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Happiness: Exploring Its Spiritual and Rational Foundations

by Chapman University

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Course Description

In this course, Professor Gail Stearns and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, Professor Jay Kumar, explore "happiness" as an underlying orientation to life, as defined and cultivated in the scriptures, practices and contemplative traditions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism and as understood through neuroscience and contemporary survey research findings.

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Happiness: Exploring its Spiritual and Rational Foundations Lecture 1

Just finished lecture 1 which is ok with one glaring error. When discussing mirror neurons in the first lecture, Dr Kumar references the Golden Rule to make a point about empathy. The Golden Rule, as he states it is “Do unto other as THEY DO unto you” and he then points out that the principle behind the Golden Rule is paraphrased in many cultures and religions. Unfortunately he is mistaken about is generally accepted as the Golden Rule. His quote is NOT the Golden Rule, which is often stated as “Do unto others as YOU WOULD HAVE THEM do unto you.” The Golden Rule is a proactive approach to actively treat others the way we ourselves would like to be treated. What Dr Kumar quoted is the ETHIC OF RECIPROCITY which he uses in support of mirror neurons influencing behavior You would think the other presenter,, a Professor of Religious Studies would have noticed.

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