While the author’s previous book on the matter, Exploring the Illusion of Free Will, Second Edition, is a popular work, this brief discourse is decidedly and robustly academic. The audiobook focuses exclusively on the physical refutation of the free will construct, concurrently addressing claims that because we are human, our choices are somehow exempt from physical law. It also delves deeply into quantum mechanical principles and phenomena relevant to the free will question, siding with Einstein, Bohm, Hawking, Krauss, and others regarding the causal nature of both the macro and quantum world.
The refutations presented hopefully describe the physical evidence against free will with sufficient strength and clarity to win over more hitherto agnostic minds than have earlier attempts by other authors. The audiobook’s original contributions to the literature on human agency are that it presents an a priori argument for the causality that refutes free will and that it not only challenges recent published warnings of dangerous repercussions from abandoning belief in free will, but it also presents a convincing argument for humanity evolving beyond a notion of free choice that seems the catalyst for more harm than good.
The author presents evidence associating the psychological defense mechanism known as “denial” with free will belief and proposes that a belief in human autonomy’s correlate of fundamental moral responsibility amplifies the widespread denial of the existence and anthropogenic origin of a climate change crisis that, unless successfully mitigated, many prominent scientists fear poses a serious threat to the civilization we know.