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Imagine that this is the 23rdcentury and you are a scientist doing field work on a distant planet. You have contracted to spend three years there studying primitive life forms. You have been without any human companionship for over a year. One day, a supply spaceship arrives from Earth. The ship has a crew of one person, an exceptionally attractive, witty, and charming person of your preferred sex. You are immediately attracted to each other – you walk, you talk, you kiss, you become lovers, and so forth. He/She/Thee agrees to stay with you for the next two years and sends the supply ship back to Earth. Your spirits soar, you have renewed enthusiasm for work and for life. Then one day, while exploring your lover’s sleeping body, you find inside the lining of the navel a silver ring. Imprinted on the ring are the words “Made in Japan”. Your lover is an android, a synthetic human! The question is: would you still accept and love this “person” as a conscious, feeling being, as you did before you discovered the ring? Why did you accept this “person” as a conscious being in the first place

Discussion Post Requirements:

– Responses must be well thought out and well written

– Responses must focus on course material first and personal reflection second

– Initial discussion question responses must be between 350-500 words

. Make sure your responses are thoughtful and rooted in the course material and referenced accordingly.

Group Discussion Board Rubric:


5 points

10 points

15 points

25 points

Relevance of Post

Post topics that do not relate to the discussion content or makes short remarks.

Partially posts on topic and partially off-topic.

Posts are related to the discussion topic.

Post topics related to the discussion topic, relates outside material to the topic, and prompts further discussion. Includes a citation for material other than the textbook and meets 350+ word count requirement.

Interaction with Peers

Does not post a reply to two classmates’ post.

Posts a very short reply to two classmates’ posts (e.g., “I agree,” “Good point,” etc.).

Posts a reply to two classmates’ posts but does not stimulate further discussion.

Interacts actively with at least two peers in a substantive manner (i.e., with relevance and insight about the topic).

Delivery of post

Uses poor spelling and grammar. Post may appear hasty.

Several errors in spelling or grammar.

Few grammatical or spelling errors.

Consistently uses proper spelling and grammar.

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