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  1. A thought about MMO's

    Hi I got lost in thought (make up your own joke here) and would like to know what an Objectivist would have to say on the following. Modern computer gaming is an art form, millions of dollars and experts from innumerable fields are used to create a product which is designed to utterly engross a person in a virtual world. The game designer is successful only insofar as they are able to persuade you to sacrifice other values - like moving out of your parents basement - for continuing the game. An unforseen effect of this is the number of people who choose to sacrifice their social lives and personal hygiene for the game. This has led to vast numbers of people suffering from a wide variety of problems, from social disorders to obesity. Now some game companies, like Nintendo, are encouraging users while playing to actually put the game down and get outside. I don't have a specific question here but wonder if anyone has any comments about this.
  2. Hello I have heard some Objectivists argue in favour of establishing a "Rights Respecting Republic" (I use the quotes as I have heard the exact same phrase used by different people) which would deny the right to vote to those perceived as enemies of Rights possessed by "Man Qua Man"; enemies such as Communists, Muslims, and others. Such a system would ensure a constitution based on Objectivism while preventing these groups from modifying and destroying it. I am wondering what board members here think of this. The fact that I've heard many Objectivists use the same phrase makes me wonder if it is an official Objectivist position expounded by Rand, Peikoff and others or if its simply the fact that I've encountered random nutters. Should such as system be used, if so how would abuses be prevented?
  3. Haven't seen you around in a while.

  4. I recall one conversation we had in which you stated Israel is not a Zionist State, maybe that is what you are referring to? I mean don't get me wrong, your reply was characteristically poetic and beautiful in its rhetoric, but what exactly am I imagining?
  5. You have me highly interested to know which of my beliefs are imaginary.
  6. You know for someone shown to have no knowledge of the situation at all you speak with absolute conviction. Why do ignorance and arrogance hang together like that?
  7. WWI, Revolutions, Conspiracy

    Many Marxists did look at WW1 as demonstrating the bankruptcy of the old order but are you suggesting an organized secret society of crypto-marxists pushing for war existed on a global scale?
  8. Modern art, Religion and self-esteem

    Interesting essay, thank you for posting it here for us.
  9. Miranda Warnings

    Why would they not be?
  10. He must have had some hard knocks for sure.
  11. Why is this not being considered terrorism?
  12. Starcraft 2 Beta

    I have to say based on the battle reports up on youtube this game is going to be WIN. Game of the decade material.
  13. Volition in Animals

    The meaning of volition is hinted at by the Lexicon in two entries, Volitional and Free Will. Also David, nice use of the Socratic Method.
  14. Volition in Animals

    What evidence would be accepted to show animals have volition? Tool creation, language use, a lack of tail, fur and scales?
  15. Property rights on the Internet

    So viewing a commercial site through offline browsing would be theft?
  16. Pursuing values is a relativistic affair, you have to continually weigh the pros and cons. In this context I think the effects on your financial situation and interpersonal relationships would be the key to analyse though depending on the nature of the hobby there may be other factors you need to weigh. The way that calculus works out is the rationality of your decision.
  17. Property rights on the Internet

    Interesting. 2 quick points, 1) Every site has a different TOS, a site designed to give images for free and a commercial site would differ in what they allow you to do. 2) Every user has a cache, presumably there is nothing wrong with revisiting a site offline and viewing an image from it even though the data is stored on your hard drive. 3) What you plan on doing with the picture also enters into it probably.
  18. Volition in Animals

    What external signs could an animal give to show it has 'focused its mind' as a 'matter of will'?
  19. "Whoever does not know how to lay his will into things, at least lays some meaning into them: that means, that means he has the fiath that they already obey a will" "Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from its readiness to fit in with our instinctual wishful impulses. " A lot of the great modern atheists have the same kind of critique you laid out. I agree, we're star dust, the universe conscious of its itself, etc etc. I agree, triumph over the universe is like the story of Sisyphus, it is impossible but the striving is what counts. After all, you don't want to be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U1-OmAICpU.
  20. "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me." 1 Corinthians 13:11 Children are not just 'smaller rational egoists' they are fundamentally different, they think and perceive differently than we do/ Here is a wiki article on it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_cognitive_development Does this change the picture?
  21. Fantasy movies and literature

    Hi Just a few comments. I don't know how much in Oism addresses the issue of a child's cognitive development, Oism mainly deals with adult, rational individuals which a child for clear neurological reasons is not. There are a lot of things in fantasy literature that appeal to children, magic, time travel, talking animals and magic flutes are all thoroughly realistic to them while long division and relativity are not; in most cases. A story about the collapse of the energy economy leading to break down in the acceptance of capitalist ideology in favour of a Hegelian or Marxist system would go clear over a child's head but the story of a Dark Lord who created rings for man, elves, and dwarves in his pursuit of absolute power would resonate with the child. As for using them as morality plays to children I think an Oist would say it depends entirely on what the morality play is about. Stories have a powerful ability to function as metaphor, reshaping the world and our role in it. Keep in mind Ayn Rand was was a fiction writer who used an imaginary world to teach something about life. If the stories teach individualism and self worth then go for it, if its about a darker message, like Goebbel's "Michael" or the Bible then you would run into problems. Two second Zip's comment there are a lot of idiots who use Oism to act like a smart ass, I would read Rand's Romantic Manifesto for more info about what Rand thought about these matters.
  22. Quantum Computer in hand?

    Bob, that's really cool news. Thanks for posting the link.
  23. Freedom of speech in the military

    Not as you presented it no.
  24. Good looks as a rational value

    I get your point 100% but dear god that's waayyy to evolved for me
  25. Do irrational humans have rights?

    Rawls, the issue of the non rational human comes up from time to time, there is a section of Oism that tries to cover that gap, make of it what you will http://forum.ObjectivismOnline.com/index.php?showtopic=1099
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