The Soul and the Machine: Humanlike Machines and Machinelike Humans

Descartes attempted to distinguish the ensouled self from the machinelike body. Freed from Christian strictures, science has substituted the brain for Descartes’ soul. Although the Tin Man longed for a brain, computerized robots may already have one. As a result, humans may need to become machinelike in order to survive.


Russell Belk (2017) ,"The Soul and the Machine: Humanlike Machines and Machinelike Humans", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 45, eds. Ayelet Gneezy, Vladas Griskevicius, and Patti Williams, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 164-169.


Russell Belk, York University, Canada


NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 45 | 2017

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