lundi 23 janvier 2017

Sam Harris vs. Jordan Peterson

This may be an interesting topic. These two begin a discussion in which they agree with the need for academic freedom, and then move on to an area where they disagree. It seems that Jordan Peterson has an argument that the *truth of religion resides in its evolutionarily derived power to prolong human survival.

Regardless of whether religion is an adaptation, Sam Harris refuses to allow this definition of truth, arguing that it makes a mockery of an important concept that is a precondition for any other fruitful discussion. As a result, almost the entire podcast here is of Harris cornering Peterson on this issue.

I agree with Harris, who puts philosophical thought experiments to good use here. Peterson appears to be using classic motivated reasoning.

You may want to listen. You may find it tedious. I enjoyed it.

via International Skeptics Forum

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