London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 03, 2008 -- "This remarkably straightforward short book answers many of the questions that thinking people have found difficult throughout their lives. Logic is at the core of it".
That is how academic Robin Ansell describes "As it is", the first writing experiment about philosophy by Michael Greening.
The book is the result of personal thinking about free will and causal determinism and how they affect human life today as well as over centuries of evolution. Greening concludes that free will is a myth and that existence is driven totally by chance. That by chance we evolved as humans while other creatures arrived at different destinations. As the author says, the book's aim is just "to clarify the ideas in my own mind". But why not share those thoughts with a larger audience and maybe create further reflection?
Presenting facts in a remarkably simple way, Greening is able to bring to our attention many of the worlds' most fascinating theories about human evolution. But that is just a starting point. Greening says he's always been interested in human evolvement, Darwinian theories and biology, since the origin of our "species" is relevant to the understanding of our own mind and even our future.
As Ansell states in his review of the book, logic plays a fundamental role in the way this little book unfolds, whereas the final point is that free will and emotional beliefs don't govern our lives at all. If we accept the idea that humans evolved from primitive animals, Greening poses the question "at what point did free will evolve?" and explains why this idea must be illogical.
Greening doesn't attempt to destroy anyone's existent beliefs or try to convince people about his reasoning. The book is a way of sharing thoughts and a source of reflection for anyone questioning what the core of real human nature is. The strength of this book is its simplicity and fluency. Even writing about a quite difficult subject, Greening has been able to explain his points of view using simple examples drawn from his own life and probably common to most people. The book is an interesting and elementary exercise for the mind and a clear description of a subject that is still open.