Mind/Body Problem

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From your reading of Hasker, and using the categories he uses, what view of the mind/body problem do you think is exhibited by Picard? By Maddox? Support your answer.
Upon completion of the readings, and having watched the episode “The Measure of a Man” from Star Trek: New Generations I have come to the conclusion that Picard has a very materialistic view of the mind/body problem stating that “Man is a wholly material being” (Hasker, 69). Meanwhile Maddox holds a very dualistic view of the problem, in which he believes “physical properties…are properties of the body, while mental properties are properties of the mind” (Hasker, 65). Picard sees Data, his android officer, as being able to make the same kinds of decision and having the same kinds of feelings any other human being is able to have. This leads me to believe that Picard’s view is that the mind is not separate from the body, thus he has a very materialistic view of the mind/body problem. While Maddox on the other hand believes a very different way. This of course causes much tension between the two. Maddox apparently believes that there is a mind and a body completely separate, and for a Being to be human and sentient it must be able to be intelligent, self-aware, and conscious. He believes that Data does indeed have a brain, but cannot possibly have a mind, since the mind is separate from the brain. Maddox’s main claim is that Data, like a computer, has no feelings, basically has no soul or mind with which he could have feelings. Therefore Data is not a human.

If A.I. does become possible, will we have obligations to treat machines “ethically?
When it comes to Artificial Intelligent it is quite difficult to think that I would ever have to question whether or not to treat it as a person. Though the more I think about it, the more I become convinced it would not be an easy choice, especially if the A.I.…...

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