Can science and materialism solve moral problems?
March 29, 2010 8:32 PM Subscribe
Sam Harris's talk on morality
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at TED has sparked a debate on whether science can have anything to say about moral problems. Harris, a prominent author and outspoken atheist, makes the politically incorrect assertion that there are right and wrong answers to questions of morality (as opposed to the concept of moral relativism), and that the methods of science can be used to determine them.
Sean Carroll, Caltech physicist and contributor to Discover's Cosmic Variance blog, responds
citing Hume, saying "you can't derive ought from is."
Today, in response to Carroll and other critics, Harris posted this clarification and rebuttal: Moral confusion in the name of "science".