Friday, May 7, 2010

Sam Harris: The Science of Morality


Sam points out the obvious here--that there are at least some moral truths. And those truths do not come from a divine text. Rather, they come about from reasoning. Further, some questionable beliefs of moral truths should not warrant respect.

Importantly, Sam hits on moral relativism. What bearing does the location and cultural surrounding play in the  moral evaluation of some event? This "respect for culture" gets taken away as an out. I immediately think of how forced female circumcision frequently gets a moral waiver.

Sam gave an elaboration of his talk and response to criticism here.

He also is releasing a new book on the subject scheduled to appear in October:

 The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

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