'Trick Slattery

'Trick Slattery is the author of Breaking the Free Will Illusion for the Betterment of Humankind. He's an author, philosopher, artist, content creator, and entrepreneur. He has loved and immersed himself in philosophy since he was teenager. It is his first and strongest passion. Throughout the years he has built a philosophy based on analytic logic and critical thinking. Some of the topics he is most interested in are of a controversial variety, but his passion for the topics and their importance drives him to want to express these ideas to others. His other passions include pen and ink line art and digital artwork.

May 302014

I wrote a guest post on A Tippling Philosopher and I thank Jonathan for having me. The post talks about the dangers of free will and gives a few reasons why we are better off abandoning the belief in it. Take a look here:

Losing the Belief in Free Will is for the Best

(click on above link to go to the guest post)

I met Jonathan, owner of the Tippling Philosopher blog, and author of a number of interesting books, a few years back while on facebook. I explained to him I was in the process of writing my book on the lack of free will. He had written his own book on the free will debate titled: Free Will? An investigation into whether we have free will, or whether I was always going to write this book. Of course I downloaded it to my Kindle and read it at that time. I found he shares many of the same philosophical understandings surrounding the topic.

If you are looking for an excellent understanding of the three primary compatibilist, libertarian, and determinist views of free will, this book is an excellent read that goes over many of the common philosophical arguments for each.

Now that my book is out it’s great that people like Jonathan are willing to support my philosophical endeavors by having me guest post (and he’s going to read my book and review it too). Us un-free-will-ists need to stick together. This is about educating people on this important topic, and the more people doing so the better.

It’s best to build communities by networking with others who hold this understanding.


May 212014

Now I just need to promote it!

That’s right, my ebook Breaking the Free Will Illusion for the Betterment of Humankind is finally out on Amazon! Woooohooo! This is a milestone for me. It’s currently only in ebook (Kindle) format, but that will eventually change as a physical book is built.

By the way, did you know you don’t need a Kindle eReader to read Kindle books from Amazon? You can use apps for your iPad or iPhone, or even download a Kindle Reading App to you computer and read them there (there is also a Kindle cloud reader which allows you to read them right in your browser)! There are also apps for other smartphones and tablets as well! So even if you don’t have a Kindle eReader (personally, I like the ones with e-ink technology – better than reading a physical book any day!)

If anyone would like to review the book on their blog let me know and I’ll send out a review copy of the ebook. I’m also looking for Amazon reviews as right now the ebook is in no-mans-land (meaning it might as well be sitting in the middle of a desert or floating around in space next to Russell’s Teapot). I’ll be doing a book promotion and an “official” launch shortly to get things going on the book.

Anyway, please do check it out at the link below! And if you left me a wonderful Amazon review send me an email and let me know!  I want to thank you personally for your support!

I’ve also been putting up some neat “no free will” products here for anyone interested in spreading the meme that there is no free will.

May 062014

I know I haven’t really said anything profound on this blog as of yet. I’ve basically been using it as a status update on my book and this site. Eventually, it will get to a point where I’ll be adding real content to my blog posts, but for now this is all I have time for.  My breaking the free will illusion book is going to be out on Amazon Kindle any time now. It’ll start as a Kindle only book, but eventually there’ll be a hard copy version as well. There are certain reasons I think ebooks should be a primary focus, especially for a philosophical topic such as this. And Amazon has a program called KDP select which really will be useful in initially promoting the book.

I also revamped the look of this website once again and adjusted the cover of my soon to be released book. I thought the last one seemed a bit too dark and perhaps somber, so I lightened things up quite a bit. Understanding that free will is an illusion is much brighter and happier experience, so the book cover had to correlate with that. I also made the text much bolder so it shows up better as a thumbnail. Here’s the much improved cover:


Notice the logo on it. I’m also creating a brand to help promote the understanding that free will is an illusion. I wanted the brand logo to be simple, easy to remember, all one color, and representative of the breaking of the free will illusion. Here’s the brand design I decided on:


The three smaller circles represent supposed “viable option”, the inside medium sized circle represents the “willer”, and of course the large thicker circle with the line represents the breaking of the illusion. This symbol is the perfect representation to say that you don’t believe in free will, so it’s the “brand” logo for my book or any other “no free will” products I create to support this extremely important understanding.  There are a number of ways to get information to people, and I think they all should be used. Creating a brand around an idea or concept is one way to spread that idea and concept that shouldn’t be overlooked.

And since I’m an artist as well as a philosopher, it only makes sense to use all of my talents for the causes I find important. I have many plans in the works to hopefully be able to devote more and more time to my philosophy and artwork. These are, after all, my true passions — with philosophy being #1 on my list simply because I want to make a difference in the world, and art being #2.

If you think you might be interested in the topic of free will (the lack of) – subscribe to my infrequent mailing list in the sidebar.



Mar 122014

I have someone proofing / editing my book as I type this. I’m excited to get the book (Breaking the Free Will Illusion for the Betterment of Humankind) out very soon! Right now I’m illustrating some key points and some fun ones as well. Here is a sampler of one of the illustrations that has to do with the nature of causal events (the cute round figure) and acausal events (the crazy eyed pointy figure “popping” into existence).

7-5-cause_and acausal_b_or_c-TRICK_SLATTERY

Of course the book explains what the picture is addressing,  but this is just to give you an idea about some of the imagery the book will contain within it. I’ll probably be displaying some further illustrations on this blog as I go along. After all, I’m not just a philosopher and writer, but an illustrator and graphic designer as well.
Once I go over the editing with a fine toothed comb, I’ll be ready to add in my illustrations and place my book on Amazon.com. I’ve decided that ebook format is really the future and the way I want to go. Initially it will only be available on Amazon in Kindle format (which a number of different ereaders, devices, and computers can read), but later there will be a hardcopy book as well. After some time on Amazon I may decide to place the book in other formats also, but for at least 90 days the book will be exclusive to Amazon.

So stay tuned to the progress of the book by subscribing to this blog, or connect with me on twitter or other social media connections.

Oct 182013

I’ve recreated the cover of my book and revamped my website. Yes, I’m still editing it. It’s taking a long time as I’m quite the perfectionist. I’m thinking I will have to let a few things go in regards to wording if I’m ever to get my book out to the world (at least for the first edition)! As you might know, I’m not only a writer of philosophy, but I’m also an artist (see TricksPlace.com), a WordPress site builder / designer, a freelancer, and a entrepreneur (I always have a project going on). I don’t write my books full-time for a living (though would love to as they are my passion…along with my art that is).

That being said, I’m also looking to illustrate parts of my book, another time consuming objective if I get to it. We’ll see how many illustrations I can do that can help people visualize certain key concepts.

This site I had just sort of thrown up a while back, and I’m just now starting to revamp it. I’ve recreated my book cover (done in Photoshop) and I also added a new theme for the website with a new header based on the book cover!

My new book cover:

Breaking the Free Will Illusion - BOOK COVER

Let me know what you think in the comments below! The idea was to keep it readable and simple, sort of showing a zoomed out “watcher” perceptive of inter-related connections. No doubt I may end up revising it more before the book is finally complete. We’ll see.

Anyway, I may blog on here a little more frequently, so please connect by subscribing.

Sep 212012

Welcome to the “Breaking the Free Will Illusion for the Betterment of Humankind” website. This is a website for the book written by ‘Trick Slattery in regards to why Free Will (in the sense that holds important implications) is incoherent and why it conceptually needs to be abandoned.

The book is currently being written (‘Trick is on the 2nd draft of this book).