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 3....
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English

Subtitles: English, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Introduction to Unit 3

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Reading
1 video (Total 20 min), 2 readings
Video1 video
Reading2 readings
Welcome to the Course10m
Learner Support10m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Evolutionary Psychology

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Reading
3 videos (Total 76 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Evolutionary Psychology Part B23m
Evolutionary Psychology Part C27m
Reading1 reading
Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 130m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

The Evolution of the Human Brain

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Reading
3 videos (Total 70 min)
Video3 videos
The Evolution of the Human Brain Part B22m
The Evolution of the Human Brain Part C25m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

The Human Spark

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Reading
4 videos (Total 95 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
The Human Spark Part B22m
The Human Spark Part C12m
NPR audio interview - Richard Leakey Reflects On Human Past And Future35m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 230m
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Top Reviews

By JCApr 6th 2018

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

By PKSep 8th 2017

Amazing, thought provoking, engaging, and educational course

Instructors

Prof. Daniel M. Ogilvie

Professor of Psychology
Psychology

Prof. Leonard W. Hamilton

Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology

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