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See Featured Authors Answering Questions. Answered Questions I never really got what the empathy box was or what it did? Chris Chang From wiki: "The main Earth religion is Mercerism, in which Empathy Boxes link simultaneous users into a collective consciousness based on the sufferin …more From wiki: "The main Earth religion is Mercerism, in which Empathy Boxes link simultaneous users into a collective consciousness based on the suffering of Wilbur Mercer, a man who takes an endless walk up a mountain while stones are thrown at him, the pain of which the users share.
Dick that can connect users to each other and both transmit and receive emotions in a video simulation of this old chap Mercer walking up the mountain.
If I'm not wrong, in the book there's a part where Rick refuses to use the empathy box because his happiness in owning a real goat would then be shared with others whereas he would feel others' pain in the process. I guess the empathy box lets users feel what others feel, and these users are usually avid followers of "Mercerism" which is nothing more than a religion that allows people to connect spiritually. The fact that the media in the book debunked Mercerism doesn't matter, because the fact is that even though Mercerism may be created in a video studio, the emotions transmitted through the machine are real, and gives users something to believe in and hold onto in this depressing future.
This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Why did Rachael kill the goat? Gordon Come on, people! It was a metaphor. Rachel "got his goat. She acted like a "jealous" mistress who was spurned by her lover and sought revenge …more Come on, people! She acted like a "jealous" mistress who was spurned by her lover and sought revenge by killing the thing she perceived that he loved most.
This was the equivalent of a jilted ex-girlfriend slashing the tires and keying her old boyfriend's prized vehicle. Androids don't have empathy for other androids and are inherently selfish, therefore I don't think she was particularly upset by the retiring of her friends.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scornedeven an android woman. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Why didn't Roy's panic trap work? When Deckard entered the building or apt building a trap was suppose to go off bringing humans into a state of panic, using an alarm Roy installed and a Penfield unit hide spoiler ]. Sean This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ They calibrated the machine to go off only if two people were near it, so the human that lived with them wouldn't set it off.
They didn't anticipate t …more They calibrated the machine to go off only if two people were near it, so the human that lived with them wouldn't set it off. They didn't anticipate that he would leave beforehand, and as only Decker was there it didn't go off. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Do you think Deckard is an android as well, like in the movie adaptation? Brad This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [No. He wasn't an android in the novel. He was able to use the empathy box.
Androids couldn't use it. Why do Androids come back to Earth? What are they looking for? Nutty On the colonies they are slaves, they have to serve humans.
So they come back to Earth looking for independence. Load 5 more questions. Unanswered Questions What is going on with the manifestation of Mercer at the end? Was an hallucination? I don't understand the second, "false" police station. Is it full of escaped andriods? How can they continue to run a parallel police station without the other discovering it? I get it that it's part of Dick's tendency mind f his reader but this part just felt too far out.
Is this ever explained in the book? Seems like in most of sci-fi, the androids - or any robots at all - are given special sequences to identify them by. Or a chip of sorts. In the final confrontation both Batys have laser tubes but i thought it was stated earlier that they had no weapons hence the setting up of the trap. Mistake or is there an explanation? What are Rachael human characteristics and inhuman one? Ask and answer questions about books!
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Sanjaju Li Androidi Elektricne Ovce - Philip K. Dick
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