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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

    TIPS -- A good idea?

    By DavidV,
    When I first heard of it, I was as opposed to TIPS as anyone else, but this article changed my mind. IF we can get rid of the bloated FBI/CIA/Defense Dept bureacracy and replace it with a decentralized, part-citizen watchguard program, I think we would have a much cheaper and more effective security agency. What do you think?

    Hi Everyone

    Guest Paul Milligan
    By Guest Paul Milligan,
    Firstly I just wanted to say hi to everyone having just joined the group - I look forward to reading through the info on the site. Secondly, for those of you interested, the BBC in the UK are running a poll asking people to vote for their best loved book (fiction). They plan to announce the 'Top 100' at the end of this month (voting closes on Saturday, 19 April). It's against the rules for anyone to start an 'orchestrated mass vote', so I'll make no suggestion as to what to vote for - they're looking for novels. It didn't take me long to think of what to vote for! To nominate a book, go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bigread This could help spread objectivism a bit, depending on who you nominate. Best regards Paul

    Is volition a prerequisite for error?

    Guest Eric Lanser
    By Guest Eric Lanser,
    Is volition a prerequisitite for the possibility of error? The explanation would go: abstraction allows an entity with consciousness to omit certain aspects of an object. By ignoring those aspects, mistakes are possible. In fact, this seems to be precisely what we mean by "error" as opposed to ignorance. If we go near some radioactive substance and harm ourselves, we don't call this an error. We didn't misuse information but simply lacked it (in this case, we had no organ or instruments to detect radioactivity). Words (that I can think of at this hour) that capture parts of this meaning are: "accident," "detriment," etc. According to this theory, then, animals not possessing free will would not be capable of error. Actions that detriment them are simply a matter of ignorance or bad programming of one sort or another. Is this the proper meaning of what is commonly called "error?" If so, is this a valid distinction to draw within the realm of epistemological failures: volitional error vs. non-volitional ignorance?


    By Heather,
    I'm Heather in Sacramento, California. I like this site. I like the idea behind it. My aim is AdpiHeather. I'm not a web programmer, but let me know if there's anything I can do to help.

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