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Coursera: Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences - Unit 2: Belief Systems

 with  Leonard W. Hamilton and Daniel M. Ogilvie
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 2.

Syllabus

Introduction to Unit 2


Thinking and Feeling


Terror Management


Internalized Beliefs I


Internalized Beliefs II: The Evolution of Senses of Self in Childhood


After-Life, Out of Body, and Disembodied: What's the Evidence I


After-Life, Out of Body, and Disembodied: What's the Evidence? II


Biological Perspectives on Beliefs


The Brain and Our Emotional Future


The Biology of Thou Shalt Not


The Undesired Self


General Course Pages


5 Student
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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Upcoming
Subject Psychology
Institution Rutgers University
Provider Coursera
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Calendar 11 weeks long
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5 reviews for Coursera's Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences - Unit 2: Belief Systems

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10 months ago
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Taich partially completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
The topic is interesting and speakers from outside the course were interesting. However the primary professor during this session wanders, tells too many personal stories, and seldom expresses his views coherently and concisely. I completed the first and third sessions but not this one.
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a year ago
David Robles partially completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I lost my time share on the computer as we are I a state facility. Found it hard to finish assignments.
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2 years ago
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