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... show more
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.
Publish date: 6 marca 2012
Publisher: Free Press
Pages no: 96
Edition language: English
An interesting book that gives insight into the concept of free will.
Sam Harris writes "You are not in control of your mind - because you, as a conscious agent, are only part of your mind, living at the mercy of other parts. You can do what you decide to do - but you cannot decide what you will decide to do."If I believed this I would run down the street screaming. O...
Free will is only an illusion. It's a scary concept to think about, but with a little reflection, it's not. This book isn't trying to say that the world doesn't exist and its just a figment of your mind. But it just makes you think about the concepts of 'free will' and how many things get attributed...
There's some food for thought in here, but ultimately, I don't think Harris convinced me of his argument. It seems willfully narrow, and though I agree that I can't know where my impulses and desires come from exactly, that doesn't necessarily mean I don't choose what to do with them.
I am an agnostic which means I am firm in my belief that I have no idea what to believe. I don't know what is true and what isn't and no one, no matter how strong your faith, or how strong your lack of faith is.....you don't know either. You don't know what happens to you after you die. You pretty ...