Tagged: Sam Harris

Can philosophers, or anyone, tell us what is “right” and “wrong”? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 23, 2013

Credit: Descartes Centre It’s no secret philosophers and scientists sometimes seem to be in conflict. I’m not talking about philosophers of religion (there are epistemological grounds for an inevitable conflict with science there). No, I mean philosophers in general. And … Continue reading → … Read More

A disciplined discussion - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 18, 2012

I have commented several times that the debate format is very unsatisfactory and have favoured a discussion format for public discussion. Richard Dawkins has tried out a number of such discussion formats, I think successfully. But I think this one … Continue reading → … Read More

Approaching morality scientifically - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 12, 2011

In his recent criticism of Jerry Coyne’s* USA Today article As atheists know, you can be good without God, local theologian Matt Flannagan repeats his rather tiresome warning that scientists should not try to understand morality – “leave that to us … Continue reading → … Read More

Pat Churchland on the science of morality - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 28, 2011

A few months ago there was a flurry of attention around Sam Harris’s book The Moral Landscape and lectures he gave around the time of its publication. A lot of it critical – but not all. I thought the value … Continue reading → … Read More

Ideology and violence - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 08, 2011

I want to comment here on some strawmannery from a local theologian/philosopher of religion (Matt at MandM) in his post Religion and Violence. But first two important points: 1: He concentrates on the common perception of a relationship between religion … Continue reading → … Read More

Confronting accomodationism - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 25, 2011

Or is it accommodating confrontationism? I guess it depends on the image you wish to portray. I have followed the accomodationism vs confrontationism (or “new atheism,” or “gnus”) debate among US atheist and science bloggers with interest. Mainly because I … Continue reading → … Read More

A non-theist feast down under! - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 15, 2011

This just in from the organisers of the 2012 Global Atheist Convention –‘A Celebration of Reason’ Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens have been announced as speakers. (And have a look at the last sentence – a breakthrough!). The Atheist Foundation of … Continue reading → … Read More

Is there a role for science in morality? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 28, 2011

In our discussion of the science of morality commenters often assert that science may be able to describe why and how we are moral but it cannot make moral decisions for us. Or tell us what is right and wrong. … Continue reading → … Read More

Philosophical justifications for morality - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 26, 2011

I will use this post to answer some of the more philosophical questions commenters have raised on my science of morality articles here and at the SciBlogs syndicated version. (Open Parachute@SciBlogs). Last time in Answering questions on morality I responded to … Continue reading → … Read More

Answering questions on morality - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 22, 2011

I want to spend a few posts answering some of the questions commenters have raised on my science of morality articles here and at the SciBlogs syndicated version (Open Parachute@ SciBlogs). See, for example, Foundations of human morality. Those articles represent … Continue reading → … Read More

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