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  1. This is a hypothetical question... What books/essays would a complete newbie, who has only read Ayn Rand's fiction, read first if his goal was at the end of 2 years to try to get a job at ARI as a general speaker/writer like Yaron Brook and Don Watkins? Pretend he can only read 2 pages a day... What could he do to give him his BEST shot at accomplishing his goal? What would bring him closest to his goal?
  2. Question is pretty much in the title: ...Affirmative action ,slavery, white priveledge, gangs, some rap music, selective knowledge of history etc. These things need to be dealt with, Any ideas?
  3. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6737786? Here is a short article saying that by raising the minimum wage and increasing taxes on the rich, the Gov. of Minnesota has improved Minnesota's economy. A family member posted this on facebook and for some reason I want to comment on it, but, I'm slow in intellectual matters. What would you say if you Had To respond to this article?
  4. People often say that " the true measure of a man is how that man treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. " I would say to that... "That's not true. If a person took what you said seriously (practiced what they preached) and wanted to be the best person he could be, according to your standards, then the person could only be great if he had no food, no job, no money, no significant other, no friends etc. because that person knows that in order to be great he has to leave those things for other people to have... I don't have to say how ridiculous that would be. Maybe you just mean being kind to strangers? There is nothing wrong with that, as long as you aren't sacrificing a great value like your child's life by being kind to strangers. Even then however, that shouldn't be the measure of a man. The true measure of a person is how well that person lives his life for himself as determined by nothing else but that person's best rational judgment. A rational judgment is a judgment not based on whim, instinct, intuition, or emotion but a judgment based on the facts of reality..." Obviously I'm still learning... I've been here for a while, but, I only recently started seriously studying philosophy and to top that off, I'm not really of the intellectual sort... so I'm curious to know how a more experienced Objectivist would respond to that common bromide other than "read this and that..." (assume the person was still open to reason and was basically just repeating what he heard all his life)... feel free to take it further than I did.
  5. Here is a post that fits this topics: http://deadstate.org/hashtag-designed-to-bash-millennials-get-hijacked-by-millennials-and-spits-truth/ I don't get the optimism some people have of the millenials, it seems that the millenials are just going to doom the economy even more... Remember "The Student Rebellion" essay in CTUI? Those kids had the same views as the kids today... they could've been even more left leaning... Every generation knows that something went wrong with the previous generations but they always turn around and blame the wrong people in those previous generations. To fix the problems they just have the same anti-liberty solutions that the previous generations had. The millenials, most likely, are only going to exacerbate the problem for the next generation and then the cycle of blame will continue...
  6. "A government investigation found 34,000 instances of Wells Fargo charging African Americans and Hispanics higher fees and rates on mortgages compared with white borrowers with similar credit profiles, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia." http://www.reuters.com/article/us-wells-lending-settlement-idUSBRE86B0V220120712 Just wanted to share this in case people here didn't know about it. It's another reminder that white on black racism still exists today.
  7. DISCLOSURE: I haven't finished reading or comprehending ITOE yet. Recently, I've seen people disparage reading books by saying basically that learning from experience is way more important. Here are some quotes: "I am not attracted to book smart. I could not care less about your college degree. I am attracted to raw intelligence. Really anyone can sit behind a desk. I want to know what you know beyond the realm of our society. And only living and seeking can give you that intelligence. We've got time. Let's sit on the rooftop at 2am and introduce me to your mind.." "Books only contain information (which can be true or false). Information isn't knowledge. Knowledge is gained from personal experience." "I'm an intellectual who doesn't read books" It seems to me something is going on here with these quotes but I can't put my finger on what it is... Maybe someone else can give their opinion on whether or not something is wrong with those quotes.
