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By the end of the 21st century humans could have increasingly bionic bodies with greatly enhanced brains and sensory organs. They could be spending their abundant leisure in a variety of richly detailed, stimulating worlds provided by virtual reality technology, while computer and robots of various kinds do their work for them. What should we think of this prospect?
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Editorial Reviews

A fruitful book for philosophers and others interested in the future. Recommended.
Kelly Becker
The range of interrelated topics makes the book ideal for introductory and philosophy of mind courses. The pressing nature of the issues makes it required reading for any educated person. Professor Cooney's book explains how the unprecedented pace of scientific and technological advance strains our understanding of fundamental concepts we normally take for granted: reality, mind, body, and person. Cooney elegantly describes and explores this urgent problem from philosophical, historical, and scientific perspectives. More than that, he provides a highly original basis for an account of consciousness.
A fruitful book for philosophers and others interested in the future. Recommended.
Dorion Sagan
An educational romp to the edges of the human hinterland on that travel-worthy steed, philosophy. The writing is clear and Cooney pulls together the best of the past to prepare 'us' for a fascinating post-human future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742532939
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Cooney is NEH professor of philosophy at Centre College.

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Table of Contents

1 Reality 1
The pathos of the senses 2
Liberation from the cave 5
Descartes' meditation 12
The demon as evil scientist 20
Levels of reality 31
2 Mind 47
Planet AI : the first day 47
The limitation game 49
Can machines think? : a nanoresponse 58
Scientism 64
E.T. and alien 72
3 Embodiment 87
The flow of time 88
An enchanted space 94
Descartes's sailor 108
Our mammalian brain 120
Fear and loathing 130
The endgame of multicellularity 145
4 Posthumanity 155
Planet AI : the second day 156
Planet AI : the third day 171
Planet AI : the fourth day 187
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