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Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 Modules; 2-3 hours of study per module on average...
Available languages

English

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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 Modules; 2-3 hours of study per module on average...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Introduction to the Course

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Reading
1 video (Total 6 min), 3 readings
Reading3 readings
About this course10m
Course assessments and exercises10m
Course Textbook10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Science, Religion and the Origins of the Universe

In this module Tim Maudlin, Professor of the Foundations of Physics at New York University (NYU) discusses stories and theories of the origins of the cosmos from the perspectives of various religions, philosophy, and Science. He then explains what our physics tells us and compares this to the origins stories....
Reading
6 videos (Total 40 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
Video6 videos
The Origins of the Cosmos: Philosophical Accounts7m
The Origins of the Cosmos: Scientific Accounts6m
The Structure of the Universe8m
The End of the Universe4m
Structure and Design7m
Reading1 reading
What provides a better explanation for the origin of the universe: science or religion?10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Quiz on lecture 15m
Quiz on lecture 25m
Quiz on lecture 310m
Quiz on lecture 410m
Quiz on lecture 55m
Week
3
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

BUDDHISM AND SCIENCE

In this module Graham Priest, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York (CUNY) outlines the background and basic ideas of Buddhism. After considering whether Buddhism is compatible with science, he goes on to explain how some aspects of Buddhist thought are relevant to contemporary logic and science....
Reading
9 videos (Total 148 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Some Basic Buddhist Ideas: The Four Noble Truths11m
Buddhist Atheism and Scientific Naturalism16m
Buddhist Anātman and the Scientific View of a Person20m
Some Aspects of Western Logic12m
The Buddhist Catuṣkoṭi16m
Emptiness (Śūnyatā)13m
Quantum Mechanics and Entanglement15m
Graham Priest Interview34m
Reading5 readings
Contradiction10m
Catuskoti10m
Nāgārjuna10m
Quantum Entanglement10m
To learn more about this topic!10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

EVOLUTION AND DESIGN

In this module Kevin Scharp, Reader in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews introduces one of the most common arguments for Intelligent Design and considers whether it is a genuine scientific competitor to, or can even be made compatible with, evolutionary theory. He then presents the Fine-Tuning Argument for the existence of God and its criticisms....
Reading
8 videos (Total 42 min), 1 reading, 8 quizzes
Video8 videos
Argument for Intelligent Design4m
Arguments Against Intelligent Design4m
Scientific Theories5m
Religious Doctrines6m
Compatibility Between Religious Doctrine and Scientific Theory4m
Bigger Issues: Compatibility Between Teleology and Scientific Theory3m
Criticisms of the Fine Tuning Argument6m
Reading1 reading
Darwin and Designm
Quiz7 practice exercises
Quiz on lecture 12m
Quiz on lecture 22m
Quiz on lecture 32m
Quiz on lecture 42m
Quiz on lecture 52m
Quiz on lecture 72m
Quiz on lecture 82m
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Top Reviews

By COJun 19th 2018

Excellent course bringing a whole lot of crystal clear and sober arguments in an often over-heated debate between religion and science #MUSTFOLLOW

Instructors

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Dr J Adam Carter

Researcher
Epistemology - Philosphy
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Dr Orestis Palermos

Research Explorer
School of Philosophy
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Dr Mark Harris

Senior Lecturer in Science and Religion
School of Divinity
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Professor Duncan Pritchard

Professor of Philosophy
University of Edinburgh

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