Sam Harris: The Moral Landscape

The following is the video from the October 7th CFI New York lecture by Sam Harris in promotion of his latest book release – The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values.

Tonight, he does the same at Harvard. An initial review suggests that he presents a compelling argument for the ability of science to inform morality through rational inquire and data analysis. Dawkins reviewed the book, saying:

I was one of those who had unthinkingly bought into the hectoring myth that science can say nothing about morals. The Moral Landscape has changed all that for me. Moral philosophers, too, will find their world exhilaratingly turned upside down, as they discover a need to learn some neuroscience. As for religion, and the preposterous idea that we need God to be good, nobody wields a sharper bayonet than Sam Harris.

Sounds like a book that will challenge some of the contemporary positions on the subject – I like those.

~ by metousiosis on October 15, 2010.

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