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Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences - Unit 3: How Does It All End?, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

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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. The course consists mainly of 70 to 80 minute lectures, typically broken up into 3 segments, recorded from a course offered by Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences. These videos include slides and some embedded video clips. Most lectures are accompanied by slides used during the lecture, also including recommended reading assignment which may provide additional opportunities to reflect on your studies. Due to the lengthiness of this class and natural progression, the online course has been separated into 3 units, this is Unit 3....

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創建者 JC

Apr 06, 2018

Very interesting and engaging course. Loved the work that Professors Ogilvy and Hamilton did to put the 3 units together.

創建者 PK

Sep 08, 2017

Amazing, thought provoking, engaging, and educational course

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創建者 Eugenio De Pavia

Nov 13, 2018

excelent course, the best is that they make you think and brake down so many paradigms.

創建者 Jeanne Audrey Currie

Apr 06, 2018

Very interesting and engaging course. Loved the work that Professors Ogilvy and Hamilton did to put the 3 units together.

創建者 Niranjana BS

Dec 28, 2017

This Course gives a relation to the Brain, Beliefs and the religious approach for the existing belief systems. The combination of the species, brain development, and the adaptation of the brain to the needed situations are very clearly explained.

創建者 Neringa Banyte

Nov 27, 2017

Soul Beliefs was a practically useful course for me. Thanks to a well presented course material, I have learned that the ultimate evolutionary adaptation ability belongs to those traits that are perceived as promoting survival of the species whereas in reality they survive at the expense of the species.

創建者 Emmanouil Pagiatakis

Oct 23, 2017

Professor Ogilvie and professor Hamilton did fine job in making an emotionally laden issue accessible to a broader audience. Rather than taking polemic positions against soul beliefs and established religions, their goal is to make clear how soul beliefs worked throughout the history and explain with a lot of examples and evidence how the evolution theory works. My only remark is that whole course could fit into two parts. That would make things easier for many users.

創建者 Prerana Kottapalli

Sep 08, 2017

Amazing, thought provoking, engaging, and educational course

創建者 JOHN QUINCY

Jul 05, 2017

great course with lots of info to think about

創建者 Joy Smith

Jun 02, 2017

Culminates a 3 mooc series. They get increasingly abstract as they go on. This had some good info on science vs. religion.

創建者 Sue

May 18, 2017

I enjoyed the course. Loved Unit 1 the best!

創建者 Marc Steven McClain

Oct 01, 2016

These professors took a brave approach to discussing topics that are avoided in the classroom but merit discussion. It was a well balanced course that doesn't shove you into a particular corner but instead offers multiple viewpoints and questions for you to consider about your own personal beliefs.