In this course, the students will be able to:
Science is a human activity, which has a certain philosophy behind it. In order to gain an in-depth understanding of science, one must know the contentions of some important philosophers of science like Francis Bacon, Karl Popper, Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend, and Imre Lakatos. In the backdrop of this understanding, this course will discuss if Hinduism and Yoga are science, or if they far exceed the construction of science as currently understood by philosophers and laymen alike.
The class will meet every week on Saturdays from 11 AM to 2 PM PST/ 2 PM to 5 PM EST from [dates]. Every week there will be assigned readings which the students are required to study and come prepared to the class to hold discussions with the instructor and with one another in a self-reflective and engaging manner. The readings will not take more than six hours of study and reflection, though the student is free to devote more than six hours if he or she feels inspired to engage in additional research and reflection.
Students will be required to write a mid-semester paper and a final-term paper. The mid-semester paper should be 4-5 pages long, describing key learnings in the course. In the final week of the class, the student is required to submit a final 15–20-page research paper (minus bibliography) on a topic which agrees with the theme of the course. Both the papers should be double spaced and written in Times New Roman.