Science and the wisdom of well-being

Generally speaking, for Buddhists, “Science” with all its intellectual discipline and earnestness tends to end up being a “tourist’s view” - giving itself the false impression of  being fully involved with reality but in fact engaging it at a distance – peering through a “watcher’s lens” - rehearsing “existence” rather than  fully expressing it – and therefore misunderstanding it. For Buddhists, when “mind looks directly at mind” it reveals a reality hiding in plain sight that exposes the missing ingredient that can transform “science” into a “wisdom of well-being.”     

Here, Sam Harris begins to explore this line between “Science as a tourist’s view” and the possibility of an inherent moral landscape.

Photo Credit: Jasleen Kaur.


Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions