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June 2017: The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

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Post Number:#166  Postby Burning ghost » May 13th, 2017, 8:04 am

Hey fellows! I am not a "member" but guess I can still get involved with discussion on Camus. Have been meaning to take a look at this one again lately :)
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Post Number:#167  Postby UniversalAlien » June 9th, 2017, 5:59 am

Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence

Editorial Reviews:

"Science Fiction and Philosophy brings two areas together and into a dialogue: philosophy holds the fantasmatic enjoyment of science fiction to account for its illusions and awesome possibilities while science fiction reminds philosophy that all reason and no play makes thought a very dull thing indeed. Hopefully, this volume will find its way into the hands of those who wish to discover something about the highly technological world-view and horizon of meaning of our current epoch." (Discover Magazine, November 2010)

"Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2009), Schneider mines time travel, artificial intelligence, robot rights, teleportation, and genetic modification to discuss the nature of space and time, free will, transhumanism, the self, neuroethics, and reality." (Discover, December 2010)

"Divided into five parts following themes arising from central questions in metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics, it intimately and intelligently ties works of art, which vividly bring to life the aforementioned thought experiments, together with exceptionally thought-provoking philosophical articles inspired and enlightened by the storytelling. It is not, as some edited collections tend to be, a disparate aggregate, but a successful marriage of art with analytic philosophy. It supports not only Schneider's but an even stronger argument: that a good science fiction story is very often a philosophical argument in disguise. If science fiction and philosophy give you pleasure, you may enjoy reading this hook immensely." (Mind & Machines, Fall 2010)

“Looking over the pages one can see Schneider's attention to detail … .Schneider has obviously made her choices for their accessibility and we should applaud her for this … .The collection stands as an important and provocative dialogue between two very rich areas of contemporary cultures and societies. Science Fiction and Philosophy gives us a chance to redeem science fiction … and take the questions it poses seriously and with a critical gaze. This volume will be of interest to audiences read in science fiction, philosophy of science, philosophy of time, philosophy of mind, consciousness studies, epistemology, robot ethics and bio-ethics and biotechnology and general audiences alike.” (Metapsychology)

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About the author:

Susan Schneider is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the University of Connecticut and a faculty member in the technology and ethics group at Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. Her work is on the nature of the self, which she examines from the vantage point of issues in philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence (AI), metaphysics, astrobiology, epistemology, and neuroscience. The topics she has written about most recently include the software approach to the mind, AI ethics, and the nature of the person. She is also a fellow with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton.

Her books include: Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence, and The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness (with Max Velmans). She is currently writing an academic book on the nature of the mind and a trade/academic book on the technological singularity.

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Post Number:#168  Postby -1- » June 10th, 2017, 10:55 pm

"Ballad of a Thin Man". Not a book, but a song lyric by Bob Dylan. I never understood that song, I have no clue what he is singing about. He deserves therefore every inch of the Nobel of Prizes that he got.

If this is too tough for you guys too, I suggest we discuss instead the lyrics of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by the Rolling of Stones. This is a lighter work, but equally as quizzical, and full of food for thought.
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Post Number:#169  Postby Syndicatte » July 17th, 2017, 10:36 am

For August 2017: Plato's Gorgias
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