What science can and cannot tell us

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.

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