Science Fiction and Philosophy From Time Travel to Superintelligence

ISBN-10: 1405149078

ISBN-13: 9781405149075

Edition: 2009

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A timely volume that uses the science fiction genre to provoke reflection and discussion on a variety of philosophical issues -from time travel and artificial intelligence to trans-humanism, virtual reality, and neuro-ethics.
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Sources and Acknowledgments
Introduction Thought Experiments: Science Fiction as a Window into Philosophical Puzzles
Could I be in a "Matrix" or Computer Simulation? Related Works: The Matrix; Permutation City; The 13th Floor; Vanilla Sky; Total Recall; Animatrix
Brain in a Vat
Are You In a Computer Simulation?
Excerpt from The Republic
Excerpt from The Meditations on First Philosophy
The Matrix as Metaphysics
What Am I? Free Will and the Nature of Persons Related Works: Software; Star Trek, The Next Generation: Second Chances; Mindscan; The Matrix; Minority Report
Where Am I?
Personal Identity
Divided Minds and the Nature of Persons
Who Am I? What Am I?
Free Will and Determinism in the World of Minority Report
Excerpt from "The Book of Life: A Thought Experiment"
Mind: Natural, Artificial, Hybrid, and "Super" Related Works: 2001; Blade Runner; AI; Frankenstein; Terminator; I, Robot
Robot Dreams
A Brain Speaks
The Mind as the Software of the Brain
Cyborgs Unplugged
Consciousness in Human and Robot Minds
Superintelligence and Singularity
Ethical and Political Issues Related Works: Brave New World; Gattaca; Terminator; White Plague
The Man on the Moon
Mindscan: Transcending and Enhancing the Human Brain
The Doomsday Argument
Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" and Machine Metaethics
Ethical Issues in Advanced Artificial Intelligence
Space and Time Related Works: Twelve Monkeys; Slaughterhouse Five; The Time Machine; Back to the Future; Flatland: A Romance in Many Dimensions
A Sound of Thunder
Time
The Paradoxes of Time Travel
The Quantum Physics of Time Travel
Miracles and Wonders: Science Fiction as Epistemology
Index
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