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Is Data Human? The Metaphysics of Star Trek [Richard Hanley, 1998] (softcover)
978-0465045488
Richard Hanley
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253 pgs, 1998, Basic/Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 978-0465045488

Based on a philosophy course at the University of Maryland, obviously this book is just not more Star Trek "hype". As a metaphor for learning, the philosophic Enterprise has a mission not unlike the starship of the same name. Why explore philosophy using Star Trek? There is a good opportunity to learn something about metaphysics--the nature of existence.

Where the starship travels fictional outer space, the philosophic enterprise traverses "logical space" visiting various possible worlds. While visiting don't be afraid to ponder why philosophy faculty need to use the fictionally possible to help their students think about their non-fictional possibilities. Oh well, if it engages your thinking and imaginative faculties, why not!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part One: New Life, New Civilizations

  • Prime Suspects
  • Insufficient Data
  • Pro Creation

Part Two: Matters of Survival

  • To Beam or Not to Beam?
  • Personal Growth
  • Temporal Distortions
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