I boken argumenterar han aldrig på djupet i frågan i "fria viljan" , utan enbart ytligt tankar om olika val och varför man gör dem eller inte. Inom olika områden argumenterar han begreppet av fria viljan men aldrig går in på de mer intrinsikala värdet och gå djupare in på de. Kanske han gör i andra böcker, men denna var inget bra om man vill ha djupare insikt...
En mycket välskriven och koncis bok som på ett elegant sätt redogör för det som brukar kallas "fri vilja", och hur detta kan förstås både filosofisk och vetenskapligt. Harris argumenterar övertygande för att "illusionen av fri vilja" i sig är en illusion och saknar såväl empirisk som fenomenologisk grund.
"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." -Oliver Sacks "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 is the author of the bestselling books The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, and Lying. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in over fifteen languages. Dr. Harris is cofounder and CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA. Please visit his website at SamHarris.org.