Reason - reasoning (Genesis 1:27). Once the reader...

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Daniel Pearson dap5063 English 191, Section 1 Science Fiction, Ms. Shackelford Reason – Religious Parallels In Reason , Isaac Asimov indirectly criticizes what he considers unfounded faith in a “higher being” or “god.” He accomplishes this by paralleling the robot QT-I to humans of early history who tried to make sense of their seemingly inexplicable surroundings. “Cutie” rejects the initial proposal that these lesser humans created him and thus goes about creating his own version of reality; likewise, creationists and Intelligent Design followers reject the idea that humans could have possibly evolved from lesser primates and deduce that humanity must be the making of a superior being – a god. Unsurprisingly, Cutie decides that the core computer must be the superior being; he, like humans, chooses an object that is similar to him in construct. Followers of Christianity believe “God created man in His own image,” an obvious parallel to Cutie’s
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Unformatted text preview: reasoning (Genesis 1:27). Once the reader recognizes this equivalence, Asimov’s criticism of religion becomes clear. Cutie believes he has discovered an underlying truth to existence through reason but to an objective outside viewer, he merely has fabricated a fundamental “purpose” for himself. Because faith is based on abstraction and ambiguities instead of measurable observations, the two scientists find it impossible to prove him wrong. Cutie makes every observation fit into the master’s “grand plan” and, when he cannot, he describes it as a mystery – some things only the master knows. In conclusion, Asimov demonstrates how stubborn religious faith can be and how difficult it is to shake one’s views upon existence and “fundamental truths” even if the individual is clearly wrong....
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course ENGL 191 taught by Professor Shackelford,laura during the Fall '04 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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