New York City, NY -- August 31, 2007

Reading A Contemorary Introduction to Free Will, by Robert Kane. It’s about how our lives are not controlled by free will but rather by present and past conditions of the universe.

Books he recommends: How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate, both by Stephen Pinker.

His book would be about the brain, how it constitutes the world we live in, how the brain is not an actual window into the world—it constructs the world for you and it doesn’t give an objective truth. Evolution doesn’t care if it gives you enlightenment. If you get enlightenment, it’s a byproduct.

Recently he read Conversations on Consciousness, by Susan Blackmore.

He studied Neuroscience and is interested in lots of issues of philosophy and the mind.

Einstein, he said, didn’t believe in free will. This helped him not to lose his temper with people and be more understanding.

Books that have helped him understand people better are books by the Dalai Lama --The Art of Happiness and The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality.

What’s great about NYC? You can eat out 24 hours a day.

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