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    Objectivism Is The Everyman's Philosophy

    In the universe, what you see is what you get,

    figuring it out for yourself is the way to happiness,

    and each person's independence is respected by all

  • Rand's Philosophy in Her Own Words

    • "Metaphysics: Objective Reality"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed/Wishing won’t make it so." "The universe exists independent of consciousness"
    • "Epistemology: Reason" "You can’t eat your cake and have it, too." "Thinking is man’s only basic virtue"
    • "Ethics: Self-interest" "Man is an end in himself." "Man must act for his own rational self-interest" "The purpose of morality is to teach you[...] to enjoy yourself and live"
    • "Politics: Capitalism" "Give me liberty or give me death." "If life on earth is [a man's] purpose, he has a right to live as a rational being"
  • Objectivism Online Chat

    Is art better than sports?

    By Nicky,
    ...can't think of anything to add to that question (we all know what art and sports are, and what they're for), so please go ahead and just answer it. Or ask for clarification, I'd be happy to try and provide it.

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four Things

    1. If you want to see the solar eclipse -- but avoid the hurricane evacuation-like commute -- fly Southwest:Brilliant marketing idea. Since the article lists only five flights, I hope they can follow the above suggestion.

    2. Of all things, there's a battle royale over control of Snopes:If you value having a ready-made salvo of facts and common sense at your disposal whenever the credulous, the misinformed, or the young come a-knocking, you might consider donating.

    3. Quote of the Week:The full context comes from a video segment of a Q&A on Equal Is Unfair that was blogged by PJ Media. This comes in answer to a question, "Don't Western companies hurt poor workers in developing nations by paying them too little?" raised by someone who, from the looks of it, doesn't really give a damn about the answer. That's okay, because almost anyone else who hears this will learn something. Watch it for catharsis, sure. But also keep it in mind when someone who really does wonder about that issue asks a similar question. (via HBL)

    4. Carrie-Ann Biondi, a philosophy professor, has written one of the most benevolent pieces about Ayn Rand I have ever seen in popular media. She starts by asking, "Mocked by philosophers, adored by readers -- what is the enduring allure of Ayn Rand?" And she finishes as follows:This isn't even the most enjoyable part, but I like the general overview. (via Randex)

    -- CAV Link to Original

    The DIM Hypothesis - by Leonard Peikoff

    By softwareNerd,
    Amazon says it is to be released on Sept 4, 2012.

    "Epiphenomenon" in Philosophy of Mind as an Anti-Concept

    Introduction: By "epiphenomenonal" I do not mean those perfectly valid descriptions appropriate to the context of physics and biology to articulate those phenomena which can be termed non-primary insofar as their effects are correlated with some relevant primary effects, but are not suspected to be their cause (see: Epiphenomenon subsections "Medicine" and "Electromagnetism"). Instead I mean the usage common to materialist theories of mind, i.e. the doctrine that consciousness exists, but is fundamentally acausal in the physical sense (as though there could exist some rupture between physicality and causality). In this sense consciousness does not affect the brain in any meaningful way, but is "epiphenomenal" - an illusory and metaphysically impotent byproduct of our third-person ontology. Argument: "Epiphenomenon" in this sense is an anti-concept, and more specifically, a stolen concept. When speaking to the referents of the concept of "nothing" in the appendix to Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, Ayn Rand describes such negative concepts as "purely relative". She remarks later on that "[n]on-existence - apart from what it is that doesn't exist - is an impossible concept. It's a hole - a literal blank, a zero". In our case of the concept "epiphenomenon", the relative distinction has been collapsed - the referent in question is both "non existent" and the "what it is". The omissions relevant to the formation of the concept "nothing" are the totality of the measurements belonging to the existents whose absence is being signified. The omissions relevant to the the formation of the concept "being" are the the totality of the measurements of the measurements belonging to the existents whose existence is being signified. In collapsing the just-mentioned distinction, the measurements and the measurement's measurements become one, absolving the relative character needed to produce anything of sense about an absence of being. This "sense" derives from the existent (read: causal) nature of all productions of knowledge and principles known. Put very simply, the attribution of acausality contradicts the requirements of knowing an existent to attribute. The absoluteness of reality and the principle of no metaphysical hierarchies guarantees the nonexistence of any gradations of existence, including the gradations of existence relative to putatively known existents. Conclusion: The adjectival form of "epiphenomenon" common to those materialist fetishizations of the human mind's nonexistence is an anti-concept, and just another poor way (albeit a fashionable one) of attempting to side-step the axiom of consciousness.

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