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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"
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    fundamental conflict between science and religion

    Godless Capitalist
    By Godless Capitalist,
    Many people subscribe to the view that science and religion do not conflict because they deal with different areas of knowledge. My counter to that argument is to point out that science is based on reality and reason, whereas religion is not. They are incompatible because they are based on contradictory premises. If you think that reality and reason are the proper basis for knowledge in science, you should think that they apply to all areas of knowledge. Most people reject this because they thin

    Objectivism and Theoretical Physics

    Godless Capitalist
    By Godless Capitalist,
    I get the Ayn Rand Institute's op-eds e-mailed to me. Most of them are pretty good, but this one seemed to be pushing a point way too far: http://www.aynrand.org/medialink/newton.shtml I'm not a physicist, but my wife is. Her comment was: "Seems like he's complaining about string theory and its 'applications'. Did he forget that string theory is just one branch of physics (albeit the frontier one). There is a fascinating history that mathematicians go about their work and decades

    US Selling Arms

    sanchopanza
    By sanchopanza,
    For some bizarre reason I'm the only right-winger in a class of leftists, a sociology class. While I can argue my side very well I need some help in providing a great backlash to the leftist lecturers who are quite light hearted generally and don't mind arguing with me at all. Anyway I'm looking for information on the retaliation to the age-old arguement that America sponsors terrorism by supplying terrorists with arms and training. Any suggestions regarding books, websites, essays, etc. will be

    Contradiction?

    ernie
    By ernie,
    Ayn Rand states that one should never initiate force for any reason. But in Atlas Shrugged, when Dagny, Francisco, and Hank go to rescue John Galt, she shoots and kills the guard. The other three characters tie their opponents and throw them into the bushes. She tells the guard to consider his options and make a choice. Dagny's motivation for shooting the guard seems to have been her anger at his refusal to choose. Doesn't this decision show a moment of weakness for Dagny Taggart? Or was sh

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