The New Science of Morality (in Video)

Earlier this year, Sam Harris argued at TED that we’re on the verge of a scientific revolution. We’ll see the day when science (particularly neuroscience) can rigorously address moral questions, providing definitive/universal answers to questions of right and wrong. The pursuit of a “moral science” is nothing new. Enlightenment thinkers began this project long ago. But Harris has dusted it off, modernized it a bit, and created some controversy along the way. Just last week, he took part in a conference presented by The New Science of Morality. Over the next month, Edge will be making available 10 hours of video from the two-day conference, rolling it out in a serialized fashion. It all kicks off with a talk by Jonathan Haidt, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, known for his book The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. You can start watching here

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