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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A wonderful book that advances the counter-intuitive idea that f

A wonderful book that advances the counter-intuitive idea that free will is an illusion. This book will garner some negative opinions because it contradicts humanity's common sense view that each person is a completely free agent. And nowhere on Earth is this view held ...
A wonderful book that advances the counter-intuitive idea that free will is an illusion. This book will garner some negative opinions because it contradicts humanity's common sense view that each person is a completely free agent. And nowhere on Earth is this view held more sacred than in the United States with its history of rugged individualism and personal responsibility. This makes Sam Harris' *Free Will* all the more important.

At less than 100 pages it seems a bit silly to refer to *Free Will* as an enormously important read, but it wouldn't be silly in the slightest to say so. *Free Will* explains why we think we have free will and why that conception of our agency is wrong. I can think of nothing more central to the way we live our lives than this mistaken belief. Fortunately, changing our understanding of free will wouldn't change the way we live our lives except in important subtle ways, and Harris explains this in his book as well.

I would also recommended reading Malcolm Gladwell's *Outliers*, which brings Harris' argument to life with deftly told stories that amuse as much as they inform.

posted by Stuff_and_Nonsense on March 25, 2012

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Rather Disappointing

This long essay would have benefitted greatly has Harris actually defined the common sense notion of free will that he was trying to take apart. Instead he seemed to be continually beating the same straw dog with the same stick.

I also find his argument, though cohere...
This long essay would have benefitted greatly has Harris actually defined the common sense notion of free will that he was trying to take apart. Instead he seemed to be continually beating the same straw dog with the same stick.

I also find his argument, though coherent, unconvincing and inadequate. This is disappointing considering that the "common sense" and publically held notions of free will clearly need to be abandoned.

posted by 5577258 on March 19, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    The sample for this book ends with the dedication page ("fo

    The sample for this book ends with the dedication page ("for Hitch"). Without a little more to go on, I think I'll read Hume instead.

    (This happens a lot with Nook samples... When will you guys monitor samples for substance?)

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    Posted March 6, 2012

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