Sam Harris at TED 2010

Sam Harris (author of “The End of Faith) at TED 2010 on science and morality

Edit: Mar 23, 2010: Russell Blackford has a good response to Sam Harris’s 2010 TED talk over at his blog, “Metamagician and the Hellfire Club”

I don’t think that Harris is going to overturn the standard Humean approach to the fact/value or reason/desire distinction any time soon. No one else has ever succeeded, and his argument here wasn’t all that original. As I understood his point – though maybe I got this wrong – it was mainly that valued psychological states, such as a particular person’s happiness, can actually exist and have physical instantiations. That is true, but it’s not surprising, and it does not bridge the divide between fact and value.

~ by scaryreasoner on March 23, 2010.

One Response to “Sam Harris at TED 2010”

  1. Amazing talk, very elegant and concise. Anderson was pretty squeamish about his problems with Islam.

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