Science, the dominant way of knowing of our age, now finds itself caught between a rock and (very) hard place.
How does one “convince” a robot of anything, when changing your mind about an issue implies free will, which materialists are impelled to deny?
“To a materialist our subjective thoughts are not real. But our thoughts and beliefs have real consequences.”
An attribute of a good sci-fi story is that it should open new vistas for the imagination while, at the same time, not requiring the reader to put up with the preposterous.
There are many solid, trustworthy inferences in modern science, but there are those that are not very trustworthy at all.