"In this elegant and provocative book, Sam Harris demonstrates—with great intellectual ferocity and panache—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."
—V. S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, UCSD, and author of The Tell-Tale Brain
"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 don’t have it. In Free Will, Sam Harris combines neuroscience and psychology to lay this illusion to rest at last. Like all of Harris’s books, this one will not only unsettle you but make you think deeply. Read it: you have no choice."—Jerry A. Coyne, Professor of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, and author of Why Evolution Is True
"Many say that believing that there is no free will is impossible—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."
—Owen Flanagan, Professor of Philosophy, Duke University, and author of The Really Hard Problem
"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 doesn’t exist, that we’re better off knowing that it doesn’t exist, and that—once we think about it in the right way—we can appreciate from our own experience that it doesn’t exist. This is a delightful discussion by one of the sharpest scholars around.”
—Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology, Yale University, and author of How Pleasure Works
Sam Harris's diversified career has run the gamut from multi-million-selling singer and songwriter to Tony-nominated actor to writer, director, and producer.See all Editorial Reviews
Sam Harris makes a lot of hair splitting arguments that do not make this book an enjoyable read. He has a way with words and is very convincing, but doing the work, you will find... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kage
Sam Harris makes some cogent arguments for the non existence of free will. At times he seems baffled by his own reasoning, knowing that we don't consciously control our moment by... Read morePublished 12 days ago by William E. Schenck
But it sure feels like I did. While I feel free to write whatever I choose, the text being input is a result, at some fundamental level, of my genome, my upbringing, every book... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Peter J. Mattei
A very interesting approach into the concept of Free Will.
if approaching to this complicated subject with objectivity, it is hard to give in to the natural common instinct to... Read more
I guess asking you to please "shut up" will make little difference?Published 1 month ago by Stanley B. Klein
Well written and argued, but if you really want to go deeper into this topic i suggest to get the book "Essay on the Freedom of the Will" by Schopenhauer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luiz S
Short book, but very insightful. Sam Harris is without a doubt a genius!Published 1 month ago by Henry