Harris is a decent reader. This book explores free will, but honestly is too simplistic and short to really be worth anything more than a dollar or two.
Harris' style is very concise and he doesn't beat around the bush. The story isn't overly scientific, but nonetheless an intelligent listen.
Say something about yourself!
Sam Harris can write anything and I'll enjoy it. Sometimes I'll heartily agree, sometimes I'll wonder where I stand on an issue but I always have a good time listening.
I thought I would find scholarly ammunition for what I personally am coming to believe about free will. I usually enjoy and understand Sam Harris, in his blog and in other books. But this was too scholarly and did not reach me.
Interested in science, and concerned with what's true.
Yes, because I think it encourages people to consider a new perspective that they may not have had access to.
The comparisons that are made.
At first, I found his speaking style alitle hard to follow, but by the time I reached the second or third chapter, I was accustomed to it and it became clear without having to rewind and re listen.One thing I appreciated was that he wrote the book to be accessible to more people by opting for more common words instead of long, uncommon ones... I only had to pause the book maybe 3 times to look up a word.
FREE WILL... You may beleive in it, but you may not have a choice.
The possible new perspective is well worth the relatively low price of the book.
A Brave New World
I have no complaints about the "performance".
The pointless assumptions... Guy.
A philosophical book on the nature of consciousness (more than anything). I was hoping for/expecting more of a scientific/clinical look at free will. Maybe my fault for not researching a little more before buying. This just made me feel like I was listening to a long winded college kid, under the influence of the weed and musing about nothing. Maybe I should give it another try stoned?
Simply not enough time in the world to read all the books I want to, so now I listen to them.
I already have. It is very short, so it is a very very quick listen. It lays out the argument for and against free will in fairly easy to understand ways. I wished it was longer.
Not really worth using a credit on this book, but very worth the few dollars it cost me.
You're a human being with free will - you decide whether you'd like coffee or tea in the morning. You decide what clothing to wear to work. You have control over how you approach the world. You have control.
... or do you?
Sam Harris puts forth a logically woven argument in this book that will likely leave your world a little bit changed. Are you curious yet? =) This audio book is well read and absolutely worth the money.
Short and to-the-point. Sam does a great job of illustrating that we do not REALLY have free will, even if we FEEL like we do.
"The Illusion of Free Will"
My only complaint is that there is no real organization to the book, or his argument. It might help some listeners (readers) if he was more explicit about the argument behind his thesis.
It gives a well though out position that seems logically consistent describing why there is no such thing as free will. Sam Harris even addresses his critics and recognizes the irony in the simple fact that he obviously didn't have true free will to decide whether he would write this book or not.
Its conclusion is disturbing... all the more so, because he does seem to get there without cheating. Or did he? That's the question that arises in your mind after hearing it. If there is no free will, what do you do with that knowledge. He does try to address that near the end, but that was the only part that wasn't convincing to me. Other than pure denial or apathy or laziness, what stops people from living there lives in some kind of Nietzche-like nihilism.
The only "moral" point that seems to be backed up by his reasoning... and he brings this point to the forefront at the very beginning of the book... is that the criminal justice system needs to be more cognizant of this world-view when sentencing violent criminals... more specifically, that the justice system should be set up to prevent criminal behavior not necessarily punish it... since no one is truly responsible for their behavior (in his world view).
But again, what does this mean for the rest of us. He argues that this won't and shouldn't turn us all into nihilistic libertines. And he may be right but for the wrong reasons. Even if you accept his arguments, can you really embrace them fully and not go a little wacked. The lack of free will... be it a myth or not... is disturbing, very disturbing. One's own internal self defense mechanisms kick in and the reading all seems like some amnesiac's dream.
His reading of the book suffices. Its a philosophical treatise so there is no real need for anything but a straight-forward reading of the book, and Harris delivers that just fine. Of course, it always adds to the hearing of the reading when you know the narrator is the same as the author.
Why you should be nice to psychopaths cause you could be one too, who knows?