About Alberto

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English, Italian, Spanish

TED Conferences

TEDGlobal 2012, TEDActive 2012

Areas of Expertise

Photography, Intercultural Education, Graphic Design, Rugby

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Alberto Pagani
Posted about 5 years ago
Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions
Hello Zdenek, I agree with you that we must be clear about what we think morality is and that it has to be a human-centered definition. It would be quite hard to speak for the universe, and we have enough people already that believe to speak for god. To be very reductive I would define my personal morality as a list of things that I consider good and/or worth pursuing. Morality of the human race in general would then be the list of things that all humans agree to be worth pursuing, regardless of cultural/ethnic/ diversities. Hence a principle like "we should maximize the well being of other human beings" would be part of my morals, not my definition of morality itself.
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Alberto Pagani
Posted about 5 years ago
Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions
Hello, I think you are right in saying that science is a method of doing things rather than a thing itself, and that the ultimate responsibility of answering moral question lies upon us. To add to this discussion, I would like to share this "thought experiment" and I'd be really interested in your opinions. Let's assume this as a moral question we need to answer: is pursuing the well being of the human race a good idea? A science that could help us answer this question (there probably is more than one, this is just an example) is maths/statistics. If we assume our own personal well being as something worth pursuing, we could rephrase the previous question in this way: do the chances of something nice happening to me increase if I am nice to other human beings? Given the right tools, like an understanding of how and how often human beings reciprocate things that are done to them, in theory we could figure out an answer. Our responsibility is to then act upon that answer.