Thursday, October 23, 2008
This is Your Brain on Morality
The link below leads to a twenty minute talk by Sam Harris on moral relativism. You'll have to exercise your brain to take it all in, and you should probably watch it at least twice.
What he's saying is revolutionary, possibly dangerous, and it has the ring of truth to it. (You'll start to understand what he's talking about when he compares morality to food.) He speaks of morality as a pathway for society, and suggests that, in some aspects, morality can be universally and scientifically quantified as either good for humanity or bad for humanity.
It is my long-held opinion that we need no Gods to identify right from wrong. And I think that's what he's saying as well. But is human-kind mature enough to let go of the geezers in the sky and take the responsibility for civilized and altruistic behavior upon themselves?
- Lois Carneiro