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HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Raises Question Of Why We Should Bother “Being Good”

Now let me be clear. This HBO show is incredibly violent, and full of nudity. I’m not suggesting you watch. In fact, don’t. But you can still join in on an interesting and worthwhile discussion the show has sparked. It’s among the most basic of human questions: Why should we be good? Producers of “Westwood” want viewers to feel sympathy and even anger for the robots when the park’s guests “kill” or otherwise brutalize them, even though the hosts aren’t really “dead” and all memories of what is done to them are erased. Still, viewers know something’s wrong with the whole arrangement. The question is–what? Or as a recent New York Times article asked: “What’s Wrong with Cruelty to Robots?” The authors of the article, psychologist Paul Bloom and new atheist Sam Harris, attempt to answer the question. They say that what makes it wrong is that the hosts possess consciousness, and with consciousness comes the capacity for suffering… (READ MORE)


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