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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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    ranmenscee 02-27-16
    ranmenscee 02-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    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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    The Colonel Seattle 02-09-16
    The Colonel Seattle 02-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great topic to think on"

    I love how Sam Harris delivers thought provoking concepts with ease and clarity while also presenting opposing views. Anymore it's rare for an author, with such a definitive position as Mr. Harris has, not to belittle those who think differently. Thanks for another look into your insights.

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    Jim Foley St. Louis, Missouri, USA 12-07-15
    Jim Foley St. Louis, Missouri, USA 12-07-15
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    "Nice short argument"
    What made the experience of listening to Free Will the most enjoyable?

    Sam Harris presents good arguments in a way that comes off as passionate but reasonably objective. This was not a long listen, but a worthwhile short listen that stirred things up and made me think.


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    caramella butterscotch 09-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "another great book by Sam Harris"

    great book for people wishing to look beneath the veil. i. ultimately you do not have choice either way! ha!

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    rev. 09-01-15
    rev. 09-01-15
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    "i know why you do what you do, and me too. "

    incredible book. definitely worth multiple listens/reads. a nice coupling with dawkins' the selfish gene. all my thumbs up.

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    Patrick 08-17-15
    Patrick 08-17-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Sam Harris' style is clear and to the point. He illustrates his argument with poignant simplicity. Using what we have learned from science - he applies the facts to our incessant need to cling to myths and assumptions of transcendence.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is about us - all of us and how our brains are wired.


    What does Sam Harris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He doesn't have to read his own work but he doesn't detract from it by so doing - some authors should not read their own writing. Sam Harris reads his work without embellishment - thankfully.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    and you thought you were in charge


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Sam Harris for your courage to challenge cultural iconic beliefs.

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    Patrick 07-14-15
    Patrick 07-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Repetitive but strong"

    Could've been half the length without losing any content. The thesis is very well argued though and I recommend it to anyone.

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    Peter 07-09-15
    Peter 07-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Profound"

    Free Will is a must read for everyone. Agree or disagree, Harris' arguments are provocative and enlightening.

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