Happiness In The Contemporary World

  • Review this week’s readings (Preface, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Interlude 1) in the course text Has Science Displaced the Soul? and think about how different spiritual traditions and modern scientific thought view the concept of happiness.
  • Listen to the Radio Laureate Interview with Dr. Kevin Sharpe: “The Voice of the Author.”
  • Consider different aspects of happiness on which spiritual and scientific thinkers might agree or disagree.
  • Reflect on how your own exposure to the modern media has influenced your ideas about what happiness is and how it can be attained.

With these thoughts in mind:

By Day 3

Post a 2- to 3-paragraph response in which you share one point about happiness where spiritual traditions are in conflict with science and contemporary life, and one point about happiness where spiritual traditions and science can be in concert with one another. Then, describe the role of advertising in our contemporary world and discuss what part you think it might play in people’s perceptions of their own happiness. Support your assertions by making at least 2 references, in proper APA format, to your course readings.