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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 Niraj A

May 11, 2020

An excellent course with exciting insights and food for thought!

By Champika K

Jun 12, 2019

I am finally finding a way to understand what the Buddha taught.

By Kristen H

Apr 25, 2016

Really enjoyed this course! It inspired me to think in new ways.

By imtiaz c

Feb 8, 2016

This was probably the most enlightening class I have ever taken.

By Christoph S

Apr 30, 2020

Great course, excellent (fun!) tutor and assignment objectives.

By Rafael G M K

Apr 29, 2020

Excellent course. Lots of insights and rich scientific content.

By Ramil U

Sep 12, 2018

It's an amazing course on Buddhism and Evolutionary Psychology!

By Jovanoska N

Nov 10, 2017

Amazing course and superb professor! Can't recommend it enough!

By Samuel J R

May 17, 2017

was fun and excellent to learn more about the faith I follow :D

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