[LMB] FF: Chapter 11

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Mon Sep 23 23:07:12 BST 2013


Ezar made choices that maximized the probability of reaching his goals -
perfectly rational.  We don't like his goals much, but depending on the
nature of the goal, it's either purely subjective or very difficult to
examine objectively.  Whether they tend to result in the desired outcomes
is very, very objective, and far easier to determine.

Did you ever notice that Ezar and Cordelia are actually rather alike?  The
difference is in their values, not their analysis.

In other words, the fundamental difference between a villain like Van Atta
and a hero like Graf is *competence*.  Choosing one's goals - and values -
requires expertise and skill as much as anything else.

Matt G.


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