This is the fourth video of the four-part debate that Sam Harris and I undertook in June 2018.
Sam and I met twice in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with Bret Weinstein moderating, for a third time in Dublin, Ireland, and for a fourth and final time in London, England. Douglas Murray joined the debate with us for the latter two occasions.
Video 1: Vancouver: https://bit.ly/2OlRZUa
Video 2: Vancouver: https://bit.ly/2CUQT0g
Video 3: https://bit.ly/2CUa0HG
Video 4: https://bit.ly/2On6Y0a
Sam is a well-known Enlightenment rationalist, and a prominent atheist – one of the “four horsemen,” along with Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens (now unfortunately deceased) and Daniel Dennett. He believes (1) that our ethical systems should or even must be grounded in something other than arbitrary revelation or opinion; (2) that the world of facts can and should provide that grounding; and (3) that the grounding of values in fact can occur in the absence of much perceptual or cognitive intermediation.
I agree with him with regard to point (1) but not point (2) and (3). I won’t present any of my argument here, however, because Sam isn’t here to respond, as he is in the videos.
I have also written three blog posts on the Harris/Peterson discussions, here:
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfdaAGZvYsA
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