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À propos du cours

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....

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Nov 16, 2015

I have been practicing meditation for two years already.In so far I have attended all Deepak Chopra meditation experiences which I found very helpful but not as helpful this course provided me so far.


Mar 03, 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.

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par alfonso g

Mar 10, 2016

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

par Ramon p

Oct 19, 2016

Very good and quite interesting, with not a single indication of fanaticism, very well focused in science and human evolution. well done

par Lidiya V

Dec 11, 2015

it`s really amazing, thank you so so much

par LARA A F

Jan 27, 2016

Enlightening ! :)

par Yadira R G

Feb 26, 2016

The course changed my philosophy of life is really interesting.

par Eduardo

Apr 05, 2016

Excellent!! Thanks to Coursera and Profesor Robert for provide light and knowledge. I really enjoy this course!! Thanks again...

par Monika N

Jul 23, 2017

Thank you for the course, it was very interesting to follow, learn something about the Buddhist theory and the theory of evolutionary psychology. And everything nicely made clear through the almost enlightened dogs Milo and Frasier.

par Janine S

Jan 08, 2017

I love this course! Every lecture I feel like I have learned a new bit of info.

par Richard H

Aug 22, 2016

Thank you for the course. I don't like the absolute assumption that mankind evolved from a non human life form. Natural selection and how it is discussed in this course is allright to do, but not to make scholarly assumptions as to how mankind came to be. The professor can clearly describe natural selection processes without the assumption that human evolution from supposed beings in a very scant fossil record is a proven fact. That is the only part of the course that I did not like. The constant assumption that evolution is correct takes a lot away from this course. My concern is that this assumption is taken because there seems to be no particular Creator in the Buddhist relgious tradition. That does not mean that evolution should be given additional weight. I do not consider it a hard science such as mathematics, physics, even climate change science is far more concrete than supposed human evolutionary origins. Professors should focus upon clearly explaining that evolution is a theory. Buddhism and Pschology are more concerned with the present and consciousness and what IS...not upon weak theories like evolution. I was disappointed with the Professors consistent referrral to Natural Selection as though there is no human control over what we are doing, no moral standard the religion helps to set us apart from the animal evolutionary view of humanity. It simply is not fact, not hard science. However, what we can observe and see is hard science, including the effects of Meditation upon our brains and this is a very positive part of the course and for Buddhism.

par Van Y

Nov 20, 2015

very insightful course!

par shanhuiyu

Apr 21, 2016

it is helpful and useful. I can learn something new about western Buddhism. Thanks!

par Andy K

Mar 07, 2016

Fantastic Course.

par alondra z

Mar 22, 2016

great teacher!

par Juan C M C

Jan 22, 2018

Muy buen curso.

par Ricardo R I

Oct 17, 2016

Excellent course.

par Astri D

Jul 02, 2017

So great!

par Rafal J

Apr 05, 2018

Great course.

par Matthew B

Sep 21, 2016

Robert Wright does an excellent job presenting Buddhist ideas and putting them into context with modern psychology studies. I felt he offered a unique and scientific approach to the discourses and very much enjoyed his interviews and insights. The questions at the end of every lecture were very helpful to solidify new concepts. I look forward to digging deeper into supplemental materials.

par Russ V W

Jun 09, 2016

Good info with thoughtful commentary. A+ course

par Israel B Z

Feb 19, 2018

This course is great! I feel more than interested.

par Romeo S

Aug 11, 2017

Getting more and more interesting as you advance through the modules...

par Jagdeep G

Aug 18, 2016

The Course is well designed. It takes you through the Buddhist principles and co-relates how the findings of Modern Psychology are supportive of Buddha's teachings.It has normally been held that Religion and Science cannot converge.However this Course has to a large extent been able to show that it is possible to explain the matters of conciousness and beyond in terms of modern psychology

par Brandon R

Aug 20, 2016

Really an amazing course and incredibly well organized.

par Oscar V

Jan 05, 2018


par Athziri H O

Jun 20, 2016

Completely amazing! Super clear explanations and excellent contents!

Should take it.