On Oct. 7, 2010, the Center for Inquiry in New York City hosted Sam Harris for a public lecture about his new book, The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values . Full video of this talk is now available on the Center for Inquiry’s YouTube page. It runs about one hour and 45 minutes, including both the lecture and the question-and-answer session.
In his talk, Harris argues against the notion that good and evil, and right and wrong, are unanswerable by science. Harris posits that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life. Whether or not you agree with Harris, he makes some very interesting points that, at the least, will get you thinking about your own moral views. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.