It seems to me patently obvious that we can no more respect and tolerate vast differences in notions of human well-being than we can respect or tolerate vast differences in the notions about how disease spreads, or in the safety standards of buildings and airplanes.

Sam Harris

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“Science Can Answer Moral Questions.” TED2010. Feb. 2010. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Science Can Answer Moral Questions." TED2010. Feb. 2010. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote by author and neuroscientist Sam Harris means that we, as a society, need to agree on the answers to moral questions in the same way that we must agree on the answers to important scientific questions, such as how diseases spread or how to build safe buildings. The quote is from Harris' 2010 TED Talk about how science should be the basis on which we shape our moral values, just as we rely on science to provide other important guidance in life. Watch the full TED Talk here: Sam Harris - Science Can Answer Moral Questions
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