AI: Sympathy for the Devil
Fiction, in general, has a rather terrible track record when it comes to skepticism. Faith, loyalty, dumb luck and genius are the virtues of fictional characters. Those stopping to ask “why” or point out that a plan is quite silly are generally berated for their lack of courage or punished for trying to fight destiny.
With the recent, sympathetic treatment of a skeptical character in Cowboys and Aliens and The Ledge, I wanted to know what other skeptical characters are out there that people admire.
Who is your favorite skeptical fictional character? Are they punished or rewarded for their skepticism?
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Note: My personal feeling on why skepticism is vilified in fiction is primarily due to writers not liking it when their own characters get uppity about how contrived their situation is.