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This review is from: The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values (Hardcover)
There is no more important debate. How do we decide what is right and wrong?
Most of the answers we hear are worthless (ranging from "just do it because my holy book says so" to the moral relativists who wont even condemn female genital mutilation).
Sam Harris makes the case for a sane alternative...
Morality is an evolved human attribute. It is universal - everyone with a normal brain has it. We all know instinctively what is good (love, kindness, compassion...) and what is evil (hatred, cruelty, violence...).
Understanding this basis for morality has a priceless reward - we can expect to arrive at a consensus. There is an objective morality because we are all human. And we can discover the details by studying the human mind. Evolutionary psychology - not a religious text - is the route to enlightenment.
If our civilisation survives this century it will be because we have learnt how to judge moral issues. This book is an excellent primer. Please read it.
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Initial post: 22 Jun 2012 20:53:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jun 2012 20:54:30 BDT
Stephen D. Echard says:
"If we did not respect the law of nature, imposing our will by the right of the stronger, a day would come when the wild animals would again devour us-then the insects would eat the wild animals, and finally nothing would exist except the microbes.... By means of the struggle the elites are continually renewed. The law of selection justifies this incessant struggle by allowing the survival of the fittest. Christianity is a rebellion against natural law, a protest against nature" (Hitlers Table Talks,TrevorRoper, p. 75)
Harris is to philosophy what Bernie Madoff was to economics..AS for E.P. one mans mythical God is another mans mythical "Ruthless gene". If your an EP advocate there is only nature fang and claw
Posted on 14 Jul 2012 21:13:06 BDT
"We all know instinctively what is good (love, kindness, compassion...) and what is evil (hatred, cruelty, violence...)." Please let me know when you return to the realism of planet earth.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2012 17:55:19 BDT
J. Mero says:
Hm, Argumentum ad Hitlerium is not usually this quick, so no doubt we are dealing with a godbot.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2012 16:29:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Oct 2012 16:54:22 BDT
Stephen D. Echard says:
If you blame Hitlers insanity on Christianity which Harris does by saying Christianity built the creatoriums brick by brick. Then only logical to counter that with factual information about Hitlers own world view. I do not believe in God and godbot is a argumentium ad Hominem. The state of nueroscience is not nearly as advanced as they would suggest. Most of theri claims are grant speak. culture dicates what is moral and what is not,if Harris was not such a historical simpleton he would know that.
Posted on 19 Jan 2013 05:54:54 GMT
If you accept Harris' brand of dumbed-down utilitarianism, then yeah we can arrive at a consensus. For the non-New Atheist majority of the population however, the problem will always be less than easy. Harris's axiomatic scientism is very crowd pleasing for those who lack critical faculties: for them I would suggest a marvellous classic by a certain G.E. Moore who resolutely destroyed this line of assumption over 100 years ago with his masterpiece Principia Ethica.
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