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Science Can Answer Moral Questions


Dr. Sam Harris




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'm gonna speak today about the relationship between science and human values. Now it's, it's generally understood that that questions of moral. Questions of good and evil and right and wrong are questions about which science officially has no opinion. It's, it's, it's thought that science can, can help us get what we value, but it can never tell us what we ought to value.

And, and consequently, most people, I think most people probably hear, think that science will never answer the most important questions in human life. Questions like, what is worth living for? What is worth dying for? What, what constitutes a good. So I'm gonna argue that this is an illusion. The separation between science and human values is an illusion and actually quite a dangerous one at this point in human history.

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