Synopses & Reviews
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, moralityand#8212;as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievementand#8212;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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.
"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 donand#8217;t have it. Inandlt;Iandgt; Free Willandlt;/Iandgt;, Sam Harris combines neuroscience and psychology to lay this illusion to rest at last. Like all of Harrisand#8217;s books, this one will not only unsettle you but make you think deeply. Read it: you have no choice."andlt;Bandgt;and#8212;Jerry A. Coyne, Professor of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, and author of andlt;Iandgt;Why Evolution Is Trueandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt;
"In this elegant and provocative book, Sam Harris demonstratesand#8212;with great intellectual ferocity and panacheand#8212;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." andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt;and#8212;V. S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, UCSD, and author of andlt;Iandgt;The Tell-Tale Brainandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt;
"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 doesnand#8217;t exist, that weand#8217;re better off knowing that it doesnand#8217;t exist, and thatand#8212;once we think about it in the right wayand#8212;we can appreciate from our own experience that it doesnand#8217;t exist. This is a delightful discussion by one of the sharpest scholars around.and#8221; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt;and#8212;Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology, Yale University, and author of andlt;Iandgt;How Pleasure Worksandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt;
"Many say that believing that there is no free will is impossibleand#8212;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." andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt;and#8212;Owen Flanagan, Professor of Philosophy, Duke University, and author of andlt;Iandgt;The Really Hard Problemandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt;
"Brilliant and wittyand#8212;and never less than incisiveand#8212;andlt;Iandgt;Free Willandlt;/Iandgt; shows that Sam Harris can say more in 13,000 words than most people do in 100,000." andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt;and#8212;Oliver Sacksandlt;/Bandgt;
About the Author
Sam Harrisand#8217;s diversified career has run the gamut from singer and songwriter to actor on Broadway, film, and television to writer, director, and producer. His now legendary performances on TVand#8217;s Star Search led to a multi-million selling recording career. Sam has nine studio CDs to his credit and has toured the world in concert, played The White House, Carnegie Hall, with the Boston Pops and with Cyndi Lauperand#8217;s True Colors tour. He is also a Tony nominated Broadway star, (The Life, Grease, The Producers) and starred in numerous off-Broadway productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Hair, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, The Jazz Singer and The First Wives Club. Sam was a series regular on the CBS series, The Class, and has appeared on numerous television shows as an actor and also a popular talk show guest on everything from Leno to Oprah to Fallon. Behind the scenes, he created and co-wrote the TBS television series, Down to Earth, the musical Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood!, and Lizaand#8217;s Back at the Palace, (which won the Tony Award), co-produced the television special Love Letter to New York, and wrote and directed the concert event New York's Finest. He now adds author to his long list of accomplishments with the release of his first book: Ham: Slices of a Life, a collection of essays and stories published by Simon and Schuster. Sam lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Danny, and their child, Cooper. For more information, please visit: SamHarris.com and Facebook.com/SamFans.