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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?...
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Habilidades que obtendrás

PhilosophyPsychologyMindfulnessMeditation
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Programa - Qué aprenderás en este curso

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The Buddhist Diagnosis

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Reading
5 videos (Total: 87 min), 5 readings
Video5 videos
Feelings and Illusions12m
The First Two Noble Truths15m
Evolutionary Psychology and the First Two Noble Truths21m
Office Hours 126m
Reading5 lecturas
The Basics10m
Course Overview10m
About the Instructor10m
Contact us10m
Resources for Week 110m
Week
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2 horas para completar

The Buddhist Prescription

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Reading
5 videos (Total: 84 min), 1 reading
Video5 videos
Meditation15m
Mindfulness Meditation and the Brain16m
Can Our Feelings Be Trusted?15m
Office Hours 222m
Reading1 lectura
Resources for Week 210m
Week
3
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4 horas para completar

Does Your Self Exist?

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Reading
4 videos (Total: 91 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
What Did The Buddha Mean?20m
Modern Psychology and the Self22m
Office Hours 330m
Reading2 lecturas
Resources for Week 310m
Guidelines for Grading Assignments10m
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2 horas para completar

A New Model of the Mind

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Reading
4 videos (Total: 94 min), 1 reading
Video4 videos
What Mental Modules Aren’t8m
What Mental Modules Are30m
Office Hours 433m
Reading1 lectura
Resources for Week 410m

Instructor

Robert Wright

Visiting Lecturer
Religion Department and the Center for Human Values

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Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. It is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, and one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution....

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  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • No. As per Princeton University policy, no certificates, credentials, or reports are awarded in connection with this course.

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