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Buddhism and Modern Psychology

Coursera · Princeton University · 1 HN points · 7 HN citations

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 ...

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Apr 03, 2018 blocked_again on Ask HN: What are the best MOOCs you've taken?
Buddhism and Modern Psychology by Princeton. This course was just mind-blowing for me. It talks a lot about how our evolutionary survival mechanisms prevent us from seeing the world clearly. If anyone has taken similar courses would love to hear.

Mar 02, 2018 blocked_again submitted Buddhism and Modern Psychology (1 points, 0 comments)
May 13, 2017 aaimnr on Self-Compassion Works Better Than Self-Esteem
Please look up Judson Brewer and Gary Weber (sorry for brevity, I'm on the go).

EDIT: actually this is an excellent resource for the HN crowd, 100% BS free. It explains DMN and much more:

Dec 06, 2016 jiehong on Portions of the brain fall asleep and wake back up all the time
This reminds me of the Mental Modules popping in and out of existence from the Coursera course "Buddhism and Modern Psychology", in week 4: .
Nov 04, 2016 dschiptsov on Regular meditation may be more beneficial than vacation
And meditation is? Sitting in a public place in yoga pants holding fingers in a mudra? Vacation defined as? Does vacation include visiting Buddhist countries and Indian meditation retreats? How long a vacation should be?

Hint: meditation requires a profound changes in ones assumptions about his own nature and conditioning. That's why the teaching of the Buddha has been a philosophy, not a book of asanas. Meditation is the tool to realize accuracy and correctness of Buddha's insights. To test and validate his hypothesis by yourself.

there is a good place to start:

Aug 16, 2016 gagagababa on Optimism
I found Princeton's Buddhism and Modern Psychology particularly interesting [1]. You can read the course's overview to decide if it would be of any interest to you.


Nov 30, 2015 tianyicui on Ask HN: What's your favorite online course?
Buddhism and Modern Psychology by Robert Wright (author of The Moral Animal). It uses evolutionary psychology, modularity of mind, and other modern cognitive science theories to explain why some modern version of the buddhist teachings (like meditations) work. It includes interesting interviews and solid book/article recommendations. It's very eye-opening to me and gave me a whole new perspective about happiness and meaning in life.

Nov 01, 2015 radiowave on Marvin Minsky Reflects on a Life in AI [video]
I'm not familiar with Minsky's book, but the core idea seems to have a lot in common with the modular theory of mind [1], which was explored in a MOOC that I found fascinating, and which is now available in a self-paced form [2].

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