Paul Matthews

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Page Range

pp. 1–12


  • English

Print Length

12 pages

1. Introduction

  • Paul Matthews (author)
To open the book, we introduce the aims together with supporting ideas from disciplines spanning science and humanities. The overarching aim is to foreground examples from science fiction that can give us glimpses into the possible internal worlds of alien, augmented human, or artificially intelligent beings. The idea of transparent minds originates from narratology, or the study of narrative structure and its influence on the reader response. An adjacent concept is that of neuroaesthetics, part of the cognitive approach to literature studies, which focuses on the mental states evoked in the reader as a way to understand consciousness. We visit more philosophical and neuroscientific approaches to sentience and then introduce the SF genre and the way it works to combine scientific with speculative thought in a number of ways useful to our project.


Paul Matthews

Senior Lecturer, Information Science; Programme Leader, MSc Data Science at University of the West of England

Paul Matthews is a senior lecturer in computer science at the University of the West of England where his research interests include human-computer interaction and human-centred AI. Paul has a long term interest in the connections between science fiction, technology and human psychology.