Philosophy Discussion Questions

Do you think the mind is essentially software running on a physical system like the human brain? Why or why not?

When your body dies, will your mind still exist? How would identity theorists answer this? Is their answer plausible?

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On pages 224 to 225, AI and Human Rights are considered. As AI becomes more and more able to simulate and surpass human cognitive powers and functions, should we confer AI rights?  From AI’s point of view, should AI confer rights to us?


On pages 237 to 238, read the very short story “They’re Made of Meat”, by Terry Bisson.  What point does the story make about the relationship between mental stuff and physical stuff?

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