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I thought he was clutching at straws on this point, suggesting that science has the capacity to answer the big questions, even moral questions. That is a dubious assertion and, just as you mentioned, I was disturbed by the implication that we might throw in to an unjust mass-killing like the Iraq War and absolve ourselves because, hey, turns out quarks don't care. Religion has a mixed track record indeed and I tend towards moral skepticism, but this portion of his presentation only reaffirms his thorough-going scientism.