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Old October 12 2012, 04:28 AM   #19
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Re: Is the Data character more human than he's given credit for?

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Also, I think it would be impossible for a truly sentient, self-aware being to not have emotions-without them, it has no wants, so how would Data get the notion to join Starfleet, befriend Geordi, take up painting, etc.?
Antisocial Personality Disorder is a disorder in which little to no emotion is present in a person. It doesn't mean you aren't self aware or not sentient.

You are misinformed as to what Antisocial Personality Disorder is.
Indeed! From what I've read there is certainly a limited emotional spectrum in someone with APD, though. It has more to do with a lack of empathy than anything else.

I still think one can hypothetically lack emotion and still be self aware and sentient. I'd bet there has been at least one case in human history. I think if the right parts of the brain were screwed up it could happen.
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