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Rated 5 out of 5 by Science can answer the most. The title of this review is in response to those who like to claim, " Science doesn't know everything." Yes, we realize this, otherwise we would stop. There will always be hard question with seemingly unreachable answers, however, science is the best toolbox we humans have made so far. Harris makes a very organized and compelling first argument for how science can and should answer moral questions. His premise, which follows a linear pattern if you accept it, is that what we call morality is the state of human well-being or at least it should be. I am over-generalizing here, but basically you should ask yourself " Does this action increase or decrease my own and my fellow human beings wellness?" What is well-being? Well, put in order these living things- Frog,rabbit,bush,chimpanzee,virus,earthworm,octopus,dolphin,bumble bee, squirrel,corn,human,dog,bacteria... You likely organized those organisms by their own abilities of self-awareness, ie. how conscious are they of themselves and the world around them? An organisms ability to perceive happiness or suffering already influences our actions for/against and as such is the basis of our morality. Again, this is oversimplifying a large body of work woven with elegant prose and laden with hard-core facts of reality...so buy the book already!!! 11/14/2010
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