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

Oct 19, 2010

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, <i>The Moral Landscape</i>, 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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