Simon and Schuster, Mar 6, 2012 - Science - 96 pages
From the New York Times bestselling author of The End of Faith, a thought-provoking, "brilliant and witty" (Oliver Sacks) look at the notion of free will—and the implications that it is an illusion.
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - steve02476 - LibraryThing
There is some good stuff here, but I think the fact that he never actually defines what free will IS is a major flaw. For a subject like this I expect the author to be very precise with their language ... Read full review
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ennuiprayer - LibraryThing
I didn't read this book from start to finish. Well, I did. Just not how I usually did. If I had to guess how long it actually took me to read this book, it be less. Way less. However, I read and ... Read full review
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