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.
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来自灵魂信仰：起因与结果 - 第 1 单元：历史背景的热门评论
a thought provoking course .. the prof. has an amusing personality which makes it easy to go through the lecture
I enjoyed the course. It gave a good historical look at the foundations of religion. I'm looking forward to Unit 2.
Great course! Awesome lectures from both professors. So glad there are courses like this out there to open our minds and broaden our perspectives.
I´m really enjoying it! and I think is very important and trascendental for our societies to start developing this kind of courses based on reflecting about the religion.