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Breaking the Free Will Illusion for the Betterment of Humankind by [Slattery, 'Trick]
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Learn why the belief in free will doesn’t make sense, and why you and the rest of humankind will be better off abandoning it!

Free will is an ability many think they posses. Most, however, aren’t aware of the dangers imposed by such a belief, and have never thought about free will other than their own assumptions based on a pervasive feeling. The logic, reason, and evidence, however, says something entirely different.

Have you ever blamed yourself for something you’ve done in the past? If so, for how long? Perhaps you still are? Have you ever held a grudge over another person or them you? Perhaps you have hatred for someone who has opposing ideas, thoughts, and beliefs. Or maybe you think someone is more deserving than another or to blame for their own situation?

The belief in free will embeds itself within so much of what we think, feel, and do. It isn't just about abstract philosophical metaphysics that applies only to those in academic circles. The belief in free will is a root feeling and concept that has an effect on how most people think about politics, religion, economics, morality / ethics, law, criminal and justice systems, feelings about ourselves, our relationship to others, and our relationship to the world around us. It’s for this reason that the topic needs to move away from academia and into the real world.

Individually, the free will topic means a lot to you and everything you think, say, and do. Overall, the topic means a great deal for the entirety of humanity.

There are real world consequences to holding such a belief in free will, and those consequences are more dire than one would suspect. Free will is often taken for granted and assumed as something positive. The reality, however, is something surprisingly different and, at least initially, counter-intuitive. In actuality, the belief in free will creates people who have resentment, guilt, and hatred. It drives inequality, egoism, poverty dismissal, retributive tendencies, non-connectedness, and a slew of other unhelpful and downright dangerous thoughts and feelings.

If we continue holding on to such illusions as if they are real, the future looks bleak. Rather than try to understand causes and fix things at base, we’ll just assume that people could have done other than they did. It is, after all, much easier to place blame on people than it is to look for actual causes. It’s a much simpler task to suggest that you or the another person simply could have or should have done differently.

If, however, we begin to break away from the illusion -- If we begin to understand that free will is not a rational belief -- only then can humanity progress to a state of less ego, more understanding, and start to develop solutions based on reality rather than fictions.

We can either keep holding on to the ultimately harmful free will illusion, or break the illusion in the most educated and safe ways possible. And the only way to break the illusion is with well reasoned information.

In this enlightening book, 'Trick Slattery gives the ultimate case against free will, and also explores why it's important that we begin to recognize this fact and understand what it means. He makes the case that it's not only an illusion, but a harmful illusion at that. The only way to begin mending the harms this illusion has caused is to understand why it simply can’t exist, and what it does and doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.

Free will is an illusion. We experience a feeling of free will, but that feeling doesn’t correlate with something real. It’s only a feeling. Come be a part of the history that breaks the free will illusion for the betterment of humankind!

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  • Publisher: Working Matter Publishing; 1 edition (May 20 2014)
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I have read numerous books on the subject of free will, both philosophical and scientific, and this has to be the most detailed, thorough, and accessible explanation of the illusion and its impact on humanity that I've read. This needs to be essential reading for everyone.
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very clear and precise presentation of latest views on the lack of free will. letter type large enough for old man to read without magnifying glass.
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HASH(0xa05bf294) out of 5 stars Suprisingly Good Book on Free Will Sept. 10 2014
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I say "surprisingly" because I've never heard of this book or author. It is not ranked high in sales and has only one review. I really didn't expect much from it but it turns out I was wrong and thus very pleasantly surprised.

Slattery uses logic and reason in a philosophical argument to show that free will is just an illusion. He does briefly mention a few studies in neuroscience that support this lack of free will, however the book doesn't try to use evidence (which is mostly lacking anyway). That doesn't detract from the powerful argument found in this book. Slattery builds the argument in a very clear and logical approach that is amazingly accessible to lay readers. In my mind that makes this book different than any other I have ever read on the subject.

I do feel that it is a bit repetitive (something the author acknowledges). Slattery attempts to cover virtually every attack on free will he has heard or can imagine and he basically duplicates the material in each chapter in a dialogue at the end of each. So at times I tired of what is basically the same argument over and over. BUT I didn't deduct any stars for this because for some people this may all be helpful and of course one can skim.

