As other reviewers have stated, this course is very academic. Dr. Germano's style is very dry. I would describe it as uber-academic – he uses 5-syllable words when 2-syllable words would do. That might sound nit-picky, but he clearly didn't realize that many of his students (going by the members of my class) are not religious studies majors. We're laypeople who are interested in the topic. As such, we need simplified explanations to ease us into his research. The lectures by the neuroscientist, which were highly technical, were really interesting and a lot easier to follow because Dr. Saron tailored his lectures to his audience, explaining things at our level.
Despite the rough parts, I'm giving this course four stars because I learned a lot. There is a lot of content, and there is a lot of thought-provoking stuff. I especially liked the visiting lecturers and the hands-on (or mind-on) contemplative labs, which give practical advice for beginning meditators. And I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for future courses in this series.