Essay: Star Trek: TNG “The Measure of a Man”

Based on my interpretation of Hasker, the viewpoint of the body or mind issue that was shown by Piccard in the synopsis from Star Trek: The Next Generation was the Dualism view. Picard said, “Data has rights, amongst them the right to refuse to have an experimental process like this.” Picard credits both physical and mental and physical attributes to the Data (robot).


This view compares to Hasker’s statement that “dualism starts by taking very seriously the fact that human beings have both mental and physical properties.” It further signifies that even though the body and mind are different, they aren’t separate, but constantly interacting.

Also, this answers the question as to whether or not Data had a soul and if she ever had a soul. Since, God didn’t breathe into the nostrils of robots, they aren’t living souls. We aren’t beholden to treat robots ethically. On this basis, I don’t agree with the decision of the judge. Likewise, Maddox was justified in his claims that Picard was being emotional and irrational since Data had no soul and couldn’t be killed.

Moreover, I won’t rule out the likelihood that artificial intelligence will someday be possible. We use many technologies now that were once thought to being unreasonable. Also, according to scientific research, it’s not a question of if they can, but rather when they will construct self-reproducing AI robots. Though, even if mankind can build artificial intelligence, the robots will not be able to make their own worldview as human beings. They will be subjected to the software developer’s programming and they won’t have a soul. Concluding, I will address this area with reverence and extreme caution, for, the Scripture says, man was “…fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139:14).

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