About this Course
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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 2....
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Subtitles: English, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Introduction to Unit 2

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Reading
1 video (Total 19 min), 2 readings
Video1 video
Reading2 readings
Welcome to the Course10m
Learner Support10m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Thinking and Feeling

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Reading
3 videos (Total 68 min), 1 reading
Video3 videos
Thinking and Feeling Part B22m
Thinking and Feeling Part C15m
Reading1 reading
Unpleasantness in Vermont10m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Terror Management

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Reading
3 videos (Total 71 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Terror Management Part B25m
Terror Management Part C21m
Reading1 reading
Tales from the Crypt: On the Role of Death in Life10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz - Lessons 2 & 330m

4

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Internalized Beliefs I

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Reading
3 videos (Total 64 min), 2 readings
Video3 videos
Internalized Beliefs I Part B21m
Internalized Beliefs I Part C16m
Reading2 readings
The Anatomy of Internalized Beliefs10m
The Anatomy of Internalized Beliefs: Like a Rock (slides from presentation)10m
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By MMJun 22nd 2016

An excellent presentation. Guest lecturers outstanding. Forces a person to really question beliefs rather than accepting at face value. Excellent points raised by learned professionals.

By GCOct 23rd 2015

Amazing class that really helps you to look your core beliefs and understand why and how your are the person that you are!\n\nReally good professors and materials~ 10000 worthily!

Instructors

Prof. Daniel M. Ogilvie

Professor of Psychology
Psychology

Prof. Leonard W. Hamilton

Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology

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