For our October meeting we will be discussing two books: Free Will by Sam Harris & Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga.
Free Will (Amazon product description):
A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.
In this enlightening book, Sam Harris argues that this truth about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.
Who’s In Charge? (From back cover):
There is no "you" consciously making decisions. So how do we make decisions? How can we have free will if we don't pull the levers on our own behavior? What moral and legal implications follow if we don't have free will? Who's in Charge? is a primer for a new era in the understanding of human behavior that ranges across neuroscience, psychology, ethics, and the law with a light touch but profound implications.
Our future reading list is:
November: Rock, Paper, Scissors by Len Fisher
December: Long for This World by Jonathan Weiner
January: The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan