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Sam Harris says we don’t need God to know right from wrong




Author and neuroscientist Sam Harris.
Author and neuroscientist Sam Harris.
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Humans have traditionally looked to religion to provide a moral compass. Scientists themselves frequently concede the high ground when it comes to morality, retreating to allow religion to handle issues of conscience. In his new book, The Moral Landscape, author and neuroscientist Sam Harris has launched the latest volley in the science vs. religion battle by empirically examining human well-being and positing that science is perfectly capable of addressing issues of morality. When it comes to questions of conscience, what's better - science or religion? Can people discern right from wrong without God?

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Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values