New book “Are We Really Biochemical Robots?” by David Lawrence is released, a compelling examination of free will, determinism, moral equivalence, and the shortcomings of current narratives in philosophy and political psychology

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Los Angeles – March 29, 2022

“Are We Really Biochemical Robots?” by David Lawrence has been released worldwide. This deep-diving, insightful, and often humorous book explores the scientific evidence and philosophical discussions about whether free will exists, or if everything we do is dominated and controlled by unknown physical forces – whether we’re really free to make decisions or are mere biochemical robots following whatever our causal programming has in store for us – and the implications that such beliefs have for society at large.

Using Sam Harris’ Free Will as a point of departure, as well as a launchpad for further discussion, Lawrence takes an interdisciplinary approach, using both plain common sense and logic, to develop a penetrating examination of mankind’s fundamental nature, leading to an eye-opening conclusion about determinism’s self-contradictory nature. 

David gives insightful counterarguments to determinists like Harris that draw from current neuroscience research, evolutionary biology, quantum science, and history of the free will debate – with a philosophical rigor that exposes the flaws in determinist thinking. Calling out fallacies, problematic assumptions, misreadings of the latest science studies, and a generally poor understanding of the premises behind such pressing questions, the author takes on the problems of determinism and the moral equivalency that is its inevitable consequence to shape a new approach to the nature of free will. 

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Are We Really Biochemical Robots? (ISBN: 9798985876918 / 9798985876901) can be purchased through retailers worldwide, including and Amazon. The paperback retails for $14.79, and the ebook retails for $9.95. 

From the back cover

It’s the 10th anniversary of Sam Harris’ Free Will, one of the most popular books of the past decade written on the free will debate. Harris’ well-deserved reputation as an author, intellectual, and social commentator has afforded Free Will exposure that books of the subject rarely enjoy. The 10th anniversary of its publication makes the timing right for a no-holds-barred critique of Free Will’s take on determinist doctrine. The moral implications of the free will debate have gained renewed urgency from scientific findings that the belief in determinism leads to cheating, aggression, and other immoral conduct. Are We Really Biochemical Robots? Delivers an unsparing blow to determinism and its circular premises, reliance on selective evidence, and moral equivalency.

Topics include: 

• Why science findings claiming to support determinism do nothing of the kind. 

• Why determinism’s number one premise, causation, is conceptually and scientifically unsound. 

• How relativity theory and quantum science laid determinism to rest decades ago. 

• Why moral and personal responsibility can’t exist in a causal universe. 

• Why determinism renders our criminal justice system useless

In perhaps its most unique contribution, Biochemical Robots reaches beyond the confines of Free Will’s discussion to expose the fundamental flaw at the heart of all determinist doctrine – the self-contradictory nature of determinist truth claims. Determinism receives its final coup de grâce in Biochemical Robot’s final pages. The reign of causation is given a eulogy that’s long overdue.

About the author:

Long interested in matters of scientific and moral import, 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, demonstrating 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. 

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