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The Great Illusion
The Great Illusion

The Great Illusion

The Myth of Free Will, Consciousness, and the Self



276 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $17.99)

Publication Date: April 2016

ISBN 9780997054101

Rights: US & CA

Science Literacy Books (Apr 2016)


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This book presents research that supports the naturalistic stance that the mind is identical to the brain. The author argues that if one were to look at the idea that the mind is the brain then it follows logically that free will must be an illusion, that there can be no consciousness separate from the brain, and that there can be no substantial self that exists independently from the brain. He further argues that there can be no such thing as absolute moral responsibility and provides readers with the overall sense that the survival of the human species will depend on a scientific understanding of the human brain.


"I am interested to learn about the book. It's one I'm sure I'll want to read."  —Noam Chomsky

"Whether you agree or disagree with Singh's conclusions, after you have finished Singh's book you will never again think about these problems in quite the same way."  —Richard Hammerud, PhD, Professor of Philosophy at De Anza College

"The book captures the questing curiosity of earlier humanity, then conveys the astonishing feeling of sudden acceleration as science filled the slack sails, revealing at last who and what we really are. This is a marvelous, accessible contribution to the literature."  —Dale McGowan, PhD, executive director, Foundation Beyond Belief, coauthor, Parenting Beyond Belief, on Discovering Our World

Author Biography

Paul Singh is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the founder and president of Singh Global initiatives, a philanthropic organization that promotes health and science education worldwide. His lifelong passion is bringing scientific literacy to the public for the benefit of humanity and alleviating suffering caused by poverty, disease, and incurable illnesses. He is the author of Discovering Our World. He lives in Menlo Park, California.