Questions: Philosophy for Young People

Volume 12, Summer 2012

Tim McCarthy, Lucas Jackson
Pages 14-17

Becoming, Learning, Being

Tim McCarthy and Lucas Jackson present a short story in which a group of scientists successfully create a self-aware synthetic human being. Calling himself HBP, the machine begins to quickly learn and becomes curious about the world, life, and humanity. On his first trip alone outside of the lab, HBP accidentally kills a mugger. The encounter trouble him and HBP begins to wonder what happens to a being’s consciousness after life. McCarthy and Jackson use this story to explore the concept of the soul and religion, as well as to explore what it means to be human.