Week 3 – TED-Ed Lesson: On Science & Morality

This week we introduce you to TED-Ed Lessons Worth Sharing.
We can use engaging videos to create customized lessons, adapting
and editing any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or or creating lessons
from scratch around any TED or YouTube video. You can take the
TED-Ed tour to watch the video and learn how.

AU’s 2014-15 Common Book. We will also introduce you
to William Kwamba’s How We Built A Wind Mill.


Science can answer moral questions

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.

  • Watch the video
  • Think about answers to related questions
  • Dig Deeper by exploring additional resources

How I harnessed the wind

At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family’s home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.

Related Resources

Sam Harris: Talk to Me About Morality, Not Your Superiority

Sam Harris is offering $20,000 to anyone who can refute, disprove the central thesis of his book The Moral Landscape.

Too Simple to Be Wrong: Atheism’s Bronze-Age Goat Herder Conceit

Harris’ words [in his 2004 book The End of Faith] are indicative of a profoundly anti-intellectual conceit that holds an alarming amount of influence within contemporary scientifically motivated atheism.

→  Science, Religion and ‘The Breakfast Club’ Conceit 


Moving Windmills: The William Kamkwamba Story (video 6:07)

New documentary traces William Kamkwamba’s journey from rural Malawi to the TED Stage

William Kamkwamba is the subject of a new documentary, William and the Windmill, which made its world premiere at the SXSW film festival on Sunday, March 10. It is up for the festival’s Documentary Competition.

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