Robert Sapolsky

Determined: Life Without Free Will

22,45 €
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Robert Sapolsky

Determined: Life Without Free Will

22,45 €
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GODINA IZDANJA
2023
JEZIK IZDANJA
Engleski
NAKLADNIK / PROIZVOĐAČ
FORMAT
153 x 234 mm
BROJ STRANICA
511 stranica
UVEZ
meki uvez
MASA
0.30 kg
BARKOD
9781847925541
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In a masterful synthesis of science and philosophy, one of the world`s pre-eminent behavioural scientists demonstrates that free will is a powerful and dangerous illusion. The result is a new way to think about choice, identity, responsibility, justice, morality and how we live together. 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.

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