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The Moral Landscape. How Science Can Determine Human Values - Sam Harris
The Moral Landscape. How Science Can Determine Human Values
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I was one of those who had unthinkingly bought into the hectoring myth that science can say nothing about morals. To my surprise, The Moral Landscape has changed all that for me ... As for religion, and the preposterous idea that we need God to be good, nobody wields a sharper bayonet than Sam... show more
I was one of those who had unthinkingly bought into the hectoring myth that science can say nothing about morals. To my surprise, The Moral Landscape has changed all that for me ... As for religion, and the preposterous idea that we need God to be good, nobody wields a sharper bayonet than Sam Harris.
Richard Dawkins


Sam Harris has discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, science’s failure to address questions of meaning and morality has become the primary justification for religious faith.The underlying claim is that while science is the best authority on the workings of the physical universe, religion is the best authority on meaning, values, morality, and leading a good life. Sam Harris shows us that this is not only untrue; it cannot possibly be true.

Bringing a fresh, secular perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong, and good and evil, Harris shows that we know enough about the human brain and how it reacts to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life. Because such answers exist, moral relativism is simply false – and comes at increasing cost to humanity.

Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of the cultural war between science and religion, in The Moral Landscape Harris delivers an explosive argument about the future of science, and about the real basis of human relationships.

A tremendously appealing vision, and one that no thinking person can afford to ignore.
Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology

This is an inspiring book
John Lloyd The Financial Times

Sam Harris breathes intellectual fire into an ancient debate. Reading this thrilling, audacious book, you feel the ground shifting beneath your feet. Reason has never had a more passionate advocate.
Ian McEwan

Readers are bound to come away with previously firm convictions about the world challenged, and a vital new awareness about the nature and value of science and reason in our lives.
Lawrence M. Krauss,Professor at Arizona State University  

źródło opisu: Transworld Publishers, Bantam Press, 2011
źródło okładki: http://www.booksattransworld.co.uk/catalog/book.ht...»
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Format: papier
ISBN: 9780593064863
Publisher: Bantam Press
Edition language: English
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Marvin's Bookish Blog
Marvin's Bookish Blog rated it
3.0
I find Sam Harris to be the most interesting and least abrasive of the so-called new atheists, a group that is comprised of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and others. But in his earlier The End of Faith he was taken to task by atheists and believers alike for suggesting that what we call Spi...
Betsy's Non-Blog
Betsy's Non-Blog rated it
3.0 The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
Somewhat disappointing. Seemed rather disjointed to me. Too much diatribe against religion and not enough real description of how science could provide evidence for moral values. Digression on freewill also lost me, but it wasn't too long. This book is more just a call to possible action than a f...
A Few Thoughts
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5.0 The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
I feel as though I have a lot to say about this book, but I'm not totally sure what it is. Outstanding work, Dr. Harris.
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3.0 The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
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The reviews I'm reading don't make it sound very compelling.
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