Tag Archives: sam harris

Science Can Answer Moral Questions [Good Video]

25 Feb

If you’re not yet convinced that understanding science is a moral imperative, today’s video might just push you over the edge.  Be warned though — it’s pretty provocative.  I’d love to hear any UHP thoughts in the comments: can science answer moral questions?

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.

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Philosophy Lives!

29 Mar

TED Talks are a great way to discover new and interesting conversations.  All UHP Freshmen get exposed to philosophy and the history of thought — but sometimes we need to be reminded that these kinds of questions are still being asked today, and the answers can have profound implications for how we live our lives and run our society.

For example: Sam Harris. Neuroscientist, author, secularist, and philosopher — he says it’s time to ditch religion. Check out this excerpt to get the gist of it:

“We should be talking about real problems, like nuclear proliferation and genocide and poverty and the crisis in education … Religion has convinced us that there’s something else entirely other than concerns about suffering. There’s concerns about what God wants, there’s concerns about what’s going to happen in the afterlife … It’s completely insane.”

Controversial and thought-provoking for sure.  Watch the video and check out the full article over at CNN.  What do you think? Do you agree with him, or is he missing something?  What would old St. Augustine think?  How about Nietzsche?