Yesterday’s NPR Science Friday, moderated by Ira Flatow, has a really interesting 48-minute discussion, “Can science shape human values? And should it?” The lineup has the heavy hitters Sam Harris, author of The Moral Landscape, physicist Lawrence Krauss, philosopher Simon Blackburn, and psychology macher Steven Pinker. They’re all eloquent: and if you’re not one who already knows a lot about the debate, this is radio programming of the highest order. There are also call-in questions.
A lot of issues with Harris’s book come up: how do we measure human “well being”? Is that really the best criterion for morality? And what about those many, many cases for which we’re simply unable to determine which action promotes the greatest well being?
At 35:30, the discussants take up the question, “How can science and religion inform each other?”