David Lawrence felt the time was right to address the idea that the world is determined, including all human thoughts and actions. Determinists have markedly grown in number over the past decade, in large part due to a misreading of neuroscience studies seeking to link prior neural brain activity to the exercise of choice. At the same time, the moral importance of the free will debate has been increasing in intensity due to other science findings which demonstrate that determinist beliefs promote cheating and anti-social conduct.
David Lawrence wrote Are We Biochemical Robots? to address the central arguments against free will’s existence and the problematic premises on which they are based.