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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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    Anthony Cole Fairchild 03-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great premise, but..."

    The premise was very thought-provoking in the abstract, but the author should have left politics out of it. He should have left it up to the reader to decide whether or not a conservative or liberal worldview is "correct".

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    Jonathan 02-19-17
    Jonathan 02-19-17
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    "Dry but important"

    As interesting as the subject matter could have been. Well worth reading. Short read, long time to digest.

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    John 02-17-17
    John 02-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I love his work"

    This was an amazing book. I read it as well. Problem is, I am biased to all of Sam Harris products, talks and lectures. The man should start his own religion....LOL

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    Carl Gold Coast, Australia 02-17-17
    Carl Gold Coast, Australia 02-17-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant as ever"

    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.

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    testbadge 02-06-17
    testbadge 02-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic"

    This was a fantastic performance. A must listen to all newbies. It motivated me to listen to more books

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    sonny 01-24-17
    sonny 01-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "a better title would be "unsure""
    Any additional comments?

    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?

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    Jay Agoura Hills, CA 01-12-17
    Jay Agoura Hills, CA 01-12-17

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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.

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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 2017
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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.

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    A Nordic Person 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.

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  • Dom
    4/22/15
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    "mind blowing book"

    Really changes the way you think. Very strong argument. Recommended to anyone who is interested. Mind it is quite short so don't blow your monthly credit on it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    3/19/15
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    "Very interesting"

    A nice quick listen which is very well explained. Quite educational as I certainly know more about free will now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver
    9/26/16
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    "Will Free"

    I thought this was fantastically thought provoking. Unfortunately due to the contents, I find it difficult to attribute any credit to author Sam Harris.

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  • Bernard Rosewalll
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    9/25/16
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    "Persuasive"

    Sam Harris's book is so plausible he has convinced me he didn't write it.

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  • Ian
    2/23/16
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    "Heavy"
    Where does Free Will rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top tier.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a readable and substantial case for the lack of free-will.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did. Bears repeating and demands full attention.


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