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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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    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
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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
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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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    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.

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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.

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