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DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
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  • 1. DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? PHILIP K. DICK, 1968 Futuristic Societies
  • 2. Philip K. Dick, 1928-1982 <ul><li>Born in Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>Began writing 1952 </li></ul><ul><li>Interest in metaphysics and theology </li></ul><ul><li>Questioning the universe </li></ul><ul><li>Fictionalizing philosophizer </li></ul><ul><li>44 published novels, </li></ul><ul><li>121 short stories </li></ul><ul><li>Blade runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly </li></ul>
  • 3. The Apocalypse? <ul><li>What is behind our appetite for doomsday visions? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we confronting deep-seated species-wide fear? </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t we wait for the end of the world? </li></ul><ul><li>Philosophy & Culture </li></ul><ul><li>The Road , 2006, Cormac McCarthy. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed all civilization and, apparently, almost all life on earth. </li></ul>
  • 4. Android? <ul><li>An android is a robot or synthetic organism designed to look and act like a human. </li></ul><ul><li>Largely within the domain of science fiction </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently seen in film and television. </li></ul>
  • 5. Android <ul><li>Honda and several other corporations and private enterprises have developed impressive androids </li></ul><ul><li>A long way to go to make them fully human like. </li></ul>
  • 6. c-3po Star Wars – Luke Skywalker and c-3po
  • 7. Humanity <ul><li>What constitutes the quality of being human? </li></ul><ul><li>What role does nature play for humans? </li></ul><ul><li>Destruction of the world as we know it </li></ul><ul><li>Insanity if humans </li></ul><ul><li>Non-comprehension of their insanity </li></ul>
  • 8. Artifice <ul><li>Artificial humans </li></ul><ul><li>Artificial animals </li></ul><ul><li>Self-extermination </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy – group fusion / moral choices </li></ul><ul><li>Move to Mars! </li></ul>
  • 9. Social Body <ul><li>Michel Foucault:“the idea of a social body constituted by the universality of wills” is a great fantasy </li></ul><ul><li>the “phenomenon of the social body is the effect not of a consensus but of the materiality of power operating on the very bodies of individuals.” </li></ul><ul><li>Earth has created a hierarchy of power </li></ul>
  • 10. Hope? <ul><li>The “Specials” </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy – social structure </li></ul><ul><li>Rational hope? </li></ul><ul><li>Religious hope? </li></ul><ul><li>Nature </li></ul><ul><li>Kipple </li></ul>
  • 11. Rick Deckard, Bounty Hunter <ul><li>Married to Iran </li></ul><ul><li>No children, but an artificial sheep </li></ul><ul><li>Identity linked to destroyed nature </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of a subject-identity ~ possession of power over an animal (nature) </li></ul><ul><li>Fake nature  fake identity  grey zone between human and android </li></ul><ul><li>Android are indistinguishable from humans  empathy test </li></ul>
  • 12. Westworld <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFmKvY6PN2M </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAy8YnKvHQ4 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQVWP8fP5To </li></ul>
  • 13. Identity-crisis <ul><li>Power hierarchy </li></ul><ul><li>Annual, decisive personality tests </li></ul><ul><li>Buster Friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Mercer </li></ul><ul><li>Survival of the fittest </li></ul><ul><li>Central irony </li></ul>
  • 14. Fulfillment & Humanity? <ul><li>Empathy and fusion </li></ul><ul><li>Human = non-android </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy solely towards other humans </li></ul><ul><li>Doubt creates a dilemma  despair and resignation </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-subjective identity formation as key to humanity </li></ul><ul><li>The empathy box </li></ul>
  • 15. Aliens? <ul><li>Marital relationships ~ Rachel Rosen </li></ul><ul><li>Reconciling the diminishing distinction between humans and androids </li></ul><ul><li>Mercer: “the basic condition of life to be required to violate your own identity” </li></ul><ul><li>Enlightenment – The Tomb World </li></ul>
  • 16. Mercerism <ul><li>Religion called Mercerism </li></ul><ul><li>Establish ethical, moral norms of behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Create empathetic fusion </li></ul><ul><li>Shame / blushing reaction </li></ul><ul><li>Mercer, the person ~ Jesus? </li></ul><ul><li>Repetitive cycle – no forward momentum </li></ul><ul><li>Opposed to Kierkegaard – the individual + God </li></ul>
  • 17. Humans and Animals <ul><li>Squirrels </li></ul><ul><li>Sisyphus </li></ul><ul><li>Mankind’s inherent stupidity </li></ul><ul><li>Wrong choices </li></ul><ul><li>Hopelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Collective path to doom </li></ul><ul><li>Self-destruction / Existential angst </li></ul>
  • 18. Blade Runner, 1982

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