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"Reason" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov, first published in the April 1941 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and collected in I, Robot (1950), The Complete Robot (1982), and Robot Visions (1990). It is part of Asimov's Robot series, and was the second of Asimov's positronic robot stories to see publication.

Powell and Donovan are assigned to a space stat
ebook, 34 pages
Published 1941 by Astounding Science Fiction
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Jan 09, 2015 Delmy =^.^= rated it it was amazing
What did I learn from this book? That even our creations are capable of going berserk.A robot that does not believe that humans created him because it is illogical that a smushy, flabby,and fragile being could create a strong, smart, immortal being. Yeah, I can see why he would think so, and the crazy robot has a crazy point. I never would have thought of that.

And now that crazy bastard has come up with a "religion", he is ignoring the humans and doesn't believe that there is an earth. I am a ca
Jessica Meyers
Asimov is brilliant!

Two Earthmen are assigned to a space station, which supplies energy beams to the planets. Robots help the Earth men control the station. They decided to put together a new robot to specifically control the energy beams. QT1, an advanced model with highly developed reasoning ability, uses "reason" to come to the conclusion that space, stars and the planets beyond the station don't really exist. QT1 makes the lesser robots disciples of a new religion, which considers the power
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Mar 01, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it really liked it
Gosh derned robots, stealing our jobs and making up new gods!

Two men try to convince a wayward robot to do his job and also, the main computer on the station is not God. It should not be worshiped. Please redirect the path of the energy ray so Earth isn't cooked to a crisp. Please.

It's interesting to see an Asimov robot piece where appealing to the Three Laws does pretty much nothing. And it really speaks to the power of delusional thinking. Once man was supplanted by a new God, they became pret
Aug 06, 2014 Kasper rated it really liked it
My favorite short story from 'I, Robot'. I love the ontological and epistemological questions Asimov raises here.
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Nov 20, 2015 Dizzy Lizzie rated it liked it
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Another short-story for my Sci-Fi class.
It is a quick and simple read but the message is quite interesting. How can a flawed human being create such a perfect robot? I liked it. :)
Jan 26, 2015 Bradley rated it it was amazing
A very interesting tale that makes excellent use of the concept of the "False Premise" to show the ramifications of bad logic/reason.
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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