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The Myth Of Free Will

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Illuminating, uplifting and lighthearted, the third edition of THE MYTH OF FREE WILL expands on the powerful ideas in the first edition by offering 50 more pages of quotes and short essays on free will. The contents are divided into six chapters: 1) But It Seems So Real! 2) The Myth & Causality 3) The Myth & Morality 4) The Myth & the Brain 5) The Myth & Naturalism 6) The ...more
Paperback, Revised & Expanded Edition, 140 pages
Published August 11th 2010 by Cafe Conversations
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Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Myth of Free Will by Cris Evatt

The Myth of Free Will by Cris Evatt is a collection of brief thought-provoking essays from prominent experts and freethinkers regarding the myth that is free will. This short book is surprisingly lighthearted even uplifting yet profound and was exactly what I was hoping it would be. A succinct book that answers the most important questions about free will. This book is like a seed of knowledge that once planted in your brain leads you to other evolving branche
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started out convinced that people have free will, and by the time I finished reading this book, I was unconvinced! Of course, it all depends on your definition of terms. The book is very much based in modern science. The author, who includes not only her own thinking, but also excerpts from the writings of many scientists and phiosophers, makes a good case. I was particularly interested in her point that discounting the myth of free will and accepting that people's actions are caused by forces ...more
Mary Deal
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Myth of Free Will by Cris Evatt contains lots of controversial topics and philosophies. This book struck home with me because it mirrors how I feel. That is, we are the sum total of all that we have experienced to this immediately point in time in our personal lives. Therefore, what people call free will isn't free at all, but based on our own past experiences and how they have formed us to use what is called our "free will." As I said, it's controversial, but rang true to me. ...more
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Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-library
I agree with the author but was hoping for a more in-depth argument rather than a collection of disconnected essays.
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Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Not quite as careful as Clark's pamphlet, but insightful and persuasive. ...more
Michael Anderson
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Interesting in places, but very disjointed, repetitive, and the author's writing style much too "bubbly". It was difficult to get through. ...more
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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This an interesting short summary of the writings of a variety of thought leaders on why free will doesn't exist. Good summary, but lacking detail. ...more
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