The Illusion of Will, Self, and Time

The Illusion of Will, Self, and Time

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Discusses how William Jamesa€™s work suggests a world without will, self, or time and how research supports this perspective. William James is often considered a scientist compromised by his advocacy of mysticism and parapsychology. Jonathan Bricklin argues James can also be viewed as a mystic compromised by his commitment to common sense. James wanted to believe in will, self, and time, but his deepest insights suggested otherwise. a€œIs consciousness already there waiting to be uncovered and is it a veridical revelation of reality?a€ James asked shortly before his death in 1910. A century after his death, research from neuroscience, physics, psychology, and parapsychology is making the case, both theoretically and experimentally, that answers Jamesa€™s question in the affirmative. By separating what James passionately wanted to believe, based on common sense, from what his insights and researches led him to believe, Bricklin shows how James himself laid the groundwork for this more challenging view of existence. The non-reality of will, self, and time is consistent with Jamesa€™s psychology of volition, his epistemology of self, and his belief that Newtonian, objective, even-flowing time does not exist.Another possible objection to Jamesa#39;s paradigm is that it has a design flaw: if you are trying to witness an act of will, a€œyoua€ are occupied by ... He asked a woman who was audio taping for a new book, a€œWhat will be the name of my next book?

Title:The Illusion of Will, Self, and Time
Author: Jonathan Bricklin
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2015-06-01

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