- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 1 hour and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 6, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007HI3AVY
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Free Will Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The anti-free-will argument is irrefutable is the bad sense: it carries built-in immunity to any evidence that might tend to discredit it.
I wonder if emergence offers some possibility of free will in the traditional sense. Quite different things and conditions can emerge from their components and backgrounds. A barrel made from flat boards can roll. Human consciousness emerges from physical and biological processes, along with chance. Karl Popper’s three worlds come to mind. The first is the world of physical and biological objects and processes: rocks, human and other bodies, earthquakes, and even actual printed copies of books. The second is the world of thoughts and emotions. The third is products of the human mind: music, art, the contents (not physical copies) of books, and scientific and mathematical puzzles and results, including mathematical conjectures not yet either proven or disproven. The three worlds interact. Yet the third world is totally different from the first. It is something emergent.
Even if Harris is totally correct, some consolation remains. My tastes–in food, say–have developed totally from causes and chance; yet they are my tastes, and I feel satisfaction or regret when they are gratified or disappointed. Similarly, my will is mine, regardless of what caused it; and I know that it is mine. Furthermore, it makes sense for people to engage in reading and writing and conversations, knowing and even intending that these may well modify their own and others’ wills. There is no incongruity in Sam Harris’s writing, under causal and stochastic compulsion, that he and the rest of us cannot escape such compulsion.
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