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Free Will

Harris, Sam (Paperback - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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In this enlightening book, Sam Harris argues that free will is an illusion but that this truth should not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom; indeed, this truth can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.
Authors: Harris, Sam, 1967-
Title: Free will
Published: New York : Free Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st Free Press trade pbk. ed.
Characteristics: 83 p. ;,21 cm.
Summary: In this enlightening book, Sam Harris argues that free will is an illusion but that this truth should not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom; indeed, this truth can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 1451683405
9781451683400
Branch Call Number: 123.5 HAR
Statement of Responsibility: Sam Harris
Subject Headings: Free will and determinism.
Topical Term: Free will and determinism.
LCCN: 2011052177
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May 02, 2014
  • erikares1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

While Harris brings up an interesting and possibly valid hypothesis he failed to ultimately sell me on it. The field of neuroscience is absolutely fascinating and I can't wait till we discover more about the field, but this book didn't particularly interest me.

Mar 12, 2012
  • roaddogg09 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sam's new book is short and to the point: free will is an illusion. The idea that you are the conscious arbiter of your thoughts, actions, and beliefs is just false. Even though the book is short (less than 70 pages), it covers a lot of ground. I wish Sam had written a full-length book on such an important topic, but even with its shortness, "Free Will" does the job and makes a compelling case.

I'm hoping to see Sam and Daniel Dennett have a conversation on their differing views of free will. Sam's treatment of Dennett's position, compatiblism, were thought-provoking and made me reconsider my own position.

It is doubtful this little book will end the debate, but it will add much to the conversation.

Another book that argues free will is an illusion is Michael Gazzaniga's wonderful book, "Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain"

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