Title: Free Will
Author: Sam Harris
Genre: Nonfiction, Psychology, Philosophy
Publisher: Free Press
Goodreads Synopsis: “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.“
MY RATING: 5 Starts
First of all, this book is seriously small, so don’t expect a George Martin type of book lenght out of it (eh, kidding, just wanted to joke around a lil)… now for real, this book has 65 pages, I thought it had 86 cause that’s what they are selling this book for, BUT it is only 65 pages, if I’m mad at it ? no I’m not…
Sam Harris is an author that I wanted to read a book of for ages now, I read “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins and I started reading by the same author “Science in the Soul” and in both of the books the author talks about Sam Harris and his work, not just that ! While I was searching for more books like Richard’s ones I found a ton of books written by Sam Harris and I thought”why not ?” so I ordered “Free Will” cause I really wanted to give it a try.
“Free Will” is literally about free will… look it is not just a title ok ? the author wrote the whole book about free will and what people think free will is. The author talks about the fact of us thinking that we are free, that we make our own decisions, that we decide wether we should drink coffee or tea when we wake up every morning, he talks about us thinking that that’s our decision, drinking coffee or tea while it’s really just not ! He talks about the way our brain functions, he talks about people who murder people and are not necessarily doing that because they are free to do it… look this book is so good I don’t think I can explain to you what this is about, because it is only about free will, but while reading it it is just so much more than that !
This is a seriously well written book and I am now a fan of Sam Harris ! He’s type of writing is really similar to Richard Dawkins type of writing but lighter if you know what I mean… you can easily read this book in the minimum time possible because it is easy to read, it is sooooo interesting and so “fast paced” if that’s possible in a nonfiction book… look just go and read it cause I can’t explain it better than Sam Harris really.
I recommend this book to everyone, even if nonfiction is not your cup of tea ? even if you think you’ll not like this book ? just read it really, it has literally 65 pages, it is only 65 pages long, why not ? give it a shot and I’m sure you’ll not regret it ! Besides guys, it’s not expensive at all, and if you think it is ? It is actually totally worth the money, every penny !