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  1. Doug Morris

    Red Cross

    What, exactly, does that charter say and do?
  2. As I understand her: Ayn Rand would agree with points 1 and 2. Point 3 seems to me to be more a scientific question. On the rest of your points, she disagreed with the concept of events being caused by previous events, instead thinking in terms of actions caused by entities that act.
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    Reblogged:Two on Kavanaugh

    Anyone we actually get on the Supreme Court is likely to be a mixed bag at best. If we don't get Kavanaugh, what will we get?
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    Classical music

    It might also help if we could clarify just which modern music Rand was referring to.
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    What is 'reason'?

    Don't we start using the Objectivist method to the best of our abillity at a very young age? Two things may obscure this. We use the method long before we are able to articulate it. We get a lot of help because other people are already using concepts and we can learn from them. What role do formal logic and probability theory play in forming concepts like "red", "chair", "food", and "kid"?
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    "Egoism and Others" by Merlin Jetton

    Merjet, I did a web search on Tony Garland and found someone who lives in a different place from whYNOT and who I would not expect to post on this blog. Farther down there was a Lowe's executive who lives in yet another place. Can you clarify your reaction to his real name?
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    Number of people in Atlantis

    It might also be worth noting that there were different kinds of dropouts. The people in Galt's Gulch, Dan Conway, the man who quit rather than order the Comet to proceed with a coal-burning engine, the man who lost concern for human life when his brother committed suicide, and the raiders were very different kids of dropouts, but they all stopped contributing their best productivity to the society. It might also be worth noting that society was being crushed not just by people dropping out but also by the destructive effects of government interference.
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    Fallacy of Logical Omniscience

    Suppose someone knows 1) Socrates is Athenian. 2) All Athenians are Greeks. 3) All Greeks are Europeans. 4) All Europeans are human. 5) Socrates is male. 6) Socrates is an adult. 7) All adult male humans are men. 8) All men are primates. 9) All primates are eutherians. 10) All eutherians are mammals. 11) All mammals are amniotes. 12) All amniotes are tetrapods 13) All tetrapods are vertebrates. 14) All vertebrates are chordates. 15) All chordates are bilaterians. 16) All bilaterians are animals. 17) All animals are opisthokonts. 18) All opisthokonts are eukaryotes. 19) All eukaryotes are organisms. 20) All organisms are mortal. It might take a little time and effort to make the connections and realize Socrates is mortal. How high a priority this is might depend on various things. Is our person very hungry, under attack, etc.? Does our person consider it a higher priority to evaluate Socrates' ideas?
  9. As I recall, Ayn Rand once said that she "learned to expect nothing from reviewers because of the so-called 'favorable" reviews, not the illiterate smears". Perhaps we should be cautious about judging Michael Shermer based on reviews.
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    "Egoism and Others" by Merlin Jetton

    I hope I'm not being too picky here. Shouldn't the word "arbitrary" be "optional"?
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    "Egoism and Others" by Merlin Jetton

    A different example of an irrational trade would be an addict buying more of whatever he or she is addicted to. Again, they may perceive it as being in their interests, but it is not. Here the key point is not how much the seller is getting, even if the seller is getting monopoly profits because the whole industry has been forced to operate outside the law. The key point is that perpetuating the addiction is against the addict's interests. This would be true even if the substance or whatever was being provided for free. (Providing it for free would not necessarily be generosity on the provider's part; I understand it is a common technique for getting people hooked.)
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    "Egoism and Others" by Merlin Jetton

    When I said "You probably don't gain that much", I was not talking about some absolute standard of muchness, and I was not implying that you gain little. I was saying that you don't gain as much as the child does, and you probably don't gain as much as the parents do. You answered the question you thought I was asking. Now please answer the question I was trying to ask.
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    "Egoism and Others" by Merlin Jetton

    I was trying to make the point that it doesn't matter whether the other party gains more or not. If you're getting the pleasure of playing chess, how is it against your interests if the other person is getting more? Now if you're saying that one should look for a way to tweak the relationship or your reaction to it, acceptable to both parties, that increases your benefit, that might be appropriate. But if you don't see any such way of tweaking, how is the relationship against your interests? If, at very little risk to yourself, you save the life of a child who is a stranger to you or a casual acquaintance, that child gains its whole life, and its parents gain greatly too. You probably don't gain that much. Does this mean you shouldn't save the child's life?
  14. I let government take from me because if I resist, they'll take it anyway, but they'll take more. If I resist hard enough, they may damage my property, throw me in jail, or even kill me. Most people haven't thought this through and would have trouble saying why they submit. Many people believe government has a right to take, but they are wrong. If it weren't for government's control over physical force, there wouldn't be much tendency to submit.
  15. During my adolescence an adult chemist told me about Noether's Theorem but didn't mention the author. As an undergraduate I asked a physics TA if Noether's Theorem and the Uncertainty Principle were related. He acknowledged the similarity that prompted the question but didn't know whether there was a connection. I have also been aware for some time that she was an important mathematician. I think this is the first time I've seen her credited with the theorem.