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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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    Moon Arlington VA 05-06-16
    Moon Arlington VA 05-06-16 Member Since 2013

    Never stop learning!

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    "Thought provoking!"

    This is a must read. To me, it's a beginning of a conversation on free will, not its conclusion. We have yet to learn much about our brains to make any definitive conclusion. But, it is clear we do not control our thoughts or their genesis much like we do not control our digestion. ;)

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    Nick the Sagacious 04-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brief but thought provoking."

    Detailed exploration into determinism. I disagree but enjoyed it none the less. Sam goes into great detail into the ramifications of not being responsible for anything. This is only possible by decoupling the subconscious from "will". As a neurologist I understand his perspective but I believe not only in a deeper sense of self but I believe this subconscious's will is part of our free will. My only complaint is the brevity v. cost. $10 for just over an hour of content is not pleasing.

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    Dwight E. Pennington Jr. California, USA 04-29-16
    Dwight E. Pennington Jr. California, USA 04-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Think for yourself."

    I encourage anyone reading this book to take the objective facts and use them to shape their worldview.

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    David 04-28-16
    David 04-28-16
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    "A definitive answer to the question of free will"

    I was on the fence before about free will, but now there is no question in my mind. Everyone should read this book.

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    Brittany N. Pritchard Baton Rouge, LA 04-08-16
    Brittany N. Pritchard Baton Rouge, LA 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "makes sense."

    i liked "Lying" better, but I understand better why some dont believe in free will.

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    Joseph 03-30-16
    Joseph 03-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Do I have a choice to write this review?"

    How anyone can dispute the points Harris makes in this book is beyond me. Really good book about a complex topic. Sam makes many attempts to illustrate the illusion of free will. I think I understood his arguments and can acknowledge the strong possibly that I have no free will, yet it still feels like I make independent choices everyday. This book will be replayed several times and I plan to discuss it with friends. Thanks Dr. Harris. Please continue to do what you do.

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    Ryan Wyshynski 03-07-16
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    "Insiteful and well written (and well read)"

    "Free Will" left me thinking "of course - I already knew that intuitively"... but did I? I'm now questioning every thought that pops into my head (not really lol). This book is sure to anger the religious and non-religious conservatives for differing, but sometimes overlapping reasons. I loved this book. Probably because I have never felt actually and really in control of my thoughts and now I can say "neither are you!" haha!

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    ranmenscee 02-27-16
    ranmenscee 02-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth it"

    Very content with this audiobook. But, I mean, who knows why? Maybe now I'll go grab something to eat.

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    Z 02-15-16
    Z 02-15-16
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    "Could have been said in one sentence."
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    Why did Sam Harris even write a book on this? It could have been said in one sentence: "When you think you are making a decision you are really just giving in to whatever physiological impulse is stronger." He basically says this over and over for an hour +. Absolutely did not have to turn this into a book.

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    Krzysztof 02-10-16
    Krzysztof 02-10-16
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    "weak"

    It reads like Main Kampf: self contradictory, weak argumentation against existence of free will. Worth reading if you want to see how weak the best arguments against free will are

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