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Futuristic Societies. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick, 1968. Philip K. Dick, 1928-1982. Born in Chicago Began writing 1952 Interest in metaphysics and theology Questioning the universe Fictionalizing philosophizer 44 published novels, 121 short stories

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Futuristic societies

Futuristic Societies

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Philip K. Dick, 1968


Philip k dick 1928 1982
Philip K. Dick, 1928-1982

Born in Chicago

Began writing 1952

Interest in metaphysics and theology

Questioning the universe

Fictionalizing philosophizer

44 published novels,

121 short stories

Blade runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly


The apocalypse
The Apocalypse?

What is behind our appetite for doomsday visions?

Are we confronting deep-seated species-wide fear?

Can’t we wait for the end of the world?

Philosophy & Culture

The Road , 2006, Cormac McCarthy.

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.


Android
Android?

An android is a robot or synthetic organism designed to look and act like a human.

Largely within the domain of science fiction

Frequently seen in film and television.


Android1
Android

Honda and several other corporations and private enterprises have developed impressive androids

A long way to go to make them fully human like.


C 3po
c-3po

Star Wars – Luke Skywalker and c-3po


Humanity
Humanity

What constitutes the quality of being human?

What role does nature play for humans?

Destruction of the world as we know it

Insanity of humans

Non-comprehension of their insanity


Artifice
Artifice

Artificial humans

Artificial animals

Self-extermination

Empathy – group fusion / moral choices

Move to Mars!


Social body
Social Body

Michel Foucault:“the idea of a social body constituted by the universality of wills” is a great fantasy

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.”

Earth has created a hierarchy of power


Hope?

The “Specials”

Empathy – social structure

Rational hope?

Religious hope?

Nature

Kipple


Rick deckard bounty hunter
Rick Deckard, Bounty Hunter

Married to Iran

No children, but an artificial sheep

Identity linked to destroyed nature

Creation of a subject-identity ~ possession of power over an animal (nature)

Fake nature  fake identity  grey zone between human and android

Android are indistinguishable from humans  empathy test


Westworld
Westworld

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFmKvY6PN2M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAy8YnKvHQ4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQVWP8fP5To


Identity crisis
Identity-crisis

Power hierarchy

Annual, decisive personality tests

Buster Friendly

Mercer

Survival of the fittest

Central irony


Fulfillment humanity
Fulfillment & Humanity?

Empathy and fusion

Human = non-android

Empathy solely towards other humans

Doubt creates a dilemma  despair and resignation

Inter-subjective identity formation as key to humanity

The empathy box


Aliens
Aliens?

Marital relationships ~ Rachel Rosen

Reconciling the diminishing distinction between humans and androids

Mercer: “the basic condition of life to be required to violate your own identity”

Enlightenment – The Tomb World


Mercerism
Mercerism

Religion called Mercerism

Establish ethical, moral norms of behavior

Create empathetic fusion

Shame / blushing reaction

Mercer, the person ~ Jesus?

Repetitive cycle – no forward momentum

Opposed to Kierkegaard – the individual + God


Humans and animals
Humans and Animals

Squirrels

Sisyphus

Mankind’s inherent stupidity

Wrong choices

Hopelessness

Collective path to doom

Self-destruction / Existential angst


Blade runner 1982
Blade Runner, 1982

  • http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/blade-runner-clip-6-01-05-20-01-09-52/ea4f37468b36c6e25403ea4f37468b36c6e25403-502698673628?q=blade+runner+video+clips&FROM=LKVR5&GT1=LKVR5&FORM=LKVR29

  • http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=blade+runner+video+clips&qpvt=blade+runner+video+clips&FORM=VDRE#


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