Essay Mind and Mind/body Solution

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Androids and the Mind/Body Problem The Synopsis: Star Trek Episode “The Measure of a Man” deals with the thought that android could have physical and mental properties. In order to fully understand or evaluate this we have to have a clear understanding of the Mind/Body Problems and solutions. Humans are material objects consisting of physical and mental properties. Physical properties examples are height, weight, color, shape or size and mental properties are awareness, consciousness, feeling, thinking, emotions and senses. The problem arises because these properties interact where intentional or unintentional continuously. Hasker discusses several mind/body solutions such as idealism, materialism, behaviorism, dualism, and…show more content…
That can be defined as having self-awareness. The only question that presents itself with this solution is consciousness. Hasker’s criteria for a being to be sentient include intelligence, self-awareness and consciousness. I feel these are adequate basis to start. Other properties or characteristics that could be beneficial are morality, and spirituality. God is our identity and creator that leads us. We have a soul which was created by God that gives us life after death. The Mind/Body Solutions dualist mentions that it is the most influential because it was developed by Christians. It recognizes God and our soul is involved. Artificial intelligence at the level presented in the story I do not feel will be possible. Yes I do feel android can be programed to perform a certain behavior but having a sense of feelings, thoughts, emotions and a soul that comes with being a human. God has ultimately created us with these characterizes and we are living things. I do not feel Picard is being irrational because he truly believes Data has rights and he should be allowed to make his decisions regarding his future. Emotions probably come into play because Data is his co-worker even if Picard is the commanding officer. I strongly feel he is supporting an employee of his rights. Given all the evidence presented to JAG I feel they made the right decision. Data presented with thoughts and self-awareness which he could have been programed to
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