Published: 02/09/2011
ISBN: 9781848767584
eISBN: 9781780889191
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You Cannot Change The Way You Are
(Determinism for Beginners)
by Michael Greening

This book is not about an idea, a theory, an argument or even ‘a philosophy’. It explains, in simple terms, why irrefutable logic will always reach the conclusion that human beings are not in charge of their own lives. Although some readers will realise that this must be so, many of those same people will find it almost impossible to come to terms with that truth. The book goes on to suggest the reasons for this. It also points out that those of us able to accept that we have no free will, will discover liberation from anger, envy, fear and guilt – and so be able to live less stressful lives.

‘This is a short and highly readable book about a subject that should interest everyone who thinks about the meaning of life and the dilemma of human destiny and responsibility’. Professor Susan Blackmore – writer and broadcaster (including psychologist on ‘Big Brother’ TV Show)

‘This good-natured book takes a common-sense approach to a complicated problem. Essentially it says “The world is deterministic: everyone’s actions are pre-ordained by the mechanical playing-out of the consequences of physical laws” Therefore the idea that people have free will is wrong. People do not live outside the ordinary laws of physics. Free Will is an illusion. Greening infers real-life implications from this analysis. Having thought little about the Free Will question until now, I found this a lively and engaging book.’

Richard Wrangham – Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University. Leading authority on Apes and author of books on evolution

‘This book is a clear and entertaining introduction to the idea of Determinism.’ Richard Osborne – Philosopher. Author of many books including worldwide bestseller Philosophy for Beginners

As an anthropologist, I was delighted to encounter this honest little book. It made me examine my own world view, and my assumptions, in a way I found both refreshing and enlightening. I can recommend it as an interesting read.' Simon Bearder – Primateologist. Professor of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University

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