What Is a Human? Scientific and Mythological Approaches to Meaning
Humans have created two ways of looking at the world; namely, the objective scientific view and the subjective mythological perspective. The scientific approach explores the external world—creating truths based on consensus experience. Science has informed and updated our understanding of the cosmos, physics, history, and biology. In the process, previous powerful mythological ideas have also been challenged. Reconciling our mythology and current scientific consensus is a worthwhile pursuit to establish a balanced, congruent personal philosophy of life.
In this sophomore seminar, we will first explore scientific perspectives on the origin and evolution of humans via archeology, genetics, and evolutionary psychology. With this framework secured, we will sample major religious texts such as Genesis, the New Testament, and Eastern texts. Throughout the course, each student will have opportunities to reflect deeply on his or her own personal worldview (past, present, and future) to create a personalized philosophy for life. This course will provide you with an overview of a fascinating subject that can impact progress on your life journey and career.