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Sam Harris at TED 2010


I’ll post the video and my thoughts on it as soon as TED uploads his talk. For now, here’s a taste of it from Wired.


We should not feel constrained to assert what we think is an objective truth — that such behavior is wrong — for fear that it will be taken as subjective meddling or demagoguery, Harris argued. There is a moral imperative not to hold one’s tongue but rather to speak out.
“Who are we not to say [that it’s wrong]?” he asked. “Who are we to pretend that we know so little about human well being that we have to be nonjudgmental about a practice like this?”

I’m really excited he’s talking about one of my favorite topics: morality
I remember reading somewhere a while back that he is writing a book on the topic. Unfortunately, I can’t find anything confirming that now. Does anyone know one way or the other?
[Update 03/22]: Full Video Link
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  1. February 19, 2010 at 8:44 am

    i believe he talks about his new book briefly in this podcast… http://media.scpr.org/audio/upload/2010/02/12/sam_harris.mp3mlon

  2. February 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    The Moral Landscape: How Science Will Determine Human Values (Fall 2010) By: Sam Harris.In his forthcoming book, Harris proposes that answers to questions of human value can be visualized on a “moral landscape”—a space of real and potential outcomes whose peaks and valleys correspond to states of greater or lesser well being in conscious creatures like ourselves. Different ways of thinking and behaving—different cultural practices, ethical codes, modes of government, etc.—translate into movements across this landscape. Such changes can be analyzed objectively on many levels—ranging from biochemistry to economics—but they have their crucial realization as states and capacities of the human brain.

  3. February 26, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Thanks mlon. The book is to be published October 5th. This TED talk should give us a good idea of where he is at with the book – he says he's not done writing it. Morality is such an important subject to pry away from what many see as a religious monopoly. Can't wait!

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