Science can tell us how people ought to behave and address moral questions, according to the neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris. In his book The Moral Landscape, he argues that “Just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, we will see that that there is no such thing as Christian or Muslim morality. Indeed, I will argue that morality should be considered an undeveloped branch of science.”Sam Harris
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values is published by Bantam Press.
The quality of our relationships with each other is what determines the ‘good society’, according to the Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s Piccadilly in London’s West End. In an increasingly urbanised environment, she argues that human well-being relies upon reclaiming empathy and compassion. Lucy Winkett is taking part in debates concerning the role of the religious sensibility in creating the ‘good society’.St James's Church Piccadilly
In 2001 scientists involved with the Human Genome Project published the first results of reading our entire human genetic code. Ten years on, how much does decoding our genome tell us about being human?Adam Rutherford
The scientist Adam Rutherford is presenting The Gene Code, a two-part documentary series on BBC 4 on Monday 18 and Monday 25 April at 9.00pm.
The writer Masha Gessen tells how one of mathematics’ greatest problems was solved by a reclusive Russian who refused a million dollars as his prize. She explores the remarkable story of Grigori Perelman in her book Perfect Rigour, despite Perelman’s refusal to give interviews.Perfect Rigour
Perfect Rigour: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century is published by Icon Books.
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