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Sam Harris’ TED video and the danger of liberal atheist moral absolutism

A fellow graduate student recently shared the below Sam Harris TED video with me and I was quite surprised at the premise of the talk. In it, Sam Harris gives a spirited defense of moral absolutism, the idea that there are objective truths about what we should and should not value. Below is the video. [...]

Religion does not cause racism, but group morality may underlie both.

One of the professors at my university co-authored a recent meta-analysis which found that there is a relatively robust correlation between religiosity and racism.  It’s hard to dispute the methodology of the study, which included 55 studies with over 20,000 people.  Still, I can’t help but cringe at what take home message people might get [...]