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This Is An Essay Supporting Functionalism. It Is Not Truth, But Rather A Concocted Situation To Prove A Point.

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The Martian SituationRecently, NASA has brought back 5000 Martian beings to Earth, but the question that has sparked fiery debates still remains: What is to become of these Martians? Upon arrival, the Martians immediately adapted to the Earth's oxygen levels, biochemical composition, and temperatures. Through research, scientists have concluded that the Martians are able to adapt quickly in any situation, but the tricky circumstance is that they are only able to adapt once. What does this mean for the Martians? If they were to be taken back to Mars, their home planet, they would, most definitely, perish. Are they able to live here amongst humans and Earth animals and what purpose will they serve? By using valid evidence and the functionalist theory, I propose to defend that Martians should be kept here on Earth and used for work purposes.Essentially, these Martian beings are similar to our very own horses, but they are just slightly more advanced. By watching the Martians on Mars and on Earth, scientists have discovered that they are able to live, reproduce, and die on their own. Oddly enough, they do not have any form of communication. They live amid themselves, travel together in search of food, are void of intelligent thoughts and emotions, but "have the unique ability to perform complex tasks for humans," said a NASA scientist. Unlike horses that are only able to do manual labor such as pulling and providing transportation, these Martians have the capacity to learn to perform much more complicated tasks such as yard work, gardening, household chores, painting, tax filing, and so on. The Martians have basic thought processes based on instinct and survival. Given tests, they were able to perform on the level of lower animals, thus confirming that they have distinctly lower mental capacities than humans, or even primates. With this in mind, having these readily available laborers would prove to be a successful business venture for NASA and practical for companies or individuals in need of workers.Opponents of using the Martians as a work force have posed this question: How can the selling of living, breathing creatures that are considered to be comparable to humans possibly be measured ethical in today's modern world? I plan to prove the falsity of this question. People need to be educated about the reality of the Martians. They have false perceptions about the Martians, and only gained these views through popular culture films, television shows, books, and the internet. In truth, these real-life Martians are very different from the intellectual and power-hungry Martians of pop culture.Functionalism says that mental states are constituted by their causal relations to one another and to sensory inputs and behavioral outputs. What goes into the mind from the external world is said to interact, and possibly conflict, with mental states that are already in the mind. This interaction creates a result that comes out as bodily behavior. These Martians...

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