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  • Date posted : Jan 01, 1970


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In this provocative talk at Berkley Arts & Letters in California, neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values to dismantle the most common justification for religious faith...that a moral system cannot be based on science. Bringing a fresh, secular perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong, good and evil, Harris shows that we know enough about the human brain and its relationship to events in the world to say that there are definitive right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life. Harris argues that because such answers exist, "cultural relativism" is simply false and causes unnecessary human misery. Just as there is no such thing as "Christian physics" or "Muslim algebra", there can be no Christian or Muslim morality.

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