Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence

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Susan Schneider
John Wiley & Sons, Jun 3, 2010 - Philosophy - 368 pages
5 Reviews
A timely volume that uses science fiction as a springboard to meaningful philosophical discussions, especially at points of contact between science fiction and new scientific developments. Raises questions and examines timely themes concerning the nature of the mind, time travel, artificial intelligence, neural enhancement, free will, the nature of persons, transhumanism, virtual reality, and neuroethics Draws on a broad range of books, films and television series, including "The Matrix, Star Trek, Blade Runner, Frankenstein, Brave New World, The Time Machine, " and "Back to the Future" Considers the classic philosophical puzzles that appeal to the general reader, while also exploring new topics of interest to the more seasoned academic
 

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Review: Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence

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A bit scattered, and I found some contributions to be more worthwhile than others. A few even seemed downright out of place, though I'm forced to concede that they are in fact works of philosophy ... Read full review

Review: Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence

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What a boring, tedious book. It's not propagating new ideas about science fiction and mostly recyles themes from science fiction movies ('Minority Report', 'The Matrix). The language is ponderous and difficult to read. Someone like Bill Bryson is needed to revamp this book. A waste of time Read full review

Contents

Vanilla Sky Total Recall Animatrix
15
Chapter 1 Brain in a Vat John Pollock Chapter 1 The Problems
20
The Matrix as Metaphysics
33
What Am I? Free Will and the Nature of Persons
53
Personal Identity
67
Free Will and Determinism in the World of Minority Report
103
A Thought Experiment
113
Part II
115
Superintelligence and Singularity
201
Ethical and Political Issues
225
Transcending and Enhancing the Human Brain
241
The Doomsday Argument
257
Ethical Issues in Advanced Artificial Intelligence
277
Space and Time
285
Time
297
The Paradoxes of Time Travel
310

A Brain Speaks
122
Cyborgs Unplugged
170
Consciousness in Human and Robot Minds
186
Science Fiction as Epistemology
335
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Susan Schneider is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, and a faculty member in Penn’s Neuroethics program, its Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, and its Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She is also a fellow with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. She is the author of numerous pieces in philosophy of mind, neuroethics, and metaphysics, and has co-edited The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007) with Max Velmans.

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