Towards a 21st century enlightenment

Matthew Taylor of the RSA (the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce) provides food for thought. Lots.

I like how he brings in the concept of humanism towards the end, as a way to close the gap between “mere” scientific rationality and more humane ways of being — although Sam Harris, for one, might argue that scientific principles themselves can lead to humanistic ethical values. (Tim Ferris might, too. Does a similarity in names cause a similarity in thinking?) Others, like PZ Myers, disagree. Not completely sure yet where I stand on that — I eagerly await Harris’s new book, out this October — but as I said, plenty to think about.

More videos here.

(via FlickFilosopher)


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