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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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    Evan 06-05-17
    Evan 06-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant"

    The most articulate, intellectually honest, and socially useful book I've read on the subject of free will.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Calvarese 10-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Free Will Thoughts"

    "It's not the spoon that bends. it's only yourself. There is no spoon." Matrix. A perfect quote for a good read. I have read this book before and enjoyed it. The same applies to the audio version -- perhaps even better. In the sense, the listen (I) has the pleasure to listen to Sam Harris give his rendition.

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    Amazon Customer 10-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely mind-blowing material."

    Sam Harris is clever and articulate, as always. He makes a strong and often funny case against free will, and I don't think any other narrator could bring these points to life the way that he did.

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    Anonymous 10-16-17
    10-16-17
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    "Good one "

    A small eye opener too the society we really live in and really interesting thoughts

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    Tim Soran 09-16-17
    Tim Soran 09-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "sad escape from responsibility "

    A weak excuse to not be a good person a waste of time and money

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    Gabriel 09-16-17
    Gabriel 09-16-17
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    "increases gratitude"

    well though out & argued, makes me think differently about how grateful we must be for our circumstances and mean to make good choices in life

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    Joshua Brewer 09-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoying a better understanding"

    I knew before listening to this book that Harris was going to present an uncomfortable idea that I have no free will. I think he's right when he says that people don't want to believe they have no free will because it will rob them of something they feel is an essential ingredient of what makes us human. But what surprised me most about this book was how habitable an understanding that we are not the prime movers of our actions really is. Harris doesn't a very good job, in my opinion, of showing how our justice system and our entire conception of morality can be enhanced by the recognition that individuals are not overtly the cause of the behaviors. He also addresses the instance of what would happen if you decided to let yourself go when you realize you have no control of your actions and how you would continue to live your life regardless of your seeming resolve. After reading this book I feel much more comforted knowing that I have no free will than I did before.

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    Alex Pfand 09-02-17
    Alex Pfand 09-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Thoughtful but lost in conclusion."

    I am a big fan of Sam Harris' work, and this book is no different. He has always provide an objective and logical insight to philosophy and modern problems, and is enjoyable to listen to as a narrator for audiobooks. Unfortunately I don't feel that the content provided the same level of introspection as his other works had done for me. I agreed with the conclusion, but was left with a feeling apathy toward the subject. Perhaps I am just not as thoughtful of a person as the author is.

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    JOHN 08-19-17
    JOHN 08-19-17
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    "I enjoyed sam harris book very much. enlightening."

    I enjoyed the Sam Harris was able to be direct and to the point about his topic instead of adding a lot of fluff.

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    Matthew 07-30-17
    Matthew 07-30-17
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    "Awesome"

    I've been a fan of Sam's podcast for about a year and only recently delved into his books... damn! This and Lying were both revelatory. Well worth the hour and the few bucks.

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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
  • Amazon Customer
    9/11/17
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    "Accessible and Compelling"

    Sam Harris makes his arguments highly accessible through the use of examples and comparisons. He draws on modern neuroscience to make a highly compelling argument against the existence of free will.

    This is an important book for all people to read in order to understand the nature and causes of human action. It's also wonderfully concise and engaging.

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  • Amazon Customer
    9/1/17
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    "Will change the way you think you think (I think.."

    Don't let my headline put you off, this book is super clear and the ice cream references are funny. My humble opinion that Harris describes how we are better than anyone else.

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 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.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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