• 21st Century Spirituality

    The Contortionist: Science, Morality and Extreme Relativism

    A debate has raged since the publication of Sam Harris’ book, The Moral Landscape, as to whether or not moral questions can be approached using the scientific method. Even among Harris’ readers there has been a lot of skepticism, and the academic philosophy community has widely criticized his contention that science has a role to play in evaluating moral claims. The issues here are deep and broad, but I want to hone in on a few that came up in our lively and passionate YogaBrains discussion of this topic last night. The word “morality” is a tough one for intellectuals unimpressed by the claims of religion. For many years I felt that…