Determined

a science of life without free will
Robert M Sapolsky
Book - 2023

"One of our great behavioral scientists plumbs the depths of the science and philosophy of decision-making to mount a devastating case against free will, an argument with profound consequences. Robert Sapolsky's "Behave," his now classic account of why humans do good and why they do bad, pointed toward an unsettling conclusion: We may not grasp the precise marriage of nature and nurture that creates the physics and chemistry at the base of human behavior, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Now, in "Determined," Sapolsky takes his argument all the way, mounting a brilliant (and in his inimitable way, delightful) full-frontal assault on the pleasant fantasy that there is some separate self telling our biology what to do. This book offers a marvelous synthesis of what we know about how consciousness works--the tight weave between reason and emotion and between stimulus and response in the moment and over a life. One by one, Sapolsky tackles all the major arguments for free will and takes them out, cutting a path through the thickets of chaos and complexity science and quantum physics, as well as touching ground on some of the wilder shores of philosophy. He shows us that the history of medicine is in no small part the history of learning that fewer and fewer things are somebody's "fault"; for example, for centuries we thought seizures were a sign of demonic possession. Yet, as he acknowledges, it's very hard, and at times impossible, to uncouple from our zeal to judge others and to judge ourselves. Sapolsky applies the new understanding of life beyond free will to some of our most essential questions around punishment, morality, and living well together. By the end, Sapolsky argues that while living our daily lives recognizing that we have no free will is going to be monumentally difficult, doing so is not going to result in anarchy, pointlessness, and existential malaise. Instead, it will make for a much more humane world"--

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Main Author: Sapolsky, Robert M. (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Penguin Press, 2023.
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505 0 |a Turtles all the way down -- The final three minutes of a movie -- Where does intent come from? -- Willing willpower : the myth of grit -- A primer on chaos -- Is your free will chaotic? -- A primer on emergent complexity -- Does your free will just emerge? -- A primer on quantum indeterminacy -- Is your free will random? -- Interlude -- Will we run Amok? -- The ancient gears within us : how does change happen? -- We really have done this before -- The joy of punishment -- If you die poor. 
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