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Free Will - by Sam Harris (Paperback)

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  • From the New York Times bestselling author of The End of Faith, a thought-provoking, "brilliant and witty" (Oliver Sacks) look at the notion of free will--and the implications that it is an illusion.
  • Author(s): Sam Harris
  • 96 Pages
  • Philosophy, Free Will & Determinism

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In this enlightening book, Sam Harris argues that free will is an illusion but that this truth should not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom; indeed, this truth can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.



Book Synopsis



From the New York Times bestselling author of The End of Faith, a thought-provoking, "brilliant and witty" (Oliver Sacks) look at the notion of free will--and the implications that it is an illusion.

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.



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"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

"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

"If you believe in free will, or know someone who does, here is the perfect antidote. In this smart, engaging, and extremely readable little book, Sam Harris argues that free will doesn't exist, that we're better off knowing that it doesn't exist, and that--once we think about it in the right way--we can appreciate from our own experience that it doesn't exist. This is a delightful discussion by one of the sharpest scholars around."
--Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology, Yale University, and author of How Pleasure Works

"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

"Many say that believing that there is no free will is impossible--or, if possible, will cause nihilism and despair. In this feisty and personal essay, Harris offers himself as an example of a heart made less self-absorbed, and more morally sensitive and creative, because this particular wicked witch is dead."
--Owen Flanagan, Professor of Philosophy, Duke University, and author of The Really Hard Problem
Dimensions (Overall): 7.8 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x .5 Inches (D)
Weight: .3 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 96
Genre: Philosophy
Sub-Genre: Free Will & Determinism
Publisher: Free Press
Format: Paperback
Author: Sam Harris
Language: English
Street Date: March 6, 2012
TCIN: 14002724
UPC: 9781451683400
Item Number (DPCI): 248-79-7171
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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