I’m in one of my word-playing moods this evening…
Somebody (anyone know who?) said: Biology is Chemistry
Paul Dirac said: Chemistry is Physics
Bertrand Russell said: Physics is Mathematics
So by inductive logic we have biology is mathematics. I’ll leave the implications of biology existing as mere information on a computer to the wilder imaginations amongst you!
But here’s the interesting point… when writing my novel, I did a fair bit of maths to help me form my world (no I did write that maths into the novel – it was used merely to ensure my world consistent). But during that process, I came to the conclusion that the mathematics was pointing a way to a philosophy of why we exist in the way we do! Which by default means that science fiction can enlighten us on philosophy!
Now this is a BIG concept… science fiction leading the way in philosophy.
Come to think of it, it has happened before… Asimov’s laws of robotics are in their way philosophy, aren’t they? And of course George Orwell’s Animal Farm was looking at the conflict of different philosophies… whoa, hold on moment… these were written in the middle of the last century.
I’m trying to think of more recently written science fiction that dealt with philosophy… and nothing springs to mind… um, what am I missing here?