Fall 2018

Time, Belief, and the Mind

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-355


Felicity Aulino (Section 01)


In this course, we will work at the intersections of psychological anthropology and the anthropology of religion to explore foundations of human experience. We will ask: What are the boundaries between ordinary and extraordinary experience? In what ways is our thinking along such lines conditioned, as scholars and as social actors, more generally? And are there means to break habituated ways of knowing to arrive at fresh insight into our own ways of being and that of others? These questions, among others, will be examined through richly contextualized ethnographic writings, science fiction and literary accounts, films, and some cross-disciplinary work from physicists and cognitive scientists. Topics will include new work on local theory of mind, cultures of belief, karma, notions of the self, and varying modes of spiritual experience. Together we will explore ontological possibilities and their political and practical ramifications.  

Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Five College Assistant Professor Aulino.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to juniors, seniors, and majors.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2018