Moral Landscape – how Sam Harris makes an argument for the existence of God

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Page 13 of Sam Harri’s The Moral Landscape filled me with genuine surprise. In fact I couldn’t quite believe I was reading what he had written. Harris wrote, ‘It is important to emphasize that a scientific account of human values […] is not the same as an evolutionary account’ (p.13). This statement fills me with enormous puzzlement: in an atheistic, naturalistic account of the world how can a scientific account not be an evolutionary one? What account are we therefore to accept? If it isn’t the result of evolution, then where does it come from?

My puzzlement increased a couple of sentences on where Harris writes, ‘While the possibilities of human experience must be realized in the brains that evolution has built for us, our brains were not designed with a view to our ultimate fulfilment’ (p.13). Huh!?!? Our brains were not designed with a view to our fulfillment? This…

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