Consider these popular products

The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

This Item is no longer available
We're unable to show you buying options for this item.

About this item

Important Made in USA Origin Disclaimer: For certain items sold by Walmart on Walmart.com, the displayed country of origin information may not be accurate or consistent with manufacturer information. For updated, accurate country of origin data, it is recommended that you rely on product packaging or manufacturer information.

About this item

Important Made in USA Origin Disclaimer: For certain items sold by Walmart on Walmart.com, the displayed country of origin information may not be accurate or consistent with manufacturer information. For updated, accurate country of origin data, it is recommended that you rely on product packaging or manufacturer information.


Sam Harris's first book, "The End of Faith, "ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people--from religious fundamentalists to nonbelieving scientists--agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, our failure to address questions of meaning and morality through science has now become the most common justification for religious faith. It is also the primary reason why so many secularists and religious moderates feel obligated to "respect" the hardened superstitions of their more devout neighbors.
In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape." Because there are definite facts to be known about where we fall on this landscape, Harris foresees a time when science will no longer limit itself to merely describing what people do in the name of "morality"; in principle, science should be able to tell us what we "ought "to do to live the best lives possible.
Bringing a fresh perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong and good and evil, Harris demonstrates that we already know enough about the human brain and its relationship to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life. Because such answers exist, moral relativism is simply false--and comes at increasing cost to humanity. And the intrusions of religion into the sphere of human values can be finally repelled: for just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality.
Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our "culture wars," Harris delivers a game-changing book about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation.

Specifications

Number of Pages: 291
Original Languages: English
Author: Harris, Sam
Publication Date: October, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN-13: 9781439171219
ISBN-10: 1439171211
Show

Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews | 1 review | 5 out of 5

5.0 stars

1 review | 5 out of 5

5.0 stars

1 review | 5 out of 5

100%
Would recommend to a friend
5 stars
1
4 stars
0
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 stars
0
1-1 of 1 total review
100%
Would recommend to a friend

Age

Gender

Science can answer the most.
11/14/2010

Customer review by Cyberdraco

5.0 stars 11/14/2010 by Cyberdraco
by Cyberdraco

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!!!

Was this review helpful? (3) (1)
Thank you! You have successfully submitted feedback for this review.
Was this review helpful?
Cyberdraco
Va Beach,Va
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:Every day

Customer Reviews | 1 review | 5 out of 5

Customer Reviews

Was this review helpful?

Customer Q&A

Back
Questions & Answers 0 questions

Ask a question

If you would like to share feedback with us about pricing, delivery or other customer service issues, please contact customer service directly.


Q&A tips and guidelines

Q&A Exchange Guidelines

When writing your question or answer, please follow these guidelines:

  • Do: Make sure your question is directly related to the product
  • Do: Be specific and provide as many details as possible
  • Do: Include the model number (if applicable)
  • Do: Write your question in English
  • Do Not: Include personal information (such as your full name)
  • All submitted questions and answers are subject to the terms set forth in our Terms and Conditions

We reserve the right not to post your question or answer if it contains any of the following:

  • Any information not related to the actual merchandise or topic
  • Obscenities, discriminatory language or other language not suitable for a public forum
  • Advertisements or “spam” content
  • Email addresses, physical addresses or other forms of contact information
  • Critical or spiteful comments on other questions or answers posted on the page or their authors
  • Any imagery that demonstrates incorrect use of the merchandise
  • Anything that Walmart deems to be inappropriate, at Walmart's discretion

Provide as many details as possible, including the model number (if applicable).

Remember: Don’t include personal information (such as your full name).


Preview Question

Thank you.

Questions will be checked against our question guidelines and posted within five to seven business days.

Policies & Plans

See any care plans, options and policies that may be associated with this product.

Gifting plans

Gift options are not available for this item.

Pricing policy

About our prices
We’re committed to providing low prices every day, on everything. So if you find a current lower price from an online retailer on an identical, in-stock product, tell us and we’ll match it. See more details at Online Price Match.