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About the Course

The Dalai Lama has said that Buddhism and science are deeply compatible and has encouraged Western scholars to critically examine both the meditative practice and Buddhist ideas about the human mind. A number of scientists and philosophers have taken up this challenge. There have been brain scans of meditators and philosophical examinations of Buddhist doctrines. There have even been discussions of Darwin and the Buddha: Do early Buddhist descriptions of the mind, and of the human condition, make particular sense in light of evolutionary psychology? This course will examine how Buddhism is faring under this scrutiny. Are neuroscientists starting to understand how meditation “works”? Would such an understanding validate meditation—or might physical explanations of meditation undermine the spiritual significance attributed to it? And how are some of the basic Buddhist claims about the human mind holding up? We’ll pay special attention to some highly counterintuitive doctrines: that the self doesn’t exist, and that much of perceived reality is in some sense illusory. Do these claims, radical as they sound, make a certain kind of sense in light of modern psychology? And what are the implications of all this for how we should live our lives? Can meditation make us not just happier, but better people? All the features of this course are available for free. It does not offer a certificate upon completion....

Top reviews

CV
Mar 2, 2016

Engaging content and excellent pace. While the level is introductory (I'd have liked a bit more depth), I would expect this from a lower-division/breadth course—and even more so from a MOOC like this.

LW
Oct 25, 2020

I thought this was a great introduction to both modern Buddhist thought and evolutionary psychology. Professor Wright is an excellent lecturer, and his office hours are informative as well as amusing.

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By Deontez

Aug 23, 2017

great class and taught me what to think when taking into account buddhist ways.

By Olafur T Y

Jul 23, 2017

Short and easily digestible material, excellently communicated by prof. Wright.

By Janine S

Jan 8, 2017

I love this course! Every lecture I feel like I have learned a new bit of info.

By Wayne B

Jun 11, 2016

The course is fascinating. I love the subject matter and it is well presented.

By Anneth M R

Nov 30, 2015

The explanations are deep and also have a solid background, i've learned a lot.

By Iain U

Oct 15, 2015

Really enjoyed the course, especially the Frasier and Milo show! (office hours)

By Fran E

Jan 3, 2021

I learned a lot about Buddhism and Modern Science that I will put to good use.

By Dominique B S ( - U S

Nov 2, 2020

Not sure what the Buddha would say, but Borat would surely write: Very Niiiice

By Ruth B

Sep 14, 2020

Lovely course and quite motivating to keep studying and understanding yourself

By L E M

Jun 24, 2020

Fun and challenging. Professor Wright is an interesting, and engaging teacher.

By Nobuko S

Jun 9, 2020

Great course on how Buddhism ideas can be perceived as a scientific discourse.

By Aslhy D T U

Apr 16, 2020

I really like the course, the lectures and additional material were very good.

By Luciano A

May 23, 2019

Amei o curso, no entanto estou utilizando os mesmos para aprimorar meu inglês.

By Iqbal N

Dec 8, 2018

It will change you how you look at yourself and the world. Highly recommended.

By Jean D

Aug 13, 2016

Magnifique porte d'entrée vers le bouddhisme et la psychologie évolutionniste.

By Yingying Z

Feb 29, 2016

very interesting topic and I am fond of the way how Professoer Wright teaches.

By Norma S

Sep 7, 2018

Loved the format, informal approach with each lecture. Fantastic instructor.

By srinivasa r t

Jun 8, 2017

Excellent course for a look into sprituality and philosophy in scientific way

By Margaret F

Mar 19, 2016

I enjoyed every minute of this course, including Practicing Buddhist doggies.

By Horia S

Aug 13, 2020

professor wright is wonderful in explaining complex topics in an easy manner

By Quint B

May 25, 2020

Marvellous. Really liked Robert Wright. Really liked the ideas we dicovered.

By Aniruddha A

Apr 25, 2020

Good, detailed course to understand and merge modern psychology and Buddhism

By Ксения К

Oct 3, 2019

This course changed all my life and how I was looking at the world around me

By Kannan K

Jun 22, 2016

A very important subject that every person should learn sometime in his life

By Liza B

Jan 5, 2016

Really interesting explanation of Buddhism through psychology and evolution.