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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

    Hello everyone

    By AshRyan,
    Hi, my name's Andrew, but I prefer to go by Ash. I'm a philosophy major at the University of Utah, also a first year student at the OAC. I actually learn much more of value at the latter, but I still attend the former school because I think it will probably be a good idea to have the degree. My classes at the U are mostly a waste of time and money, my professors are apathetic at best, and my fellow students there...I don't even want to talk about them. (I have a theory that most students who choose philosophy as their major do so only because they're too stupid to take anything else, like one of the "hard" sciences; this was recently confirmed for me when a fellow student, in his eighth year at the university, told me that he'd finally decided on a philosophy major because "it's the easiest one.") My main interest and career goal is fiction writing, particularly novels. I have many other interests, including music, film, psychology, politics, non-fiction philosophical writing, etc. I'm not a very "social" person, mainly because of an apparent lack of rational, honest people to meet around where I live. I'm looking forward to having rational conversations with like-minded individuals on this board.

    OO.net is a great place

    By PlasticCarrot,
    This is a reaslly cool idea, and I hope it takes off. I've yet to see an objectivist web board worth its salt, so I hope this one will be that, because this is the perfect forum to organize objectivists, who seem to be loners by nature. I look forward to watching this community grow. Rebecca Artis, Tucson AZ

    Website Description

    By DavidV,
    Since I started an Objectivism Club at my university a year ago with some fellow students, our club has been very active in promoting Ayn Rand's ideas in campus and off. In the process of hosting speakers, coming up with "lesson plans" for meetings, writing presentations and designing many, many fliers, I¡¦ve found it a challenge to effectively communicate with like-minded individual and other Objectivist campus clubs. The Ayn Rand Institute has been very helpful with material support, speakers, and literature, but without a peer-based website, it cannot really form an online community for college students like me. I believe that a new a new site oriented specifically towards university students and campus Objectivist clubs could be very helpful in increasing communication among rational students, sharing materials, encouraging writing, sharing strategies and success stories, and facilitating active discussion in philosophy to increase student¡¦s interest in Objectivism. The website will be dynamic and multi-user, allowing members, rather than a single webmaster to manage the site, so that each day will bring new content. There are a number of primary features that I have in mind: A discussion forum with a variety of categories of interest to casual and in-depth students of Objectivist.

    A section to allow the submission of essays and editorials for constructive criticism by peers. I believe that writing about your ideas is the most effective way to learn to communicate them effectively, and this website will provide a forum for beginning writers to present their work while they build up their skill and confidence.

    A "propaganda" section to share fliers, lesson plans, meeting agendas and ideas, and other promotional materials.

    Photo albums of meetings, speeches, debates, etc (general and per club)

    A "swap" section, for buying and selling used books, tapes, videos and other materials that may be hard to find or expensive to get new.

    A live chat, perhaps featuring scheduled chats with prominent Objectivists, or just pre-arranged topics.

    Hosted websites¡V free hosting of club pages with templates provided for keeping documents, calendars, and membership lists and generally making professional-looking sites.

    An "objectivists near you" section to find whether other like-minded students go to your university (and perhaps a personals section at some later date.)
    The website will be designed with one of the popular open-source content-management systems, probably written in php/mysql. The name is still in the air -- newintellectual.net is just a working title. I believe that there will definitely arise a need for such a site as Objectivism grows in popularity (if we intent to change direction of academia 180%), and I¡¦d rather create this website too early rather than too late.

    The Battle Within

    By Guest,

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