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The Source: Are Skepticism And Rationality Leading To A Better World?

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In the midst of race riots, police brutality, ISIS beheadings, and the war in Ukraine, a new book is arguing that the world has morally progressed far beyond the likes of which we have seen before, and we have science and rationality to thank for the advances rather than religion.

Michael Shermer's "The Moral Arc" argues that when humanity discovered science and embraced reason -- mankind was on its way towards truth, justice and freedom.

Is  it triumph of intellectualism - a kinder planet with reduced violence and expanded human rights? 

Guest:

  • Michael Shermer, author of "The Moral Arc," professor, and columnist for Scientific American Magazine.

 

Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive
David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi