Friday, November 12, 2010

The Great Debate: Can Science Tell Us Right From Wrong?

From The Science Network:
On November 6th, 2010 a panel of renowned scientists, philosophers, and public intellectuals gathered to discuss what impact evolutionary theory and advances in neuroscience might have on traditional concepts of morality. If human morality is an evolutionary adaptation and if neuroscientists can identify specific brain circuitry governing moral judgment, can scientists determine what is, in fact, right and wrong?

The panelists were psychologist Steven Pinker, author Sam Harris, philosopher Patricia Churchland, physicist Lawrence Krauss, philosopher Simon Blackburn, bioethicist Peter Singer and The Science Network’s Roger Bingham.
Watch the full debate on TSN
(Thanks Elin)


  1. Seems very similar to this discussion, with "only" Krauss, Harris, Blackburn and Pinker:

    Note that there is an .mp3 of the discussion (ca 48min), and not just the transcript.

  2. I love these debates!

  3. Have been enjoying Sam's new book. Well-argued.

  4. If I were a theist, Pinker would be my deity of choice.