“A human being without the proper empathy or feeling is the same as an android built so as to lack it, either by design or mistake. We mean, basically, someone who does not care about the fate which his fellow living creatures fall victim to; he stands detached, a spectator, acting out by his indifference John Donne’s theorem that ‘No man is an island,’ but giving that theorem a twist: that which is a mental and a moral island is not a man.”
— Philip K. Dick, from his essay “Man, Android, and Machine” (1976). (Image of Data and Spot from Star Trek Next Generation.)
“These creatures are among us, although morphologically they do not differ from us; we must not posit a difference of essence, but a difference of behavior.”
— Philip K. Dick, from his essay “Man, Android, and Machine” (1976). (Image of a hunter posing like a bigshot over a hippopotamus he just murdered.)
“The basic thing is, how frightened are you of chaos? And how happy are you with order? Van Vogt influenced me so much because he made me appreciate a mysterious chaotic quality in the universe which is not to be feared.”
— Philip K. Dick on the writer A.E. Van Vogt, from his interview with Arthur Byron Cover in Vertex, Vol. 1, no. 6, February 1974. (Image of Captain Elliot Spencer from Hellraiser III.)
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