The Moral Arc

The Moral Arc

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Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy. In The Moral Arc, Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism--scientific ways of thinking--have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.a€œArena, a€ Star Trek. The Original Series. Season 1, Episode 19. ... A transcript of this episode is available at For a thoughtful discussion on the morality and ethics in Star Trek episodes see Barad, Judity, and Ed Robertson. 2001. ... 3. The quote appears at the end of an episode titled a€œ Scorched Eartha€ of Gene Roddenberrya#39;s television series Earth: Final Conflict. 4. Zahavianbsp;...

Title:The Moral Arc
Author:Michael Shermer
Publisher:Henry Holt and Company - 2015-01-20


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