Death 999 wrote:It's possible that they don't <i>act</i> human at all. That would throw people off a lot. Also, keep in mind that Star Control history is, uh, divergent from our own.
How divergent exactly? Because it'd have to be VERY divergent.
I mean, the way I see it with humanity... Although some people are malicious (usually vengeful if they are.) Most Humans tend to do most of the evil they do out of a combination of ignorance and pride.
Take bigots for example, there's quite a few flavours of those and the ones you'll see most are either smarmy creepy people who'll calmly explain their disgusting views or the 'hostile idiot who hates everything not like themselves'. But though there's certainly more of those then you'd want, I think alot of bigotry also comes from people being completely unfamiliar with whatever group they are bigoted against and only knowing negative stereotypes.
Ignorance basically. Which in turn produces fear, hate or disgust. But which can often melt away when they do end up interacting with these people. (Which isn't the case with smarmy supremacists or hostile idiots, but IS often so with the garden variety bigot, who I've seen warm up and shed their bigotry quite often when their ignorance was dispelled.)
A result is also that if humanity makes a mistake, they may make a VARIATION on that mistake. But unless there's this huge upheaval where the situation very radically changes. (And for slavery to come back I think the upheaval would have to be back to the stoneage with all history lost.) The EXACT same mistake isn't made again. Because people do teach their children SOMETHING about the mistakes of the past. Maybe not as much as would be best, but still, I think we can all agree that if there was ever another holocaust it will definitly not be against the jews, committed by germans. Something like that can't happen twice if people figured out that was wrong.
And slavery is like that. If the Androsynth are human (even if they act weird, but still are human, they'd be no less human then say... someone with particularly notable autism. Could you see those enslaved?) I mean... mistreated is one thing. Androsynth as human clones could be the subject of bigotry and mistreatment. But slavery is to much of stretch for me. That mistakes been made. There'd be tons of people opposing that vehemently. It's not feasible.
However if the Androsynth where more SYNTHETIC, that their human side was more ambiguous (Such as only being a brain.) Then that's a different story, because they'd appear much more robotic. Alot of people might think of them as robots with an organic processor. Biotechnology. Smart people would still figure out it's wrong, but smart people are always the minority. And with a more artificial Androsynth, slavery (especially if dressed up in the sense of seeing them as a product to by, rather then an actual slave (Even if de facto that WOULD be slavery), becomes far more realistic to me.
Again, it's my OPINION. Maybe the Androsynth where intended to be just human clones that where slaves. It's just I don't find that a particularly plausible storyline myself. And it becomes far more plausible to me if Androsynth are more artificial and less human. The more human they are, the less I buy it, simply because slavery's been a mistake already made (with other humans.)
I mean I'm cynical about humanity myself, but not because I think the world is full of evil people. More because the world is full of ignorant people, not evil people. But even the most ignorant people know slavery was not a good idea. And the ones that don't are an actively malevolent minority, and not a big one either.
So yeah, that's my view on it.
If I had to find a compromise though and have them be fully human clones and still enslaved I guess their method of creation and what comes out of it would be very artificial. Like grown to adulthood in a vat, neuter and genderless, and programmed instead of learning things. However even like that it stretches my suspense of disbelief a little more then more ambiguous synthoid brainclones do. Fact is, the more human they are, the more recognizably they bleed.