Published: Feb. 29, 2016
Buddha and the Brain

Buddha and the Brain: ANTH 4020

Summer B Term Course: Monday - Friday, 12:45 - 2:20 p.m.

Explorations in Cultural Anthropology

Is consciousness nothing more than an emergent property of the brain? This course will examine the confluence of Western scientific materialism and Eastern contemplative practices in order to better understand the “mindfulness” movement in contemporary North America. These themes will be addressed from the perspective of cultural anthropology, examining how both science and Buddhism act as cultural devices that help make meaning about the world and shape subjective experience. Students will be introduced to ethnographic methods and gain skills conducting anthropological fieldwork. Topics include: embodiment, ontology, Cartesian dualism, brain and behavior, consciousness, and science & technology. Contact: