Traditionally, priests served as the arbiters of right and wrong, advising and passing judgement on moral issues. Scientists, on the other hand, were supposed to divest themselves of their moral stance in order to observe and record the world in an objective manner. Science operates on the philosophical principle that the world is understandable by humans, and that it is a worthwhile endeavour for us to do so. There is disagreement about where the limits of scientific enquiry lie, however. Can science solve once and for all our moral conundrums and remove the need for political disagreements? Filmed at the Battle of Ideas a line up of leading experts share their views.
- Article by Julian Baggini, Independent: If science has not actually killed God, it has rendered Him unrecognisable
- Article by Sue Blackmore, Guardian: Science explains, not describes