Essay Star Trek: the Next Generation “the Measure of a Man”

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Based on my reading of Hasker (1983), I believe the view of the mind or body problem that was exhibited by Piccard in the synopsis from Star Trek: The Next Generation was the Dualism view. Picard stated that, “Data has rights among them the right to refuse to undergo an experimental procedure such as this.” Here, Picard ascribes both physical and mental attributes to the robot (Data). This view correlates to Hasker (1983) statement that, “Dualism begins by taking quite seriously the fact that human beings have both physical properties and mental properties…” (p. 65). Hasker (1983) further indicates that even though the mind and body are different, they are not detached, but continuously interacting (Dualism Interactionism), which is…show more content…
Additionally, this answers the Judge’s (JAG) question as to whether or not Data had a soul and even if she has a soul. Since, God did not breathe into the nostrils of robots, they are not living souls, and we are not obligated to treat machines “ethically.” On this basis, I do not agree with the Judge’s decision. Likewise, Maddox was justified in his claims that Picard was being “irrational and emotional” as Data had no soul and, therefore, could not be murdered. Furthermore, I will not rule out the possibility that artificial intelligence will someday be possible, as we use several technologies today that were once believed to be impossible. Also, according to the director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, Rodney (1990), it is not a question of if they can, but rather when they will build self-reproducing intelligent robots. However, even if mankind can create artificial intelligence, the robots will be unable to create their own worldview as humans, as they will be subject to the software developer’s programming and they will have no soul. In conclusion, I would address this area with utmost caution and reverence, for, as Scripture says, mankind was "…fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalms 139:14 NIV). References Hasker, W. (1983). Metaphysics: Constructing a World View. (1st ed.). Downers Grove: IL: InterVarsity Press. Rodney A. B. (1990)

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