Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence

Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence[Read] ➪ Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence Author Susan Schneider – 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 developmentsRaises uestion A timely volume that uses science fiction and Philosophy: PDF/EPUB ½ as a springboard to meaningful philosophical discussions especially at points of contact between science fiction and new scientific developmentsRaises uestions 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 FutureConsiders the classic philosophical puzzles that appeal to the general reader Science Fiction eBook Î while also exploring new topics of interest to the seasoned academic. Absolutely brilliant So thought provoking I will need to read it again though since some of the content reuires time to fully process The hypothesis was sound I love Science FictionI love Philosophy This is a book that brings two of my favorite things together in one book This book will be awesome The book certainly wasn't bad and I'd still probably recommend it those with any sort of passing interest in either subject and maybe in particular those who think they're only interested in one But it failed in living up to my dreams and I think there is one main reasonA few years ago I read a simply marvelous book called The Mind's I Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul A fantastic philosophy book edited by Daniel Dennett and Douglas Hofstadter Similar to this book they bring together stories and essays by various individuals but what really made Mind's I stand out in my opinion is the end of chapter analyses by Dennett and Hofstadter This is exactly what Schneider's book could have used Short write ups discussing the essay how it relates to science fiction or philosophy and maybe further explorations of the issues It really could have helped engage the reader in the ideas discussed particularly for a few of the essays that didn't seem to relate to science fiction in an immediately obvious way It's worth noting that had every chapter in the book been fantastically brilliant I may not have had the desire for better write ups after each one There were still enough interesting essays to make the book worth reading it just didn't live up to my admittedly high expectations Exceptional corpus of studies by many modern intellectuals dealing with five subjects a simulation b identity free will nature of persons c natural artificial hybrid super mind d ethical and political issues e space and time Each one of these five subjects corresponds to some important and representative Sci Fi movies and novels It is very pleasant that each part doesn' t start by a study but with a short fiction story introductory to the subject Criticism of the book for the most part the analyses are included inside epistemology and cognitive science ignoring the social and historical dimensions of literature and cinema Of cource the level of the studies is very high Sci Fi beauty and the feeling of the sublime are increased and don't disappear when reading these philosophy papers To me the best science fictions tackles perplexing philosophical uestions and carries out philosophical thought experiments through an artistic and scientific narrative The fictional aspect of good science fiction allows us to suspend disbelief and reality to take our minds to areas we typically would not venture in the real world Science fiction is a powerful lens for changing our view of the world today and scientific potential for tomorrow Susan Schneider’s Science Fiction and Philosophy surveys a broad set of philosophical ideas buried in contemporary science fiction These include multidimensional universes time travel simulations sentient machines computational mind theory and super intelligence just to name a few This book is a must read for those of us who use science fiction as a means of extending our perception and imagination of the future The content is sourced from and eclectic set of contributors The key contribution of the book is its breadth in surveying the area while the main drawback is its lack of continuity and the sketchy overly academic style of some of the contributing authors I was especially disappointed with Ned Block’s chapter on the Mind as the Software of the Brain This chapter had some much potential but the author chose instead to get bogged down in the minutiae of electronic circuitry and overloaded the structure of the chapter with arcane terminology and meandering dry overly academic discourse Another drawback is in the editing The prose could have been made approachable for the novice reader with better structure and again continuity of styleRegardless of these huge drawbacks I still find a study of the philosophical underpinnings of science fiction both interesting and important Readers can use this book as a framework for discovering good scientific writing or for allowing reading in science fiction to guide their internal philosophical discourse For example after reading this book I have realized how works by Iain M Banks on the Culture series are not just good but brilliant Other authors of interest who pop up are Neal Ascher and Neal Stephenson Serious fans of science fiction should at least skim the contents of Science Fiction and Philosophy It is well worth the time and will enrich your appreciation of great writing in the genre Unimaginative For a contrast see Stanislaw Lem's Summa Technologiae Also there is not enough of a tie between the philosophy what little there is here and science fiction literature The essays in themselves were a wonderful read I am still getting through themI will speak about these when I have finished however my only criticism of this book is that there is no over arching theme that links these together or commentary of the essays Issues of personal identity and the Mind body problem were fun reads I would have liked to have read essays exploring how sci fi texts have dabbled and tackled philosophical issues such as the mind body problem or how the genre itself has changed over time and it's relation with science technology and culture With the authors you have to check the reasoning of those fictions and then you get some recommended stories to begin with yourself Unfortunately I couldn't get through this I thought it would be fun to read about sci fi instead of reading sci fi for a change but my hatred of academic philosophy won over An anthology of essays mostly philosophical arguments that use thought experiments with a science fiction flavor The essays vary a good deal in tone and intended audience There's even a little fiction part of a good story by Asimov called Robot Dreams and A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury The book is arranged in five sections by topic one on living in a simulation one on how to define persons and whether they can have free will one on robots and cyborgs one on ethical issues and one on what the laws of physics mean The science fiction dealt with is almost all technological rather than being related to natural or social science even in the section on ethics but not the one on physicsThe only significant spoilers I noticed were on The Minority Report the essay is on the movie; I made sure to read the short story Terminator which I haven't and may never watch and The Bicentennial Man I'm leaving that chapter unread for a little so I can read the later novel version of the story The Positronic Man This interesting book addresses the deep uestions of reality personhood and ethics Virtual reality time travel artificial intelligence all are portrayed in terms of common science fiction literary themesAre we in the Matrix or the real world How to know which From Plato to Asimov to Bradbury these themes are explored in essays using the backdrop of great works of science fiction

Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to
  • Paperback
  • 350 pages
  • Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence
  • Susan Schneider
  • English
  • 28 December 2016
  • 9781405149075