Androids and the Mind/Body Problem

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Human like androids and the Mind/Body problem Mind/Body description is “taking into account the physiological, psychic, and spiritual connections between the state of the body and that of the mind”. The question we would like to answer is ‘how that related to a human-like android”. In the Star Trek episode of The Next Generations, The Measure of a Man, Captain Picard is defending an employee on his ship, Data. Data is a human-like android who believes he has rights, and is requesting the order to be disassemble be denied. Commander Bruce Maddox is the person wanting to have him disassemble so that they can learn more about him in the hopes of making many Data android into an Army. The mind/body argument has to do with the matter and non-matter relationship. However, there are many different thoughts and discussions about what the correct relationship may be. Many philosophers have debated about how the mind and body relate to each other. In this case there is the argument on if Data, the Android Robert, has a mind (or soul). Picard defends Data in that he is more than just an Android, that he has a mind and soul and that he should be considered as a human person, having the same rights. Picard takes the Dualism theory approach. He believes that Data has a mind (or soul). “Since the mind is seen as a completely nonphysical entity, the mind (or soul) cannot be generated through the biological process of reproduction” (Hasker p. 67). This is what concerns both Data and Picard. That even if Data could be taken apart and put back together, the soul of Data would be lost. Picard is saying that Data is more than just an Android. Picard is in the belief that Data’s mind might be a program, but he is able to make decision on his own, making him an individual with a mind, and irreplaceable. Maddox has a different argument on the subject. Maddox leans towards
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