Can Science Prove All Moral Issues?

644 WordsJan 26, 20183 Pages
Contemporary society assumes a conflict between science and religion regarding moral issues. Since antiquity, mankind has sensed a need for moral order and sought guidance from organized religion to establish that order. But accepting the precepts taught by an organized religion often entails faith in the next world. Therefore, not everybody, even in good conscience, can accept this guidance, at least from what they perceive as a man-made religion. And so, a second source of guidance emerged in approximately the 15th century - namely classical science. A discipline that entails measurement and observation of natural phenomenon, and especially the ability to reproduce experimental results is easier for mankind to accept because it is provable. Thus in contemporary society, the temptation is heightened to turn to something they can trust – namely “science” to find the answers to the perplexing problems of life. These two approaches, science and religion, mankind has used to answer questions of morality. Religion is a faith-centered point of view on how to look at the world. Due to the demonstrable nature of experiments, mankind is more likely to trust in science for answers to the problems of life. However, science for all of its great wonders cannot solve moral questions. Science is the study of facts and principles. Moral issues are essentially address choices made by humanity between good and evil. Sam Harris, a noted neuroscientist and philosopher, and the speaker of the
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