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Science can answer moral questions - Sam Harris

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Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.

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Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, and Free Will.Sam Harris' first novel, The End of Faith, provides a harrowing glimpse of mankind’s willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when these beliefs inspire the worst of human atrocities.Osama bin Laden was the founder of al Qaeda, the jihadist organization that claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the United States, along with numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets.What do you know about Muslim women? Explore the question of why they cover their heads and much more.Project Reason is a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. The foundation draws on the talents of prominent and creative thinkers in a wide range of disciplines to encourage critical thinking and erode the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our world.What constitutes a good life? Read about how morality and happiness are explored in the works of Plato and Aristotle.Damon Horowitz, a philosophy professor and serial entrepreneur, tells the story of an encounter with right and wrong that quickly gets personal in his powerful TED Talk about philosophy in prison. In his TED Talk, Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.
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