\n\nBig Thanks!!
I just started with this course and I am loving it! This not only offers a very fresh perspective on beliefs about souls and an afterlife but is also extremely relatable on a personal level.
Fascinating, informative, thought provoking, makes you think. What more could you ask for from a Course? The Professors are wonderful. I'm so glad I choose to take this Course.
Great course! Awesome lectures from both professors. So glad there are courses like this out there to open our minds and broaden our perspectives.
Great course, also very good example for interdisciplinary communication to solve some of the riddles\n\nwe call existence/life
He's talky...but it's an entertaining flow :) and you actually learn a lot. You can tell both of them enjoy teaching this MOOC.
The most interesting class I've ever taken. The material covers everything from psychology to sociology and then adds more.
I enjoyed the course. It gave a good historical look at the foundations of religion. I'm looking forward to Unit 2.
a thought provoking course .. the prof. has an amusing personality which makes it easy to go through the lecture
This is a truly unique course, covering an essential but largely neglected part of human nature and history.
A introduction into the history of beliefs. It was kind of frustrating the way Buddhism was covered.
This is an eye opening course. However I'm not willing to give up my belief in my Catholic faith.
Should be considered standard for all first year college students. A great course! Many thanks!
Great course. Complete all three parts to have a grip over genesis and utility of religion.
Excellent course, taught by absolutely amazing and intellectually stimulating professors.
I found it really amazing... i wish i could have been present in the classroom :)
Really liked the funny, old professor who gives most of the lectures. Good info.
Very enjoyable and relatable. Good mix of reading, lecture, and conversation.
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