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  1. How did you adjust the data for all the varying situations? Example: you can't (shouldn't) count William Henry Harrison as a one term president, since he died in office and thus didn't have an opportunity to be a two term president. Did you count Teddy Roosevelt as a two termer? He was only elected once. Truman and LBJ too. Improved longevity is probably all you can take away from this. And maybe fewer assassinations.
  2. I believe this book was produced to answer your request: https://www.amazon.com/John-Galt-Innovators-Villainous-Destroying/dp/1511384468 I must confess I have not read it.
  3. Hey Mark, here’s an analogy for you: Carl Barney is the Werner von Braun of Objectivism. This likens Scientology to Nazism and Objectivism to the NASA of the moon landing. See the American flag here: You have to thank this guy: Sure, you have strongly negative feelings towards ARI, so you’ll object, but, there’s icing on the cake: this makes you the Tom Lehrer of Objectivism. Not so bad, eh?
  4. For example, if you're coming to this from a religious background, in other words you're grappling with the challenge to belief in god, try Atheism: The Case Against God by George H. Smith. It's written from an Objectivist perspective, and is a great book.
  5. Dollars to donuts Dupin is Mark from ARI Watch. Trying to drum up interest in his piece attacking Carl Barney. There was some discussion of it recently on OL: https://www.objectivistliving.com/forums/topic/17234-barney-tells-his-story/ My comment from over there: In earlier discussions I came out as a Barney defender, since I felt Mark's attacks had a lot of unfairness in them. But I don't have the time or energy for a rehash. It's out there on older threads, and it looks like Biddle is covering the rebuttals well enough. A sample: First, to criticize a private college for accepting students’ funds that come from government loans and grants is almost as absurd as criticizing a private supermarket for accepting customers’ funds that come from government welfare programs. https://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2016/05/the-times-smiles-and-sneers-at-carl-barney-ayn-rand-and-private-colleges/ Note to any ARIan readers: think of this as payback for James Valliant. Think you've got the high ground? Review The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics.
  6. This reads like something out of the Pick-up Artist literature. You ought to spend some time studying it. By rejecting her you made yourself irresistible, then when you became clingy, you were no longer a challenge for her. Your rejection went against her self-image as an attractive woman who can get any man she wants, so she had to get you to validate herself. After, rejecting you gets her even more self-validation, plus (maybe) a bit of payback. I don’t think it’s a dynamic that will ever result in a healthy relationship, so you need to write this one off.
  7. It's the opposite of a torch song. It conveys the kind of attitude that may help the OP move on. Sorry if you didn't like it.
  8. I have a feeling this song might help, even though it's about a good relationship that's (evidently) not going south.
  9. What are your thoughts on death bed conversions, or re-conversions? I'm thinking of people (like myself) who received the childhood imprinting of religious doctrines, particularly that you need to be right with God at the moment when you die, otherwise your soul is going eternally to the hot place. Christopher Hitchens even allowed that he might call for a priest at the last minute, and asked that people be kind to that poor suffering entity who was no longer himself. I wonder about the limits of "healthy transformation" in the face of childhood imprinting.
  10. This came to mind, though she's not a psychologist: If you know someone going through it, good chance this talk will be relatable. The transition from Catholic to Atheist is long in my past, so I'm more interested in people's thoughts/experiences with the social context of being a member of this particular oppressed minority. Especially at work. I avoid the subject at work, and when asked try to leave it at "I'm not religious". But there's always some nosy parker. I once had an outside consultant I had barely met tell me, intending it as friendly advice, that the only thing he knew about me is that I'm an atheist and that I shouldn't let people know that. He was from a communist country and hadn't been raised with religion, so he was speaking as one atheist to another. "Just tell them you're spiritual". Up to that point I'd only had one person quiz me about my religion, starting with "where do you attend church?"; suffice to say she was not about to take "I don't" as a final answer, and she was one to make the most of her time around the water cooler. And I didn't even use the "a" word. This was years ago, and I didn't stay there very long. Nevertheless, it rankles.
  11. ARI has just uploaded all of Peikoff's FHF lectures, with the Q&A's, to YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/user/AynRandInstitute/videos?disable_polymer=1 This one was of interest to me, not for the lecture (it's the same as what Rand delivered) but for the material before and after concerning her illness and death. It's been available before, but I'd never heard it.
  12. That last part might leave a wrong impression. When he was middle aged he tried to get into an arranged marriage, and it had to be with a virgin. This was because of his deep Catholic religious commitment, not that he was a pervert. I bet he died a virgin himself. On at least one occasion the father had to tell him he was too old. Here's a funny (and/or creepy) anecdote. Bruckner was one of Hitler's all time favorites, along with Wagner, Lehar, and Kalman (also a particular favorite of Rand's (and a Jew)). The conductor Herbert von Karajan related a story (this is in one of the bios of him) that he went to St. Florian's at Hitler's behest, and Hitler accompanied him to the crypt below the altar where Bruckner is buried, and had him stay alone there for an extended period (half an hour or so) to absorb Bruckner's spirit. He said it was just dark there and that whole experience was uncomfortable (not at all inspiring). One of Hitler's last orders was that the 2nd movement of the 7th be broadcast on the radio immediately after the announcement of his death. He specified this recording:
  13. Are you sure it's not "everyone is fallible" instead of "everyone is irrational"? From my experience with Shermer (and Randi), I expect that's the mix-up (/equivocation) being made by whichever reviewers you've seen.
  14. Ted's sister just posted a reminiscence on OL. http://www.objectivistliving.com/forums/topic/16758-ted-keer-rip/?do=findComment&comment=277620 The end is particularly memorable: " May this parting bit hopefully bring a smile...He was buried with a copy of Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology minus a few pages from which the kids crafted origami boats and sent off some honorary ashes downstream where he often wandered. " This calls to mind Leonard Bernstein being buried with his score of the Mahler 5th. He performed the Adagietto at the memorial service for Bobby Kennedy in 1968, here's that recording:
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