January 20, 2004

Pollack, Robert
[RELI V2660] Science & Religion East & West

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

This course is co-taught by Pollack and Joe Loizzo. I agree with the below review, Pollack's lectures were good and clear, however, he wasn't really interested in student input (although on the first day, he made it sound like he was excited about the diversity of student backgrounds and potential discussion - don't be misled!). He and Loizzo just wanted to argue with each other in front of an audience.

The course is mainly philosophical and religious texts. I was hoping it would explore the political and social clashes of science and religion throughout history, but there is pretty much NONE of this. If you want to study this sort of stuff, don't take this course. If you like philosophical and religious debate about huge questions such as "What is the nature of consciousness?" and "Is there life after death?" you will probably love it.

Workload:

One short paper and one long paper on whatever you like. Lots of reading, only some of which is truly essential.