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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.

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    Unsettling

    I've heard a lot of Sam Harris' talks. This is however the first of his books I've read. I was surprised how accessible a book on neuroscience turned out to be. Ever since I read Scott Baker's novel Neuropath the idea that our consciousness is less a process of making choices and more of a process of OBSERVING choices already made for us is both fascinating and unsettling if not outright terrifying. Freewill did a great job of explaining the ramifications of such an idea even if it was a bit short on the actual science; which I freely admit most people would probably find quite dry.

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    we are all biological computers.

    I hadn’t made up my mind immediately following this book, but its stuck with me, even after reading 3 more books since. Sam Harris destroyed my concept of free will and has caused me to re-think the human animal. It may have been my will to write this review, but it certainty wasn’t free choice that led me too it. My will is hidden in the depths of my brain, I now envision a Binary Brain and an operation system known as 'consciousness' .

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    Substantial

    Insightful, if a little short.

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    Interesting enjoyable read , just not enough of it

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    I was always comfortable with the assumption that I had Free Will, but Sam Harris' book got me to reexamine my position on the matter. Do not underestimate this short book if you've never thought about free will and the implications related to its non-existence, it can lead to serious existential questioning and angst.

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