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The Great Illusion: The Myth of Free Will, Consciousness, and the Self Paperback – April 1, 2016
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Paul Singh convincingly dethrones three great illusions people believe cherish and defend with a religious passion. These illusions are (Free will, consciousness and the self). Following in the footsteps of Bruce Hood, Antonio Damasio, Stanislas Dehaene and David Eagleman, Paul Singh unleashes a torrent of common sense coupled with the science that concur with the reality that to many seem to be completely counter intuitive.
It's time we accept the facts and learn to live with the truth of reality rather than insist upon our wishful thinking. This is one of the sidelines that Paul advances as he systematically demonstrates again and again the fallaciousness of believing in unsupported ideas that are completely unfalsifiable. This is one of the best books I have read this year and the honesty displayed is most refreshing. Paul points to his tainted past where he was one defending these very ideas, on a par with Deepak I would say. But let down after let down he started facing the truth and power of the scientific method at getting real results and he was forced to face the inescapable truth that what he was teaching was false.
Paul's background is very impressive and he is the perfect person who can deliver such a forceful rebuttal to the pseudo-science that plaque our world today, from the paranormal rubbish of Deepak to the defenders of free will who fervently defend this last foothold with such fervor it "resembles theology" as Sam Harris so astutely put it. Highly recommend this work and the author for a dose of sanity in an ocean of irrationality.
If you are seriously interested in these subjects, this is a most important book. (Fred Colcer)