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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

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.

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 Lisandro B

Apr 17, 2016

The course was excellent. I've become a huge Robert Wright fan.

By Yadira R G

Feb 26, 2016

The course changed my philosophy of life is really interesting.

By narendra b

May 13, 2020

Very nice course to establish diversified opinions on Buddhism

By Steven R

Dec 4, 2016

It is a well presented course. I am learning a lot. Thank you!

By Eugene O M

Jan 5, 2016

So far one of the best online courses on the topic I have met.

By Ruby C

Jun 16, 2018

Excellent teacher! Great pace for lectures. Incredible ideas!

By Sofia P R

Feb 29, 2016

I am really liking this course. It's very clear and complete.

By Amir H

Jul 10, 2020

very nice viewpoints and very rich content, enjoed very much

By Florian W

Jun 25, 2018

A really nice course with a nice lecturer. Would do again :)

By alfonso g

Mar 10, 2016

a different point of view of modern and ancient... excellent

By Eirini M

Feb 8, 2016

Great course and an introduction to evolutionary psychology!

By Alejandra R W V

Jan 28, 2016

Thank you very much for this!! I´m living every minute of it

By Francisco H B A

Jan 15, 2016

Bons cursos de espiritualidades com certificado digital! ...


Aug 21, 2020

good understanding of baisc buddhisim and modern psychology

By Royster M

Jul 16, 2020

very much benefiting and surely it will help in my life too

By Ethan B

Nov 17, 2019

Robert Write is the best instructor I've listened to so far

By Axél C

Sep 20, 2016

Wow, so enlightening! I recommended it to everyone I know.


Feb 21, 2016

Wonderful Course for anyone who wants to change their mind.

By Julian M

Sep 14, 2020

This class changed my life for the better. It's very good.

By Dr. J L S M M

Sep 1, 2020

Excellent program and excellent way of getting information

By Ivonne S Z

Jul 24, 2020

Good teacher, it shows that he wants to teach a good class

By Jyothy M

Jun 12, 2020

Amazing contents and it makes more emotional intelligence.

By Stéfano D S

May 5, 2020

Excelente curso y contenido, el profe a veces hacia dormir

By Ankur

Jan 4, 2018

Excellent introduction to Buddhism from a scientific angle