- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 500 KB
- Print Length: 200 pages
- Publisher: I. M. Probulos (18 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HJ8XJ5E
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I think that if education can be given without religious superstition, the majority of people will become determinists because they will understand that cause and effect is required for all science and philosophy.
I will recommend this book to atheists mostly because a Christian would just get angry and stop reading it as soon as they found out an atheist wrote it.
Since I am also atheist, I find this book very straight and to the point. Free will looks like nothing more than a religious teaching which is used to justify eternal torture in hell.
A loving god, if he existed, would not have allowed sickness and mental illnesses that cause us to do things we don't want to do.
And even when we are doing what we want to do, there are infinite causes in the past that led to us wanting to do it! That is the basic reason free will is impossible. Books like this one just help us to understand what some of those causes are.
Wait this doesn't make much sense, yet this is what this book is trying to tell you.
The author actual tells his readers that once you know you don't have free will you must act as if you do have free will but does not really tell us how one acts as if he has free will when he does not have free will.
Could slave owners have acted differently? No, so why don't we still have slaves? Oh that's right, we don't have free will to have not stopped slavery.
There are millions of stories in the world of people who lived in circumstances that led them to commit atrocious acts and yet in a moment their lives changed and they become good loving people who dedicated their lives to helping others. Three that come to mind are Johnny Cash, Dwayne (The Dog) Chapman and Nicky Cruz (Run Baby Run). This type of change defies the idea that we don't have free will as well as the idea that there is no entity that exists outside of ourselves that can transform lives. The only thing the author has proven is that this entity ultimately does not transform every persons life and it may be possible that those people are the ones who chose out of free will not to accept the source of transformation.
After originally giving this book a rating of one star I decided that this was not right and changed it to 3 stars. Although I still feel the author is completely wrong about free will being an illusion as I think many of his arguments are not well thought out, I also found myself looking up a lot of the material that is referenced in the book and found some of it to be very interesting. So I would recommend buying this book and also some of the other books he talks about, even though you really don't have a choice about it anyways.