Dr. Cinnamon Jenson
Introduction to Philosophy 1301
Monday/ Wednesday (12:00pm-1:50pm)
November 19, 2017
Can a robot be conscious?
When the U.S.S. Enterprise arrives at the newly established Starbase 173,
Data is ordered to serve under Captain Bruce Maddox, who wishes to disassemble
and study him so that more androids can be made for Starfleet's use.But after Data
learns that Maddox may not be able to reassemble him, he refuses to submit to the
procedure. When Captain Picard is unable to have the orders changed, Data's only
option is to resign from Starfleet. His decision to resign, however, is challenged by
Maddox on the basis that Data is not a person with rights, but property of the
Federation. The metaphysical problem in this episode is data having free will to
identify as human instead of robot. Also to make discussions for oneself.
Nagel believes reductionism is the most unlikely of all the current
philosophical beliefs to shed life on consciousness. He believes that in order to
shed light on the relationship between mind and body, one must address
consciousness -- and reductionism fails to do that. He does state that we "cannot
be sure" of the presence of consciousness in lesser cognitive animals, but he
believes in a multiple formed belief of consciousness. This resembles most present
day theories on tiered consciousness (from primary -- "I know I see you"; to
secondary-- "I can think about you thinking about me"). This means that if we can
something like to be the bat meaning the bat is conscious. But if the bat a simple
robot there is nothing for the robot to identify itself then its not conscious.
Experience is shown through feeling from someone who has that set in moment of
what they are living in the moment. None can know how someone interrupts things
because they are not in that person mind.
Data is conscious...