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.
I haven’t legit read since my senior year of highschool, I know I’m barely a sophomore in college but this is a friggin banger.55
Should be a $2.99 read15
But this was not well argued, not like your other books are.25
Sam is one of the few authors who I can't get enough of.55
I had no choice but give five stars to Sam. I love everything that he writes.55
No matter where you are in the discussion on free will, this book is excellent! I highly recommend that you read it.55
Skinner's book "Beyond Freedom & Dignity" is far more comprehensive, based on the science of behavior, and about half a century sooner. Much of what Harris has to say is rooted in behaviorism. Curious readers ought to check out Skinner's works. Behaviorism is not dead.35
This book was a great read. I would recommend it to anyone. It is also an extremely quick read. It can be read in about two hours and it will leave the reader with something to think about.55
Very disappointing. Few scientific studies mentioned. And SH has a PhD in neuroscience? It certainly is not evident. Not interested in page after page of SH's "ranting" as another reviewer stated. This is not a respectable scientifically based analysis, just hard to follow stories that could have been summarized in one chapter instead of such a painful reading. Not even any mention of the current Templeton Foundation sponsored study on free will. I know it hasn't been completed but this is a huge grant. No mention at all?15
A quick and easy read that gets straight to the point. Humans are incredibly influence by the subconscious. I'd recommend this to anyone.55