Tagged: science of morality

Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life – Sin - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 19, 2012

Sex, Death and The Meaning of Life is a new series of TV documentaries fronted by Richard Dawkins. I welcome this – partly because Dawkins is an excellent communicator. But also because it’s about time some of the current ideas … 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

Ethicists have problems with ethics! - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 11, 2011

I picked up this article recently – The Self-Reported Moral Behavior of Ethics Professors. So I couldn’t help laughing when I came across this other one – When Scientists Make Bad Ethicists. A title like “When Scientists Make Bad Scientists” … 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

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

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