Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sam Harris on Evolutionary Ethics

“It is easy to see why the study of the evolutionary origins of ‘morality’ might lead to the conclusion that morality has nothing at all to do with Truth. If morality is simply an adaptive means of organizing human social behaviour and mitigating conflict, there would be no reason to think that our current sense of right and wrong would reflect any deeper understanding about the nature of reality. Hence, a narrow focus explaining why people think and behave as they do can lead a person to find the idea of ‘moral truth’ literally unintelligible.”

Further Reading

Review of The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris
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