A Scientific Basis for Morality

This is one of the more thought provoking videos I've seen. Sam Harris argues at a TED conference for the ability, not only of science to help formulate our morality but also form a more restrictive view of what should pass as "acceptable" morals. Maybe a better way to say it is that not everything that people or cultures have to offer should automatically be accepted as a viable possibility in terms of creating a flourishing society of well adjusted people.

I would dearly like to hear what others think of Sam's presentation. I believe it would make an excellent foundation for further discussions. I'm looking forward to the comments.



October 22, 2010 at 3:53 PM Elaine Nelson said...

I just finished reading Harris' "The Moral Landscape" and it made ultimate sense. The almost unanimous belief that without religion there would be no morals is so firmly ingrained in Christians that it cannot be conceived that there are better ways: respecting other humans.
Kant's Categorial Imperative plus the Golden Rule would make a better world if they were followed.

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