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Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time…
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Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence

by Susan Schneider

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Great subject matter, but editor Schneider inexcusably fails to specify which parts are different from the book's first (2009) edition. I had to refer back to the 2009 table of contents to help me estimate that 5 of the 28 chapters have been replaced by new ones. Of the new ones, two are (important, to be sure) analyses by David Chalmers (on the postulated future Singularity and mind uploading) and Nick Bostrum (on controllability of super-AI) that I had already read, and one is a piece of wild speculation by Schneider herself (on extraterrestrial super-AI, featuring citations with misspelled author names).
  fpagan | Jul 10, 2017 |
11/6/2016 4:39 PM Recommended by the like of Martin Rees
  ntgntg | Nov 6, 2016 |
Reprints of philosophical writings relevant to ideas dealt with in works of quality science fiction -- ideas such as _Matrix_-like simulations, mind uploading and transhumanism, robot intelligence and consciousness, and time travel. Authors include Nick Bostrom, Daniel Dennett, Derek Parfit, Ray Kurzweil, Ned Block, and David Deutsch. Editor Schneider's own chapter identifies, as did SF writer RJ Sawyer in _Mindscan_, the unacceptability (as regards personal identity) of mind uploading by means of copying.
  fpagan | Sep 1, 2015 |
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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 developments. This book raises questions 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. It 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 Future. This book considers the classic philosophical puzzles that appeal to the general reader, while also exploring new topics of interest to the more seasoned academic.… (more)

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