Determined

- The Science of Life Without Free Will

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  • Bog, hardback
  • Engelsk
  • 528 sider

Beskrivelse

One of the world's greatest scientists of human behaviour, the bestselling author of Behave, shows that free will does not exist - and challenges us to rethink the notions of choice, identity, responsibility, justice, morality and how we live together.

'One of the best scientist-writers of our time' OLIVER SACKS

'Moving, absorbing, compassionate' OLIVER BURKEMAN, Observer

Behind every thought, action and experience there lies a chain of biological and environmental causes, stretching back from the moment a neuron fires to the dawn of our species and beyond. Nowhere in this infinite sequence is there a place where free will could play a role.

Without free will, it makes no more sense to punish people for antisocial behaviour than it does to scold a car for breaking down. It is no one's fault they are poor or overweight or unsuccessful, nor do people deserve praise for their talent or hard work; 'grit' is a myth. This mechanistic view of human behaviour challenges our most powerful instincts, but history suggests that we have already made great strides toward it: where once we saw demonic possession or cowardice, for example, now we diagnose illness or trauma and offer help.

Determined confronts us with our true nature: who and what we are is biology and nothing more. Disturbing and liberating in equal measure, it explores the far-reaching implications for society of accepting this reality. Monumentally difficult as it may be, the reward will be a far more just and humane world.

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

‘Utterly fascinating … with mind-boggling implications’ FRANS DE WAAL

'Wonderfully readable ... humorous and warm and humane' Justin Webb, Today (BBC Radio 4)

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Detaljer
  • SprogEngelsk
  • Sidetal528
  • Udgivelsesdato19-10-2023
  • ISBN139781847925534
  • Forlag The Bodley Head ltd.
  • FormatHardback
Størrelse og vægt
  • Vægt779 g
  • Dybde4,5 cm
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    10 cm
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    16,2 cm
    24 cm

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