  8. I have a few more questions: 1. What role does biology and evolution play in masculinity and femininity? 2. Do you think biology and evolution have an influence on what women generally find attractive? 3. If there is a thread that talks about this can you please link it? 4. ... I don't think good looks are as helpful to men as it is to women when it comes to attracting the opposite sex. For instance, I think good looks would get a woman farther sexually (or even relationship-wise) with a man than vice versa. Do you think so too? If so, why do you think that is? If you think biology and/or evolution influences this... do you think that is some variant of determinism? This is a generalization, I know, and has it's limits. I , for one, wouldn't have sex with a girl without knowing much about her... even if she looked like the girl of my dreams... my hottest celebrity crush. 6. I've seen attractive woman with less attractive males and vice versa. Do you think it is different when a beautiful woman likes an ugly man than when a good looking man likes an ugly woman? Why or why not? I know you guys aren't mind readers (people are attracted to different things for various reasons) so some of these questions might seem impossible, but, if you can try to generalize a little then maybe you could answer. I think an Objectivist psychologist really should write a book on this because many people seem to disagree with Ayn on masculinity and femininity for some reason.
  9. People only know what I choose to show them buddy. I think I now know the real reason Ayn and Nathan brokeup and it's not even that deep... It is probably because they each kept on trying to analyze each other and they both got tired of being analyzed.
  10. So the o'ist answer to how to attract an attractive woman is basically self improvement? Well, I've just finished reading the 6 pillars of self esteem and I must say it's a damn good book... I will reread it again and again and practice the 6 pillars of self esteem until I've internalized everything. I'm very serious about this because I love my life.
  11. Yeah man, people make it so difficult... All I have to do is get more experience with interacting with girls and that will help me develop into that relaxed, confident, easy-going guy that most girls love!
  12. I've been reading quite a bit about this and all the conflicting advice is confusing. It's hard to tell the difference between fiction and fact. Is there a certain way you can be to maximize your chances at ending up with the girl you like or not? If so, then what do you suggest? I want something similar to "pick up artist" advice coming from an O'ist perspective, I guess. I don't agree that all women are the same but I do believe that there are certain ways you can act that will increase or decrease your chances with a girl. For instance, I think we can all agree that being nice will increase your chances and being mean or boring will decrease your chances for most women. If your answer is be a man of self esteem and be masculine... I would ask you to try to describe how a masculine man of self esteem would be around a woman he was attracted to and what kinds of things would he say? Also would he approach any random girl he finds in the street that he thinks is physically attractive? If so, then how would he approach the girl? What would he say? Does what he say not even matter? Also, how can a man be sexy? If anybody can link me to a book, article, essay to read or a video to watch that would great.
  13. What do you think of this quote? " To say, “It’s in the eyes of the beholder”—that, of course, would be pure subjectivism, if taken literally. It isn’t [a matter of] what you, for unknown reasons, decide to regard as beautiful. It is true, of course, that if there were no valuers, then nothing could be valued as beautiful or ugly, because values are created by the observing consciousness—but they are created by a standard based on reality. So here the issue is: values, including beauty, have to be judged as objective, not subjective or intrinsic. " http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/beauty.html
  14. Here is the general question... Is it racist to love your race? Are there racist ways to love your race and non-racist ways to love your race? Below are more specific questions: Is it racist to love your race because people from your race have higher IQs or are better at sports... Is that racist? How about in aesthetic issues... Is it racist to like a black person's skin tone or a white person's eyes. Is that racist? For instance, some white people might say, "We white people are the best looking race because look at all the people of other races trying to copy the way we look!" I've heard similar statements by black people... Or what about the other side of the coin... what about the people who dislike or hate the way they and other people of their race look? Is it best in that case to downplay other race's features and tell them that their race's features are beautiful? If you don't agree with downplaying the other race's features then what do you think would be the best action to take? We often hear "black is beautiful" in the United States for this reason I think. I remember back in school I heard they did a study with white and black dolls. When young black girls had a choice to pick between a white or a black doll they always went with the white doll. If you can articulate why you said yes or no then that would be helpful also.
  15. THANK YOU GUYS! Definitely have given me some ideas and have pointed me in the right direction! I don't think my professor will grade me down for expressing my views... I spoke up one time in class before when I disagreed with her and she just acted like I didn't say anything.