Any political, psychological, economic, religious, and poetic concept or term can be brushed aside and argued away by anyone with strong writing skill. A bachelor’s in philosophy also helps. Free will certainly falls into such a category especially since it’s mostly a religious concept and is defined every which-way depending on your googling technique.
Harris argues one side of a coin, and he ostensibly relies on his neuroscience training. But since neuroscience remains a branch of science in its infancy—with only bits and pieces of the brain/mind connection so far having been sorted)—he actually relies on his philosophy undergraduate degree coursework in making his declarations about the death of free will, it seems obvious to me. Yes, of course free will is dead. But by dwelling on just this one side of a coin, we get no impressions about how it is we go about actually making decisions and how we actually can will certain kinds of things. Such mental activity is definitely not just a silly illusion. Harris’ disregard and silence about the other side of the coin causes him not to be able to answer certain questions, and I’ve seen him embarrass himself enough to change the format of this website.
(Ask for details if you’ve forgotten how things used to be, back when he encouraged readers of his articles to voice their opinions and discuss his ideas. He deleted a lot of embarrassing material, and it’s gone for good now, presumably because he found that he was unable to answer a simple question posed by a Christian journalist regarding morality and free will. I’ll link to certain things that do remain in this forum upon request.)
Rather than fruitlessly arguing about whether or not Harris’ take on free will is correct, it might make sense instead to wonder about Harris’ and others’ goals in their arguments. People don’t write books just to make points out of context with real-world goals, fears and emotion-based views. I can think of some valuable reasons to pronounce the death of free will. How about you? If I only get cricket chirps, I’ll try to return to this question later with some of my personal opinions on the matter.