Description : Anyone who has wondered if free will is just an illusion or has asked 'could I have chosen otherwise?' after performing some rash deed will find this book an absorbing discussion of an endlessly fascinating subject. Daniel Dennett, whose previous books include Brainstorms and (with Douglas Hofstadter) The Mind's I, tackles the free will problem in a highly original and witty manner, drawing on the theories and concepts of several fields usually ignored by philosophers; not just physics and evolutionary biology, but engineering, automata theory, and artificial intelligence. In Elbow Room, Dennett shows how the classical formulations of the problem in philosophy depend on misuses of imagination, and he disentangles the philosophical problems of real interest from the family of anxieties' they get enmeshed in - imaginary agents, bogeymen, and dire prospects that seem to threaten our freedom. Putting sociobiology in its rightful place, he concludes that we can have free will and science too. Elbow Room begins by showing how we can be "moved by reasons" without being exempt from physical causation. It goes on to analyze concepts of control and self-control-concepts often skimped by philosophers but which are central to the questions of free will and determinism. A chapter on "self-made selves" discusses the idea of self or agent to see how it can be kept from disappearing under the onslaught of science. Dennett then sees what can be made of the notion of acting under the idea of freedomdoes the elbow room we think we have really exist? What is an opportunity, and how can anything in our futures be "up to us"? He investigates the meaning of "can" and "could have done otherwise," and asks why we want free will in the first place. We are wise, Dennett notes, to want free will, but that in itself raises a host of questions about responsibility. In a final chapter, he takes up the problem of how anyone can ever be guilty, and what the rationale is for holding people responsible and even, on occasion, punishing them."
Description : Set on a misty remote island in the Gulf of Alaska, a young couple struggles to establish roots on the rugged mountainous terrain of a small fishing community. From humorous fishing excursions and frightening bear encounters to snow blinding blizzards and quirky characters, they come face to face with the unpredictable Mother Nature and learn the value of friendship, survival, and solitude in a picturesque but harsh life by the sea. Packed with adventures, challenges, and true Alaskan lifestyle.
Description : W. Avery Hancock is back with his sophomore novel Elbow Room part 2. This Maryland based suspense filled drama will reconnect you back into the lives of retired state trooper Wordell Hawkins and his veterinarian wife Traci; along with the once promiscuous teen turned Minister Antoinette "Toni" Kelly and her best friend (Wordell's daughter) Sheila and the rest of the Hawkins family. Hang on for another crazy ride of the Elbow Room Series where Chino, a notorious murderer and drug dealer is back to antagonize Wordell's family in his attempt to bring Wordell down. Prince Georges County, Maryland has never been so drama filled before Hancock implanted Elbow Room The Series, making it one of the most talked about books in Maryland.
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Description : An unsuccessful songwriter/poet dedicated his spare time and efforts to writing short stories with hopes of producing a story intriguing enough to lift the readers' eyebrows. His debut novel "Elbow Room" will keep you wondering what's next? With the off the wall characters that'll take you on a journey through their lives and maybe even yours...