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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Beyond Belief Videos

The Science Network has posted a slew of videos from the Beyond Belief conference. So far, I've only watched Sam Harris' fascinating talk, in which he proposes that science can play an important role in addressing moral questions.

The talks at the conference are somewhat brief, so Sam could only outline his ideas, but even in that short time he shares a perspective on moral thinking that struck me as having the potential to be both radical and extremely useful.



  1. a lot of videos...
    I'll need some time to watch them all. Any other suggestions what's worth watching?

  2. Geoff, you win 100 internets for that link. Seriously awesome stuff.

  3. nm,
    I've sent you an email. Don't feel pressed to answer, but I'd like to hear your opinion.

  4. This Web site is new to me, and I feel like I've been left out on a great secret. The Beyond Belief videos are just the tip of the iceberg. There's tons of great stuff. Right now I'm listening to linguist Stephen Pinker's interview, which is on the site's homepage. There's also an hour-long Pinker talk elsewhere on the site.

  5. Tilia,

    Harris gets my vote, but I've only just started exploring the site.

  6. Listening to smart people talk is so amazingly better than reading the thoughts of a man who believes that a being from ancient Middle Eastern mythology is responsible for making his favorite cereal.


  7. geoff,
    I liked Harris, too. The only other vidoe I watched was Patricia Churchland and I was a little bit disappointed. I've read her latest book and liked it a lot, but her presentation was surprisingly insecure.

  8. Steven Pinker interview????? MUST SEE NOW!!!

  9. Tilia,

    I'm mulling it over. Let me think about this for a few minutes.


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