X-Phi at the Movies

Movies are long, well-developed thought experiments. Why don't we use them to probe people's judgments about philosophical issues? Do most people think computer/robot consciousness is possible? Ask
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Movies are long, well-developed thought experiments.  Why don't we use them to probe people's judgments about philosophical issues?  Do most people think computer/robot consciousness is possible?  Ask people walking out of Ex Machina or Her whether they think the artificial systems portrayed in the movie was conscious.  We could ask a wide range of questions to get a more fine-grained sense of which mental states people attribute to the characters and to what degree. (Do religious dualists think the characters have souls or what? Do people think they have moral understanding? Emotions? Moral responsibility?)  Ideally we could probe whether people think the fictions portrayed are 'really' possible, plausible, or just imaginable, and whether people's attributions are based on 'forgetting' that the systems are artificial and just reacting to the human features of the impressive actors.Similar surveys  could be designed for movies about personal identity, free will, ethical dilemmas,. . .

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