Sam Harris combines 1st principles, logic and intellectual honesty in a way that very few authors can. The results are perhaps unsurprisingly shocking and counter intuitive.
That's as much as an endorsement as a warning to the reader. You may not like the outcome.
my simple understanding is we can't know where thought comes from, so all that comes from thought cannot be known. free will being something i had assumed came from thought through consciousness. sam harris suggests we cannnot know that we have free will if we are unsure of the source for decisions or thoughts. how can we know what is next? how can we know that we made the choice or decision if we do not know from where it came?
so do we have free will? sam harris says we can't know.
i am not convinced. do we have less free will than most think, i would say yes. i think most people would think their life is solely because of their own 'free will' decisions in life. in this example 'most people' are wrong. it doesn't take into consideration the luck and uncontrollable circumstances everyone is put into which is part of the argument in the book that i do agree with.
if we have some free will, then it is still free will. if free will is an illusion, what is not an illusion?
The subject is definitely something to continue investigating. Implications are big. To me it seems like what has happened and what is about to happen are all inevitable. We do seem like actors in a scripted play. Great narration by the author.
I bought this as an udiobook by mistake. I wanted the paperback version, but it was really nice to get to listen to it. It takes no time and it was easy to follow. I will be buying this in the paperback version.
Thank you Sam Harris.
There's a lot good to be said about this book. Narration is great. It is well written. It's not to long. Unfortunately, I feel the book has two problems that are semi related. First, the author defines free will in a way that's a little bit problematic and as a consequence he ends up making more of an argument for the Universe and everything in it being deterministic. Sure, that is true. But that's not what people generally are talking about when they talk about free will.
Still recommend the book however. It's a fun, interesting read.
Sam Harris always has inventive and out of the box theories that make you question everything you think you know. This is another fascinating listen, and he interprets it clearly and enthusiastically. Would recommend to anyone interested in the topic, or just wanting to learn something new and interesting.
I would listen to this book again because it has so much interesting information that i want to know so I'll read it as many times as it takes to retain all of it.
The most compelling aspect of the narrative of this book was how logically Sam Harris explained his point. The message was completely unbiased and complimented the reader by not dancing around tough areas and being as clear as possible.
The section in between the front cover and the back cover was particularly captivating.
The message in this book is important for everyone to know. This book should be read by everybody because if everybody understood what Sam Harris is explaining in his book then the world would be a much better place.