The Moral Landscape

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Who should read it: Ethically-inclined individuals who wish to understand human welfare from a scientific standpoint

 

What I took from it: The Moral Landscape argues that the Humeian divide of not being able to get an ought from an is, is false. It suggests that our experiences are manifestations of the state of our brain, and that science can help us establish what are better and worse ways to achieve desirable conscious experiences. Harris uses this observation to bring an objective element to debate, and he wields the empirical method skillfully as he cuts through many ideas that are propagated by religious apologists and cultural relativists. Warning: does contain some very graphic passages about paedophilia in the Catholic Church and the repugnant crimes of psychopaths.

 

Notable quote: Faith, if it is ever right about anything, is right by accident.

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