Can Science Explain And Account For Human Morality?

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Can Science Explain and account for Human Morality?

Introduction

Morality has long since been a topic of debate, with hundreds of branches to the ever-expanding argument. One area of debate is that of science’s power to explain and account for the history of Human morality. In the question: “Can Science Explain and Account for Human Morality?” we also have another question: “Is the foundation of morality natural, or supernatural?”. In this question, there is a dichotomy between the origin of morality being scientific in nature, or the origin of morality being founded upon religion and created by a divine entity. This topic of debate is crucial to advance our understanding of human morality, as well as finally answer whether morals are inherited by hereditary or by a deity. If science can explain morality, it would provide another succinct argument that belief in a deity is unfounded. However, if science cannot explain the history and facets of why morality exists, it would be a huge blow to the scientific movement.

Moreover, there is a somewhat large consensus of people who argue that human morality does not exist altogether and that we as human beings have no true way of making a distinction between right and wrong; This way of viewing morality is called Moral Nihilism. The moral nihilist would argue that science cannot measure truth in the universe, as we are skewed with our imperfect human perception, and that we cannot argue over moral facts, as we know of no such…

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