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    DescriptionThe physiologist Benjamin Libet famously demonstrated that activity in the brain's motor regions can be detected some 300 milliseconds before a person feels that he has decided to move. Another lab recently used fMRI data to show that some "conscious" decisions can be predicted up to 10 seconds before they enter awareness (long before the preparatory motor activity detected by Libet). Clearly, findings of this kind are difficult to reconcile with the sense that one is the conscious source of one's actions. The question of free will is no mere curio of philosophy seminars. A belief in free will underwrites both the religious notion of "sin" and our enduring commitment to retributive justice. The Supreme Court has called free will a "universal and persistent" foundation for our system of law. Any scientific developments that threatened our notion of free will would seem to put the ethics of punishing people for their bad behaviour in question.In Free Will Harris debates these ideas and asks whether or not, given what brain science is telling us, we actually have free will?

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    Free Will
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sam Harris
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 136 g
    ISBN 13: 9781451683400
    ISBN 10: 1451683405

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    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
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    Libri: WILL2500, WOLL5000, ETHI5046, MORA2000
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    LC classification: BJ1461 .H2785 2012
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    Edition statement
    Trade Paperback.
    Imprint name
    The Free Press
    Publication date
    03 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Sam Harris's diversified career has run the gamut from multi-million-selling singer and songwriter to Tony-nominated actor to writer, director, and producer.
    Review quote
    "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"