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This book presents research that supports the naturalistic stance that the mind is identical to the brain. The author argues that if one were to look at the idea that the mind is the brain, then it follows logically that free will must be an illusion, that there can be no consciousness separate from the brain, and that there can be no substantial self that exists independently from the brain. He further argues that there can be no such thing as absolute moral responsibility and provides listeners with the overall sense that the survival of the human species will depend on a scientific understanding of the human brain.
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- Bruce Marsh
I’ve never listened to anything this bad!
I’ve been listening to Audible for eight happy years and confess that I’ve not previously written a review. However I felt compelled to warn listeners away from this recording. I found myself outraged by the claims of the author, belittling “short sighted” and “naive” people who believe in things such as religion and the afterlife, and instead proposing an agenda of “there’s no such thing as free will” simply because no-one has proven it exists. Utter waffle proposed by a snake oil salesman trying to sell a book that contains no useful thoughts or insight. Avoid.
The recording is made even worse by the android like voice of the narrator.
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- Amazon Customer
Tackles Straw Men
The author builds straw men arguments and tackles them passionately. The author assumes naturalism to prove free will doesn't exist, rather than showing evidence that naturalism is sufficient to explain human actions. I'm guessing there are well-written books arguing against free will, but this isn't one of them.
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- Rocky Anunnaki
best book I've ever heard you have to own this
the best book I've ever heard you must own this book
it's soo amazing I love it!
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