Critique of Sam Harris’ book Free Will – Conclusion – Anti-hierarchy

Summary: Harris repeatedly commits the fallacy of hierarchical inversion, which consists of denying a concept or idea on which one’s own argument rests. This fallacy is committed with respect to concepts such as “science,” and with respect to the very descriptions he provides of the experiments supposedly proving that free will is an illusion.

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Critique of Sam Harris’ book Free Will – Part 2 – Sleepwalking

Summary: Harris mischaracterizes choice – describing it only in terms of the split second the choice is made instead of identifying all the thinking, planning and goal-setting preceding it. This narrow lens on free will is used by Harris to assert that man is essentially sleepwalking, making choices and taking actions for which there is […]

Critique of Sam Harris’ book Free Will – Part 1 – Man as Robot

Summary: The book Free Will, by Sam Harris (2012), rejects the validity of free will and proposes that man is an automaton whose every thought and action is determined by his brain neurology. In this and following posts, the fallacies in his argument will be identified, the most basic of which is an arbitrary assertion […]

Intellectuals do not believe in free will

If you have been reading the posts presented here, you will have seen that the leading arguments against free will have been sympathetically presented, and answered one by one. You may recall that free will was argued to be so fundamental to any argument, discussion, or train of thought that it cannot be denied without […]