About this Course
Throughout history, the vast majority of people around the globe have believed they have, however defined, a “soul.” While the question of whether the soul exists cannot be answered by science, what we can study are the causes and consequences of various beliefs about the soul and its prospects of surviving the death of the body. Why are soul and afterlife beliefs so common in human history? Are there adaptive advantages to assuming souls exist? Are there brain structures that have been shaped by environmental pressures that provide the foundation of body/mind dualism that is such a prominent feature of many religions? How do these beliefs shape the worldviews of different cultures and our collective lives? What is the role of competing afterlife beliefs in religion, science, politics, and war? This course explores several facets of this relatively unexplored but profoundly important aspect of human thought and behavior. The course consists mainly of 70 to 80 minute lectures, typically broken up into 3 segments, recorded from a course offered by Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences. These videos include slides and some embedded video clips. Most lectures are accompanied by slides used during the lecture, also including recommended reading assignment which may provide additional opportunities to reflect on your studies. Due to the lengthiness of this class and natural progression, the online course has been separated into 3 units, this is Unit 3.
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Approx. 15 hours to complete

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Globe

100% online course

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Clock

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-5 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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1 hour to complete

Introduction to Unit 3

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Reading
1 video (Total 20 min), 2 readings
Video1 videos
Reading2 readings
Welcome to the Course10m
Learner Support10m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Evolutionary Psychology

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Reading
3 videos (Total 76 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Evolutionary Psychology Part B23m
Evolutionary Psychology Part C27m
Reading1 readings
Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 130m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

The Evolution of the Human Brain

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Reading
3 videos (Total 70 min)
Video3 videos
The Evolution of the Human Brain Part B22m
The Evolution of the Human Brain Part C25m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

The Human Spark

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Reading
4 videos (Total 95 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
The Human Spark Part B22m
The Human Spark Part C12m
NPR audio interview - Richard Leakey Reflects On Human Past And Future35m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 230m

5

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

The Scopes Trial: Human Origins and the Public Classroom

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Reading
3 videos (Total 73 min), 1 reading
Video3 videos
The Scopes Trial Part B21m
The Scopes Trial Part C31m
Reading1 readings
State vs John Scopes ("The Monkey Trial")10m

6

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

The Dover Board of Education: Intelligent Design and the Public Classroom

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Reading
1 video (Total 113 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Reading2 readings
Kitzmiller vs Dover Area School District: Teaching Intelligent Design in Public Schools10m
Defeating Creationism in the Courtroom, But Not in the Classroom10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 330m

7

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Where Do We Go From Here?

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Reading
2 videos (Total 63 min), 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Where Do We Go From Here Part B34m
Clock
20 minutes to complete

General Course Pages

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Reading
2 readings
Reading2 readings
Syllabus10m
Grading and Logistics10m
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Top Reviews

By JCApr 6th 2018

Very interesting and engaging course. Loved the work that Professors Ogilvy and Hamilton did to put the 3 units together.

By PKSep 8th 2017

Amazing, thought provoking, engaging, and educational course

Instructors

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Prof. Daniel M. Ogilvie

Professor of Psychology
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Prof. Leonard W. Hamilton

Professor of Psychology

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