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Beginner Level

Approx. 16 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

19 minutes to complete

Philosophy, Science and Religion: Introduction and Overview

19 minutes to complete
1 video (Total 4 min), 1 reading
1 reading
Accompanying Textbook: Philosophy, Science and Religion for Everyone10m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Neuroscience and Free Will

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 52 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
7 videos
Study 110m
Study 2 and 34m
Problem 18m
Problem 28m
Problem 38m
Conclusion1m
5 readings
[YouTube video] The Libet Experiment: Is Free Will Just an Illusion?10m
Free Will and Science10m
Al Mele - Free Will and Neuroscience10m
Free Will - The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy10m
Podcasts10m
5 practice exercises
1: Libet’s experiment5m
2: Observing changes in the brain5m
3: Is there a problem with the three studies presented?5m
4: The point of no return
5: Libet studies5m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Are Science and Religion in Conflict?

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 50 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
7 videos
Non-Conflicting in Principle8m
Potentially Conflicting6m
Can Science Support Religious Beliefs?5m
A Theoretical Challenge6m
A Challenge from Evolutionary Psychology10m
Summary45s
2 readings
Further Reading on Religion & Science
[Video Lecture] Tom McLeish on the Theology of Science30m
3 practice exercises
1: Definition of science6m
2: The relationship between science and religion6m
3: Evolutionary psychology6m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Do Scientific Claims Constitute Absolute Truths?

4 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 71 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
5 videos
The Sociology of Science19m
Kuhn and the Structure of Scientific Revolutions10m
Relativism and Science17m
The Future of Relativism in the Study of Science16m
3 readings
[Video Lecture] Stathis Psillos on Scientific Realism45m
Further Reading on Relativism
Podcasts, Interviews, and Videos
3 practice exercises
1: Relativists about morality6m
2: Karl Popper and scientific rationality6m
3: Paul Feyerabend and scientific experiment and theoretician6m

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