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. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 23:07) Watch Sam […]Continue reading
Why you should listen
Harris is an outspoken proponent of skepticism and science, and several of his books have become bestsellers. In The End of Faith, Harris gave a harrowing glimpse of humanity’s willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when these beliefs inspire atrocities. After receiving thousands of angry letters in response, he wrote Letter to a Christian Nation, which centered on religious controversies in the US such as stem cell research and intelligent design. Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA. He is working on a book about the ethics of artificial intelligence.
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“Read Sam Harris and wake up.” — Richard Dawkins