One thing I found particularly helpful was something I have struggled with for a long, long time. That being how we can actually acquire knowledge if we don't have free will. I first encountered the argument in the writings of Nathaniel Branden and found it powerful. This book helped my solidify my thinking in this area and I'm much better off for it.

Slattery covers both the argument against free will very thoroughly and then adds what he refers to as the psychology of free will. The fact that basically we all have the illusion of free will and it seems intuitively correct. He goes into decent depth about the impact of that psychology. I found it very interesting if somewhat naïve in certain places about human nature and economics.

I highly recommend this book to any thinking person. I personally was able to give up my belief in free will over a very long period of time but it wasn't easy. I think if I had encountered this book at the beginning the process would have been much faster. Well done!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa05bf2e8) out of 5 stars This book ends the Free Will Debate. Jan. 12 2016
By Alex Baker - Published on
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This book is as thorough as it really gets on the subject of Free Will. The author presents a simple, but extremely powerful argument for why Free Will is an illusion and then proceeds to attack his own argument from every imaginable angle. Any reasonable person will walk away from this book with a full understanding of why Free Will just can't be true, the problems such an assumption has created in our society and personal lives, and what must be done to change it. It's a must read for not only those interested in the philosophical subject matter, but for anyone who believes in Free Will. As far as I'm concerned, this book has just ended the Free Will debate.
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HASH(0xa05bf5c4) out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised May 13 2015
By John Grove - Published on
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This book is one of the most in-depth in discussing causality/acausality that I have read. Don't confuse this book with something shallow like Enel Vale's" Nietzschean aphorisms, this book is one of the best. And its points are so in-depth they become exhausting at times because it leaves no stone unturned in showing at nearly every angle I have seen that free will just doesn't make a lick of sense.

Very comprehensive and really and truly it delivers what it set out to do.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa05bf4bc) out of 5 stars the difference between these two worlds is fuzzy at best but if you take this book on rather than ... Oct. 23 2015
By Edward Heidicker - Published on
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If you find yourself reading this review there is strong evidence to support that something caused you to be "here". While you may not know all of the variables involved in your past that led you here, the fact of the matter is that you here reading this review. This logic runs throughout this book. This is not so much a book as it is a passion for the author given the consequences that may follow if someone truly takes this on rather than forming yet another uninformed belief about whether or not human beings possess free will. Unlike other works on the subject, this is not a review of what everyone has had to say about free will; instead it proceeds step by step of how things happen whether those events "happen" in the natural or psychological world; the difference between these two worlds is fuzzy at best but if you take this book on rather than agreeing or disagreeing with the premise I think you can expect to experience changes in your world (and self) view. This work goes through not only the structure of how "things" happen but clearly goes through the consequences to one's own life and one's relationship with others if they believe in free will. The author is sincerely interested in propagating the contents of his work not in an egotistical manner but for the sake of those who are plagued by the symptoms of believing in free will. The emotional suffering caused by believing that I or anyone else could have, should have, or might have done something different in the past is not a phenomenon that needs to continue any longer....although in order to experience shifts of this kind requires more than a casual interest in the subject. There is enough information in this book to enable you to get beyond the "yes there is/no there isn't" type of discussion that characterizes most of the discussions around the subject. I found of particular interest the sections on whether or not quantum physics can play a role in our day to day coping in the world. If this review (along with other variables) causes you to buy the book and digest it then all to the good.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa05bfaf8) out of 5 stars Must read about the subject of free will. Nov. 3 2014
By R. de Looff - Published on
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Trick has done a great job explaining why free will is an illusion. I have red many books about this subject before but Trick comes with new and original ideas.
The book contains many subjects but the chapter where he discusses several interpretations of quantum mechanics is already more then worth the price. Quantum mechanics is a difficult subject, but he makes it easy to understand.
I believe the book is much better then a book like Free Will of Sam Harris. It contains more information and arguments. One difference with some other books is that it stresses that we are not passive agents, but that what we do and decide does make a difference. It is just that these are caused just like anything else in nature.
Trick makes use of pictures and drawings that illustrates his points very well. I can assure you that this book will be one of the best purchases you are caused to make.