Tagged: morality

The Moral Landscape – An excellent read! - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Nov 13, 2010

About a month ago I bought a copy of ‘The Moral Landscape: How Science can Determine Human Values’ by Sam Harris, a book which has stimulated discussion and debate across the blogosphere. It is an interesting and thought provoking book which has met with resistance from a number of quarters. The basic contention of the book is that science can … Read More

Arrested moral development. - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 04, 2010

I came across this intriguing statement about religious ethics in the book I am currently reading: “religious ethics is similar to the attitude of the child between 5 and 9 years old. It is far too concerned with rules that … Continue reading → … Read More

A scientific consensus on human morality - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 21, 2010

There has been some local discussion of the scientific approach to morality. Unfortunately some of this has concentrated on only one source (a TED talk by Sam Harris – see Can science answer moral questions?). I believe Sam makes some … Continue reading → … Read More

Fallout from Hauser affair spreads - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 01, 2010

For background to the scientific misconduct charges circulating around Marc D Hauser have a look at A paper by Marc Hauser retracted – Harvard Magazine, A sympathetic take on Marc Hauser and the “scientific misconduct” issue, Hauser misconduct investigation – … Continue reading → … Read More

A sympathetic take on Marc Hauser and the ’scientific misconduct’ issue - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 13, 2010

Greg Laden has provided a sympathetic take on the news of the scientific misconduct investigation of Marc Hauser (see What I know about Marc Hauser, the recently ‘investigated’ Harvard primatologist). He doesn’t have any more specific information on the alleged … Continue reading → … Read More

The new science of morality - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 26, 2010

This last week saw the latest Edge Seminar – The New Science of Morality – held in the US. (see Edge: THE NEW SCIENCE OF MORALITY). This looks fascinating.  Nine leading researchers in the field gave presentations. Short abstracts are … Continue reading → … Read More

Can science answer moral questions? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 25, 2010

Here’s a great TED talk by Sam Harris. He is well known for his best selling books The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason and its follow-up Letter to a Christian Nation. But he has recently been researching the neuroscience of morality and ethics. Sam has a a degree in [...] … Read More