- Sep 29, 2021
- Basic Beliefs
You mistake that a direct self-sourced interest in outcomes is necessary to hold a will or for that will to be freely held or to be free.
Morality evolves logically from life. The distinction between living and non-living is need. The need for air, water, and food animates the living organism to seek ways to satisfy that need. We call something "good" if it meets a real need that we have as an individual, as a society, or as a species. We call something "bad" if it prevents us from meeting a real need or if it harms us unnecessarily.
The programmed Dwarf has no needs to satisfy, that's why it has no interests in any consequences. You have needs. And you care about consequences. You have an interest in the consequences of your choices. Thus, you choose the option with the best consequences.
We could, in theory, build a robot with an interest in the consequences of its choices. That would give it a criteria by which to make its choices.