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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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    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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    Joakim 07-09-15
    Joakim 07-09-15
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    "A bit short but all-around a good listen"

    A bit short, but it is a thought provoking and an interesting question. Is free will a thing? I'm not so sure any more. Imho Sam is a good reader and has a nice voice for this sort of thing. Will definitely continue reading his books!

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    Sam San Diego 07-05-15
    Sam San Diego 07-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enlightening"

    I like the way Sam articulates his ideas. I've thought the same things about freewill and I've also read this book previously. There's nothing like having the author read their own work though.

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    Benjamin 06-29-15
    Benjamin 06-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hard to follow."

    Book lacks examples. I was bored cause there is no real challenge to his theory in the book. He is right and here's why, is what I got from it.
    Author gives his points without God in mind.

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    Charles Easley, SC, United States 06-25-15
    Charles Easley, SC, United States 06-25-15 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Balancing of Vengence & Remediation, Reexamined"

    As a neurophysiologist Dr Harris makes persuasive argument that there really is no free will. Before I recovered from Presbyterianism, I could reconcile predestination with a desire to be good and win salvation because only god knew how it would come out. Now that I have embraced the truth a rebalancing of the scales of justice was in order and this little treatise was very helpful. Thanks Sam.crc

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    Collin Berend 06-20-15
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    "Whether you agree or not, it's a thought pondering book"

    The book was interesting. I never agreed to free will solely based on mathematical and physical reasons, but now I have, obviously, a more neurological means to explain it.

    I'd recommend this book to anyone because if you are open minded or curious, it's worth it.

    Some parts you subjectively might fine monotonous and others stellar.

    You will only find out by reading.

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    LindsayP 06-12-15
    LindsayP 06-12-15
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    "Great book"

    It was entertaining and thought-provoking. It's a little to conversational, but intriguing nonetheless. Highly recommended.

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    Justine 06-11-15
    Justine 06-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Bored."

    It Really has to be something you're interested in - appeals to very few I suspect.

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