The Moral Landscape

How Science Can Determine Human Values

by Sam Harris

The Moral Landscape

Paperback, 307 pages, Simon & Schuster, List Price: $15 | purchase


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The book calls for an end to religion's role in dictating morality, demonstrating how the scientific community's understandings about the human brain may enable the establishment of secular codes of behavior.

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Can science tell us right from wrong? Author Sam Harris argues that science can, in principle, help us understand what we should do and should want in order to live the best lives possible. The foundation of our morality, he says, is in our conscious minds as sentient creatures, which are dependent upon the laws of nature. "The variables that can affect our states of being in this world fall, potentially, into the various bins of science — from genetics to neurobiology to psychology

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