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In the film “Blade Runner”, replicants are made perfectly like human beings through a well-done ‘skin jobs’ and genetic engineered. They can demonstrate the abilities to perform and work like human: they can talk and they can also have feelings and emotions. These replicants are stronger, faster, and smarter than humans; however, they are only genetically programmed for a designated life span of four years. Replicants are created to use as a slave labor, which is used in “off-world colonization”. Somehow, they return to Earth and confront their creator for a longer living life, but unfortunately the creator can’t make their life longer.
According to Descartes’ theory, a person is someone who possesses a body and mind, and he indicates that “the soul and the mind are identical”. Therefore, a person is considered existed if he or she owns a soul. Most importantly, the vital principle of mind is “thought”. The replicants have many humanistic and realistic qualities. They are able to feel love as well as hatred. They have feelings and emotions for their friends and their beloved ones....


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