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Moral Enlightenment

Sam Harris posits that we can have experts in morality.

 

“How have we convinced ourselves that in the moral sphere, there is no such thing as moral expertise, or moral talent or moral genius even? How have we convinced ourselves that every opinion counts? How is it that we have convinced ourselves that every culture has a point of view on these subjects worth considering?”

 

The TED Video went up today.

 

“There are right and wrong answers about morality.”

 

“There may be many peaks on the moral landscape. There may be many right answers. But this does not mean that there are no truths to be known.”

 

Minute 10 (and the photo here): “Consider the great problem of women’s bodies. What to do about them? Well this is one thing you can do about them. You can cover them up.”

 

“Who are we to pretend that we know so little about human well-being that we have to be non-judgmental about a practice like this.”

 

This leads him to some pretty emotional conclusions...

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Taken on February 11, 2010