Cap'n Refsmmat Posted March 28, 2010 Share Posted March 28, 2010 Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life. I just watched this, and it's really interesting. Sam Harris argues that it's possible to use science to determine which actions cause human suffering and which actions contribute to human well-being (and the well-being of other animals), and that science can, in fact, answer moral questions. For example, there's the question of women wearing veils or burkas. Harris says that we can ask whether mandatory veiling contributes to their well-being, whether it helps them succeed in society, and whether it helps them develop emotionally and individually in society -- and there is a definitive answer to the question. There's no "well, we'll have to respectfully disagree," but there can be definitive evidence to answer the questions and make a moral judgment. (Watch the video for his entire argument, of course, since I doubt I can do it justice.) I'm not sure what to make of his claims. What's your take? (edit: incidentally, Harris will be publishing a book about this in October.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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