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"
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Does anyone know anything about his theories? I once read an article comparing his linguistic theories with some of Rand's views, and I can't find it now. Basically, I'm asking that if you know Chomsky's theories, and can point out some similarities to Objectivism, I'd be much obliged.
By Guest ginzershop,
Hey... I recently made the mistake on another Discussion Board of engaging a poster who claimed that "terrorists could be reasoned with" I thought it would be a quick KO... All I had to do was show that terrorists operate on a model of force or fear and therefore by definition can not be reasoned with.. But the response was a challenge to present a situation where ANYONE with an opposite viewpoint changed a course of action due to "reasoned discussion" I am wondering what the most significant bulletproof historical argument might be. Any ideas?
I'm tempted to get this and my budget it tight right now. has anyone listened to it? How much if any did it increase your level of understanding Objectivism? Feel free to comment on any of their other courses because I haven't ruled any of them out as of yet. this one looks the best to me though right now. http://www.aynrandbookstore2.com/store/pro...aitem=4&mitem=5
By Aussie Objectivist,
A quantized value is something that can exist only in specific quantities. For example, electric charge. The fundamental unit for electric charge is that on an electron; every charge is merely a whole number of electron charges. (The charges dealt with in daily life are so large that electrical charge appears to be a continuous variable). Time is not a discrete/quanitized value. Neither is distance. Now this is where I am confused... Take two points, A and B, that exist in space a certain distance apart (say, 1 metre, although that's completely arbitrary). No matter what their distance apart, there will always exist an infinite number of points between A and B. Thus, for an object at A to move to B, it must pass through an infinite number of points before it can ever reach B... But infinity, by definition, is beyond measurement. Thus, how can the object at A ever reach B? (Since it has to pass through an immesurable amount of points) Similarly, take two instants in time; t=0 and t=1 (second). There is an infinite number of instants between t=0 and t=1, therefore how can time ever "reach" t=1? I think the solution to these problems is associated with "space-time" which is generally considered to be another dimension. Somebody enlighten me.