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Free Will Audiobook

Free Will

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Sam Harris (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"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. Like all of Harris’s books, this one will not only unsettle you but make you think deeply. Read it: you have no choice." (Jerry A. Coyne, Professor of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, and author of Why Evolution Is True)

"In this elegant and provocative book, Sam Harris demonstrates—with great intellectual ferocity and panache—that free will is an inherently flawed and incoherent concept, even in subjective terms. If he is right, the book will radically change the way we view ourselves as human beings." (V. S. 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)

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    KT Vermont 04-30-12
    KT Vermont 04-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not so profound"
    Would you try another book from Sam Harris and/or Sam Harris?

    Of course, but not based on this one.


    What could Sam Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not sure. I simply disagree with how he took the book. It amounts to a disagreement on the definition of "free will" which maybe I can't really hold against the book. I was thoroughly disappointed in the depth of his reasoning and the scope of his thought. The book feels like the first 1/3 was leading to something then you are never taken anywhere special. This book should have been 30% the size it is even though its small to begin with.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where the woman stands in front of a target with an apple on her head and...


    Any additional comments?

    Whenever an author brings up an example of someone else's opinion you have never heard of to contrast with their own, and doesn't successfully defend his point of view against it, one is left feeling let down (in this case Daniel Dennett). Of course free will is nonsensical as we commonly think of it, but instead of stating that directly and moving on, Sam Harris gets stuck in first gear with simply "we don't have free will".

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Agoura Hills, CA 01-12-17
    Jay Agoura Hills, CA 01-12-17

    Jay

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    "Thought provoking"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan 12-10-16
    Brendan 12-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very interesting"

    I like this book. I didn't choose to like it I just did. it's very short but still a good listen.

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    Kindle Customer 11-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fast and easy to understand"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shregg 11-18-16
    Shregg 11-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Two problems"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Francy_B 11-04-16
    Francy_B 11-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peteri 10-17-16
    Peteri 10-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book"
    Would you listen to Free Will again? Why?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Harris – was your favorite?

    Himself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The section in between the front cover and the back cover was particularly captivating.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sparky74 09-29-16
    Sparky74 09-29-16
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    "Fascinating and Thought Provoking"

    Great Audible to expand your understanding of self and others. Enlightening and powerful self-help tool.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luke B. 09-20-16
    Luke B. 09-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Do YOU really want to read this.....?"

    There are a seemingly infinite number of quotable lines in this short book. It's easy to read and lends itself to comprehension even by those who've never spend a second thinking about the topic. Harris presents his arguments in a nearly ironclad way without playing mental gymnastics or by diluting his points with equivocation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirk D. Perecich 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Realizing that free will is an illusion is freeing"

    I must say I agree with 99% of what Sam Harris says, and the other 1% is just my not understanding uncommon words (I then Google their definitions). I recommend listening to this and his other books. It's also great that this book is narrated by the author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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