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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 1.
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Предполагаемая нагрузка: 15 hours of videos, quizzes and peer review
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Субтитры: English, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Introduction to the Course

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Reading
1 video (Total 24 min), 2 readings
Video1 videos
Reading2 readings
Welcome to the Course10m
Learner Support10m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

What I was Told to Believe

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Reading
3 videos (Total 79 min)
Video3 videos
What I was Told to Believe Part II25m
What I was Told to Believe Part III33m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Historical Foundations of Soul Beliefs #1

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Reading
2 videos (Total 34 min), 2 readings
Video2 videos
Historical Foundations of Soul Beliefs #1 Part II17m
Reading2 readings
Reading Resource20m
Reading Resource20m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Historical Foundations of Soul Beliefs #2

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Reading
3 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Historical Foundations of Soul Beliefs #2 Part II26m
Historical Foundations of Soul Beliefs #2 Part III16m
Reading1 readings
Reading Resource10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 130m

5

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Historical Foundations of Soul Beliefs #3

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Reading
3 videos (Total 61 min), 1 reading
Video3 videos
Historical Foundations of Soul Beliefs #3 Part II23m
Historical Foundations of Soul Beliefs #3 Part III20m
Reading1 readings
Reading Resource10m

6

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Functions of Religion in Ancient & Modern Times

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Reading
3 videos (Total 66 min), 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Functions of Religion in Ancient & Modern Times Part II25m
Functions of Religion in Ancient & Modern Times Part III17m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 230m

7

Section
Clock
11 minutes to complete

Reactions to Scientific Evidence

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Reading
1 video (Total 11 min)
Video1 videos

8

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Religions Under Attack

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Reading
4 videos (Total 186 min), 1 reading
Video4 videos
Religion Under Attack Part II22m
Religion Under Attack Part III16m
Additional Video - The Four Horsemen of Atheism57m
Reading1 readings
Additional Video Link10m

9

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Big Ideas & Big Controversies

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Reading
3 videos (Total 63 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Big Ideas & Controversies Part II24m
Big Ideas & Controversies Part III15m
Reading1 readings
Reading Resource10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 330m

10

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Darwin's Dangerous Idea

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Reading
3 videos (Total 76 min), 1 reading
Video3 videos
Darwin's Dangerous Idea Part II26m
Darwin's Dangerous Idea Part III27m
Reading1 readings
Reading Resource10m

11

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

The Mind-Body Problem

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Reading
3 videos (Total 73 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
The Mind-Body Problem Part II20m
The Mind-Body Problem Part III35m
Reading1 readings
Reading Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 430m
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Top Reviews

By MSSep 22nd 2017

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.

By AMAug 22nd 2015

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.

Instructors

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Prof. Daniel M. Ogilvie

Professor of Psychology
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Prof. Leonard W. Hamilton

Professor of Psychology

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