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"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."
"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
"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
"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
Sam Harris's diversified career has run the gamut from multi-million-selling singer and songwriter to Tony-nominated actor to writer, director, and producer.See all Product Description
Thought provoking essay on why we have the illusion of free will. Our brains process thought and action milliseconds before we have the conscious thought. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve
Sam Harris writes very clearly and cogently. I am not sure what to think of the significance of his findings; very strange to consider.Published 10 months ago by J E Morgan
This book is great. Really makes you wonder about free will. Very short and easy to understand. Please get this book if you are interested in philosophy.Published 15 months ago by John Johnson
Sam Harris IS a tremendous thinker.
I am in no position to criticize but only offer a seemingly missing diagnostic throughout the book.... The laws of EMERGENCE. Read more
Harris is an emphatic writer. He knows how to mix humor, science, philosophy, and good old common sense to make an accessible yet equally challenging read.Published 18 months ago by Humble Journeyman
The book is well written but the point is subjective and not supported by any analysis
I do not recommend it
Good book, interesting insights. It's a fair assessment of circumstantial behavior that allows for compassion for "wrong-doers" and less jealousy for high-achievers. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2013 by Pam Starratt
The book is very similar to the talks he does on the book in terms of content, it only goes into a bit more depth. Read morePublished on April 12 2013 by Jonathan R Beardall
The reason I bought this book was that I was discussing the same idea with my friends for some time and found it difficult to convey my understanding to others (that is, to justify... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2013 by Hesam Shahriari