Discussion Question Category: Philosophy of the Mind

Obstinate Pen

Where do thoughts come from? Do we always do what we intend? What is the relationship between what we intend and our actions? Do we have control over our thoughts? Over our actions? What is the mind? What kinds of things have minds? Can a pen have a mind? A table? A plant? An ant? Obstinate Pen

Double Trouble

Which robot is the “real” Algernon (the one at the house, or the one who returns from the company)? Why? Is there a particular part of the robot that is central to his identity (without it he wouldn’t be himself)? Would you think differently about which one is the “real” Algernon if the changes were Double Trouble