Johnathan Corgan writes: > As I'm sure many on the list are familiar, David Brin's "Kiln People" is > an interesting science fiction treatment of similar issues.
It is an interesting story which helps to make some of our philosophical thought experiments more concrete. Making copies, destroying them, the nondeterministic experience of wondering whether you will become the copy or the original, all are addressed. However I found much to dislike in the way Brin answers these questions. I wrote a review at http://www.transhumanism.org/index.php/th/more/285/ . An excerpt: "I was shocked and disgusted to see that [Brin] presents the golems as having no human rights whatsoever. They are property, nothing more. They have to step to the back of the bus, get out of the way of the white, excuse me, human massas, put up with whatever humans want to do to them. This shocking recreation of the worst abuses of the slavery era is presented without much explanation by Brin, or much sensitivity to the horrific history he is echoing..." Hal Finney