The Moral Landscape

  • von Sam Harris
  • Sprecher: Sam Harris
  • 6 Std. 47 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


Sam Harris has discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, science’s failure to address questions of meaning and morality has become the primary justification for religious faith. The underlying claim is that while science is the best authority on the workings of the physical universe, religion is the best authority on meaning, values, morality, and leading a good life. Sam Harris shows us that this is not only untrue; it cannot possibly be true.
Bringing a fresh, secular perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong, and good and evil, Harris shows that we know enough about the human brain and how it reacts 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.
Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of the cultural war between science and religion, Harris delivers an explosive argument about the future of science, and about the real basis of human relationships.


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Great, but...

Great audiobook, great performance by Sam Harris.

...but at least on my version I have some skipping sections, incorrectly edited sentences and weird noises.

Maybe only 4 or 5 in the whole book, but a little disappointing nonetheless.
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The moral landscape in the antropocene

Sam Harris is an important geographer of our times. He has defined wellbeing as the measure of altitude in the moral landscape and produces the corresponding maps. It is indeed obvious that we are not talking about a flat landscape and position definitely matters independent of perspective. We can also imagine from their visible objective data that some mountains will be higher than others in spite of being shrouded in clouds. Discussion about absolute altitude however misses out on three important elements:

- the erosion of the powerful memes that have shaped and will shape the landscape and which lifespans are often way shorter then we would like them to be.
- that there is no single road to the visible peaks and that some uphill roads will lead to abysses that other downhill roads would avoid.
- that we still need memes, creeds or religions to organize the masses who go ahead in the search of the promised land to avoid manslaughter when a lower peak hides the high peak.

I am certainly not talking about a divine trinity and I hope that the wisdom of the crowds will turn the arguments into a polytheistic or animistic view. In other words an invitation to read this wonderful book about the fact that altitude really matters.
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- Marc Dierckx

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 08.04.2011
  • Verlag: Random House AudioBooks