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  1. Doug Morris

    Korzybski vs. Rand

    Since Korzybski died in 1950, it's not that surprising that he didn't discuss Rand.
  2. Doug Morris

    Korzybski vs. Rand

    A long time ago I read the science fiction mentioned by Invictus2017. I'm a little curious whether the following features in the science fiction came from Korzybski. The term "null-Aristotelianism". Abbreviating this term with a capital A with a bar over it, read "null-A". Emphasis on the need to integrate the cortex, seen as the seat or source of reason, and the thalamus, seen as the seat or source of emotion. Using "the cortico-thalamic pause" to achieve or maintain such integration. Referring to a particular reaction as "thalamically quick".
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    Korzybski vs. Rand

    To what extent is the failure of most current academic philosophers to take Ayn Rand seriously a reaction to what she said about Kant, and to what extent is it a reaction to other things she said?
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    Korzybski vs. Rand

    Do "the mental processes required as conditions for knowledge" include "evasions, equivocations, obfuscations, circumlocutions, non sequiturs, endless sentences leading nowhere, irrelevant side issues, clauses, sub-clauses and sub-sub-clauses, a meticulously lengthy proving of the obvious, and big chunks of the arbitrary thrown in as self-evident"?
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    Korzybski vs. Rand

    I maintain that what Ilya Startsev said about what Ayn Rand said about Kant misrepresents Ayn Rand's position. Apparently the complexity/illogic issue is leading us into a messy argument. But there is also the point I made that Ayn Rand made a number of more specific statements criticizing Kant's ideas, as can be seen from the Ayn Rand lexicon.
  6. Doug Morris

    Korzybski vs. Rand

    Ayn Rand is criticizing Kant not so much for complexity as for extensive, pervasive illogic, including a lack of definitions.
  7. Copied from the Ayn Rand lexicon, here is a relevant quote from Ayn RAnd. A given person’s sense of life is hard to identify conceptually, because it is hard to isolate: it is involved in everything about that person, in his every thought, emotion, action, in his every response, in his every choice and value, in his every spontaneous gesture, in his manner of moving, talking, smiling, in the total of his personality. It is that which makes him a “personality.” Introspectively, one’s own sense of life is experienced as an absolute and an irreducible primary—as that which one never questions, because the thought of questioning it never arises. Extrospectively, the sense of life of another person strikes one as an immediate, yet undefinable, impression—on very short acquaintance—an impression which often feels like certainty, yet is exasperatingly elusive, if one attempts to verify it. This leads many people to regard a sense of life as the province of some sort of special intuition, as a matter perceivable only by some special, non-rational insight. The exact opposite is true: a sense of life is not an irreducible primary, but a very complex sum; it can be felt, but it cannot be understood, by an automatic reaction; to be understood, it has to be analyzed, identified and verified conceptually. That automatic impression—of oneself or of others—is only a lead; left untranslated, it can be a very deceptive lead. But if and when that intangible impression is supported by and unites with the conscious judgment of one’s mind, the result is the most exultant form of certainty one can ever experience: it is the integration of mind and values. There are two aspects of man’s existence which are the special province and expression of his sense of life: love and art. “Philosophy and Sense of Life,” The Romantic Manifesto, 31
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    Korzybski vs. Rand

    If you look up Kant, Immanuel in the Ayn Rand lexicon, you will see that this is not what Rand said. Copying from Psychological Techniques, the last section of the lexicon's entry on Kant, the closest she comes to what you said is to describe Kant's technique as your conclusion must be brazenly clear, but your proof unintelligible. Your proof must be so tangled a mess that it will paralyze a reader’s critical faculty—a mess of evasions, equivocations, obfuscations, circumlocutions, non sequiturs, endless sentences leading nowhere, irrelevant side issues, clauses, sub-clauses and sub-sub-clauses, a meticulously lengthy proving of the obvious, and big chunks of the arbitrary thrown in as self-evident, erudite references to sciences, to pseudo-sciences, to the never-to-be-sciences, to the untraceable and the unprovable—all of it resting on a zero: the absence of definitions. This is still different from what you said. The lexicon also gives a number of more specific statements she made criticizing Kant's ideas.
  9. In defense of the Criminal Minds people, I should mention that there was at least one case of a better quote from Ayn Rand at the close of an episode. It started "Reason is not automatic." I forget the exact wording of the rest, but it was to the effect that those who reject it can not be swayed by it. The episode involved a deadly confrontation between a religious cult and the authorities.
  10. One time, at the end of a Criminal Minds episode, there was a quote attributed to Ayn Rand. It sounded a lot to me like a quote from Ellsworth Toohey, although I haven't checked to make sure of this. As I recall, it went "All men are brothers under the skin, and I for one would gladly skin humanity to prove it."
  11. Doug Morris

    Reblogged:Why Not a Landing Strip?

    Pets can be a complication too.
  12. A mixed economy would act like someone who has cancer, but has no understanding whatsoever of this, even if a few people are trying to tell him or her.
  13. My initial reaction is to interpret it as saying that we determine our own future. It is up to us to make the best future we can for ourselves, and not to make any excuses. The line that follows seems to say that the best results tend to take time to achieve.
  14. It wouldn't hurt to try again as long as you're prepared for rejection.
  15. I recall a specific instance of the "out of league" syndrome. I was at a gathering at the home of a man who owned the franchise on several fast food restaurants and had a very nice house. It was not an Objectivist gathering and I don't know what his philosophical views were. I think he was better off financially than most, if not all, of the rest of us at that gathering. (i was working in IT and was certainly not poor.) He mentioned a woman he was attracted to but didn't think he could have a relationship with because she was much richer. He said "I'm not crying poverty, but I'm not in her league." Her "league", if I understood correctly, included the ability to make a trip to Europe impulsively. Suppose I had known such a woman and been interested in her romantically. The financial difference would have been even greater. According to his reasoning, I should have dismissed any thought of attempting to get a relationship going. That doesn't really follow. It is of course possible to speculate about possible problems related to the financial difference, and even without that there's always the chance a relationship won't work out. But that doesn't mean one shouldn't try.