Sam Harris on “Free Will”

SAM HARRIS IS THE AUTHOR of the New Work Times bestsellers, The Moral Landscape, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. His new book is short (96) pages, to the point, and will change the way we all view free will, as Oliver Sacks wrote: “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.” UCSD neuroscientist V.S, Ramachandran notes: “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.”

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  • Abhishek ji

    everything happens as per the will of god, you morons

  • Abhishek ji

    i am happy to see that sam harris uses a mac. though i never had enough money to purchase anything apple, but still i love apple.

  • Abusive Narcissist

    Sam Harris is an intellectual god.

  • Kelt Dockins

    This is one of the more confusing Sam Harris talks I've watched. Very interesting topic though… it would have been nice to hear more evidence besides deductive logic reasoning and the EKG test.

  • Roger Clough

    the uncertainty principle outlaws determinism.

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  • Zach Vandermeer

    Laughable. You can deny the existence of will and choice, which, drawn out to its logical conclusion, means that the Agent who is said to Will and to Choose (the autonomous Self) is entirely irrelevant, which practically speaking is the equivalent of non-existence, and yet still argue for ethics! Absurd. How do you have morality absent moral agency? How do you have intelligence absent intellectual agency? Scientific determinism is proof that scientists shouldn't be within a thousand miles of philosophy. Once Sam can provide a metaphysic which does not collapse under the weight of its own contradictions then maybe I'll consider him more than just another articulate pseudo-intellectual turned polemic.

  • Zach Vandermeer

    If you follow his arguments beyond the ostensible you can easily see that what Sam is really arguing is that there is no such thing as thought because there is no such thing as the individual (autonomous) Self which thinks. That the human mind is a product of what is in essence merely an effect in an infinite string of cause and effect. Which is entirely specious reasoning. If cause and effect is infinite then it cannot be qualified nor quantified, and therefore how do you make the distinction between "cause and effect"–the determining process–and those specific things which are said to be caused and effected?
    Science is scientific, but not necessarily rational. He conflates science with reason, which is one reason why he is such a dreadfully poor philosopher.

  • Ton Bil

    What is your comment on my reasoning, please? Like all things abstract – think of such things like freedom, warmth, life and that "you" that Harris talks about – the CONCEPT is real, and needed to make sense of life. A reductionist philosophy is not able to resolve the issue of free will, because reduction to atoms and genes and all that does not enable us to work with the reality of concepts. Free will, then, may be an emergent property of the human existence, for which we need something different than a reductionist approach.

  • Lloyd Dettering

    Sam, in your book "Free Will", you quote Joshua Komisarjevsky, a career criminal, as claiming to have been stunned by his own behavior and that he had not consciously intended to kill anyone. As you've said 'such details might begin to give us pause'. In the Wikipedia biography of "Dr. Jose Manuel Rodriguez Delgado, a Spanish professor of physiology at Yale University, famed for his research on mind control through electrical stimulation of the brain", in Reference #9, "Delgado later learned he could duplicate the results he got with the stimoceiver without any implants at all, using only specific types of electromagnetic radiation interacting with the brain. He lamented he didn't have access to the technology when (General) Franco (of Spain) was in power, as it would have allowed him to control the dictator at a distance". Do you realize that the one (or all) of the US government police agencies (NSA, CIA, FBI, who knows) now has the ability to see and hear whatever anybody is doing or saying (alien technology? So are drones), and might have been responsible for the murders of the wife and dauhters of Dr. William Petit through Komisarjevsky (guns don't kill people as they say. People kill people with guns) as an experiment in mind control? The Reference #9 has now been removed, perhaps because I have suffered much at their hands and they don't want me to show this to anyone else. No one (especially the local police) will believe me. I now wear an all-steel helmet which blocks or absorbs the EMR, though they attack other parts of my body (not really effectively. It's my head they want). They have been trying to kill me for 6 years now. They killed my wife in 2008 and 2 healthy dogs in 2015 by induced heart attacks. The heart goes through a contract/relax cycle normally. They contract the heart for long periods until you're dead. This is how Andrew Brietbart was murdered (at first, a few minor attacks causing him to see his doctor about his heart, establishing a history, that established then the full force, and as a result he died). They do the same with the lower sphincture muscle of the intestine causing the feces to back up and you can't excrete, causing your health to deteriorate (meanwhile, your breath stinks of feces). If you're a diabetic on Insulin, regardless of how strict you follow the doctor's orders, you wake up to find your blood sugar reading sky-high. They attack the endocrine system, depleting your glands of their fluids. So, when you're really in a poor condition because your endocrine system no longer protects you, along comes the Trudeau Liberal government to offer you Doctor-Assisted Suicide and the doctors know nothing of what had been done to you. Canada's pensioners are living too long, costing, if they have long-term illnesses, too much. So, the government saves a bundle on pension and healthcare costs. Don't beleve me? Just Google, "Who are the members of Maple Group Acquisition Corp. (now TMX Group Ltd.)? The banks control governments at every level in Canada (Federal, Provincial and Municipal). Pehaps the Judiciary as well. The police? Certainly!(when anyone joins the Liberals or Conservatives they are vetted for how likely they are to 'play ball', if they want to run for office).The banks own or control stockbrokerages. The pension funds do NOT. The banks have insider information on how well or poorly a company is doing financially. The pension funds do NOT. Guess who is going to be told to buy or sell what the banks or their wealthy clients want to sell or buy? I'm sure the same thing is happening in the US. Maybe the other 3 eyes-inthe-sky countries (UK, Australia and New Zealand) as well.