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A BELIEF IN FREE WILL touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion. In this enlightening book, Sam Harris argues that this truth about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.
alaska said an important voice in clear, research-focused science writing. Part philosophical treatise, part peer-reviewed literature review, Sam Harris dispels the illusion of free will in a mere 1an important voice in clear, research-focused science writing Part philosophical treatise, part peer-reviewed literature review, Sam Harris dispels the illusion of free will in a mere 13,000 words. The determinism proposed by the New Atheist movement has been in and out of vogue for centuries, depending, in the moment, on the reigning scientific and philosophical paradigms. Harris' writing add. ,000 words. The determinism proposed by the New Atheist movement has been in and out of vogue for centuries, depending, in the moment, on the reigning scientific and philosophical paradigms. Harris' writing add. Almost Compelling Leland B. Yeager Sam Harris handles an old philosophical issue in a laudably straightforward and persuasive way. My reflections partly differ, though, from what he might accept. Anyway, everything we individual humans are, do, and think is caused by conditions reaching far back in time, although sheer chance does loosen this causation. No room remai. An exaggerated summary of the topic; endnotes the most interesting chapter Mr. Harris does an interesting summary of free will as researched by neuroscience over the last few years, citing many relevant studies in the field by contemporary researchers. It is probably a good introduction to the neuroscience of free will – but no more than that. Mr. Harris fails to discuss the topic of free will under
He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA. Dr. Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, and Lying. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. . Harris is cofounder and CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific k
Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, UCSD, and author of The Tell-Tale Brain"Brilliant and witty—and never less than incisive—Free Will shows that Sam Harris can say more in 13,000 words than most people do in 100,000." —Oliver Sacks"Free will is an illusion so convincing that people simply refuse to believe that we don’t have it. In Free Will, Sam Harris combines neuroscience and psychology to lay this illusion to rest at last. Read it: you have no choice."—Jerry A. In this smart, engaging, and extremely readable little book, Sam Harris argues that free will doesn’t exist, that we’re better off knowing that it doesn’t exist, and that—once we think about it