Science Can Answer Moral Questions

Wow, this is kind of awesome… can you see a reason to disagree with this post?

Knowledge Guild

The following logic scheme is based on the TED lecture “Science can answer moral questions” by Dr. Sam Harris, dated March 2010.

1.1.A. Assumption:
Questions of morality cannot be answered by science.
1.1.B. Assumption:
Science can help us get what we value, but it can never tell us what we ought to value.
Facts and values seem to belong to different spheres.
1.2. Fact:
Science deals with facts – reality which is objectively verifiable.
1.3. Presumptive Conclusion:
Science therefore cannot discuss values.
1.4. Hypothesis:
This is quite clearly untrue.

2.1. Assumption:
Values are a certain kind of fact about the well-being of conscious creatures.
2.2.A. Fact:
We do not feel ethical obligations toward rocks because we do not think they can suffer.
2.2.B. Fact:
We are more concerned with about our fellow primates than we are about insects because we think they are exposed to a…

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  1. April 5th, 2014

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