Science can answer moral questions

Recently, I’ve had a few posts arguing that values are critical for making meaning of evidence and that values are embedded in scientific research. I suppose one point I’ve been making is that those who claim to be objective may believe that they are objective, but they are not.

Sam Harris argues for objectivity in morality and values.

http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

Much of my worldview predisposes me to be sympathetic with his argument, but I find his sauce to be pretty weak. This may seem like a diversion, but isn’t this often what we’re talking about when we translate research to policy?