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  1. Quite apropos, Rand writes in The Establishing of an Establishment " "[e]verything produces the effect of déja vu or déja entendu." After reading the article again, I have to conclude that "Deep State" is little more than "Establishment" in camouflage.
  2. This is a nice, succinct summation of the theme of The Romantic Manifesto.
  3. Onkar's talk has run its course, and has been started anew from the beginning in the mobile university. Drawing from Galt's speech, Onkar reiterates to whom the speech is directed, the remnant of rational minds still remaining in the world, asking them to join the strike and hasten the reclamation of a world to be reshaped by moral virtue. Onkar indicated that Galt gave his speech thus, contrasting it with the Declaration of Independence being a public declaration of the causes underscoring them as a rational appeal to the rest of the world citing: When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. By writing Atlas Shrugged, Rand likewise broadcasts Galt's speech to mankind, speaking to any mind that reads it, and reaching any mind that understands it. While not as dramatic as hijacking the radio-waves of the entire world for three hours, equally impressive is that the message is being continuously broadcast via a medium available anytime someone wants to settle down with her novel in the privacy of their own mind. She lays out the incontrovertible demonstration of morality's foundation to and in existence, and in pondering this, consider the incontrovertible demonstrations provided by the ancient Greeks in geometry and mathematics that are universally held today. She shows morality is just, and like justice, can preserve or destroy depending on adherence to it or abandonment of it. Onkar breaks Galt's Speech up as follows: The introduction (as the first 19 paragraphs per For The New Intellectual) The morality of life (paragraphs 20 through 88) The morality of death (paragraphs 89 through 206) Your choice is either the morality of life or the morality of death (paragraphs 207 through 296) The course outline breaks these groupings up further by identifying the paragraphs in accordance with his outline of Galt's Speech provided for the presentation.
  4. I have yet to finish the novel Ninety-Three. The references to both the landscape, events, and the vernacular of the time have me looking up terminology to make sense of the passages. I did enjoy the description of the "loose cannon" and the subsequent resolve that came from it. I've not come across a better explanation of a "loose cannon" elsewhere. Your alternative offered to my "philosophically dark" will put that "Collateral Damage" back into the queue to be reviewed again. Off the cuff, it had more to do with bringing in the intervening forces (the three thespians, in this case) to elucidate on the particular matters. One could argue that that the interactions with the other (often villainous) principles in Atlas Shrugged gave Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden deeper insights into the issues they were struggling to grasp. The 'darker' side, as I perceive it here, then, would be the greater weight being placed on the thespian roles as playing the bigger influence on the principles in Collateral Beauty, while Rand tended to put the onus of any discoveries more directly on Dagny or Hank. I didn't say this directly, but I do concur.
  5. Another article citing the RNA study two posts back on Science magazine's website: Chemists may be zeroing in on chemical reactions that sparked the first life . . . A handful of simple steps transformed the aldehyde into two compounds resembling adenine- and guanine-containing nucleotides, they report today in Nature Communications. The resemblance wasn’t perfect: In the base of each, a carbon atom was bound to an oxygen atom instead of a hydrogen atom as in the familiar purines. “It’s nice chemistry,” says Nicholas Hud, an RNA chemist at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. However, he says, that wayward oxygen atom is a key stumbling block. There’s no simple way to exchange it for hydrogen. And the unconventional purines might have been unable to form RNA analogs with the properties needed to spark life. Powner says he and his colleagues are now looking for solutions. If they succeed, the path from simple chemicals to life will be a whole lot clearer.
  6. New study sheds light on origins of life on Earth through molecular function Date: May 17, 2017 Source: University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Summary: Debate exists over how life began on Earth, but a new study provides evidence for a 'metabolism-first' model. Scientists have traced the origins and evolution of molecular functions through time. The study shows metabolism and binding arose first, followed by the functional activities of larger macromolecules and cellular machinery. The hypothesis: Caetano-Anollés and Ibrahim Koç, a visiting scholar in the department, found evidence for the "metabolism-first" hypothesis by studying the evolution of molecular functions in organisms representing all realms of life. For 249 organisms, their genomes -- or complete set of genes -- were available in a searchable database. What's unique about this particular resource, known as the Gene Ontology (GO) database, is the fact that for each gene product -- a protein or RNA molecule -- a set of terms describing its function goes with it. The experiment: The team used the information and advanced computational methods to construct a tree that traced the most likely evolutionary path of molecular functions through time. At the base of the tree, close to its roots, were the most ancient functions. The most recent were close to the crown. The observation: At the base of the tree, corresponding to the origin of life on Earth, were functions related to metabolism and binding. "It is logical that these two functions started very early because molecules first needed to generate energy through metabolism and had to interact with other molecules through binding," Caetano-Anollés explains. The next major advancements were functions that made the rise of macromolecules possible, which is when RNA might have entered the picture. Next came the machinery that integrated molecules into cells, followed by the rise of functions allowing communication between cells and their environments. "Finally, as you move toward the crown of the tree, you start seeing functions related to highly sophisticated processes involving things like muscle, skin, or the nervous system," Caetano-Anolles says. Of course if you search for and stack your molecular functions from simplest to most complex, is it a reflection of the order of chronological precedence, or a sorting based on expectation that the most ancient functions and most recent go according to the rules that were written in the computer program?
  7. How RNA formed at the origins of life Date: May 19, 2017 Source: University College London Summary: A single process for how a group of molecules called nucleotides were made on the early Earth, before life began, has been suggested by a team of researchers. The crux of the article. The team demonstrated how purines and pyrimidine nucleotides can both be assembled on the same sugar scaffold to form molecules called ribonucleotides which are used to construct RNA. Purine and pyrimidine nucleotides are used to create the DNA and RNA. The purine and pyrimidine nucleotides bind to one another through specific molecular interactions that provide a mechanism to copy and transfer information at the molecular level, which is essential for genetics, replication and evolution. Therefore understanding the origins of nucleotides is thought to be key to understanding the origins of life itself. The team discovered that molecules, called 8-oxo-adenosine and 8-oxo-inosine, which are purine ribonucleotides, can be formed under the same chemical conditions as the natural pyrimidine ribonucleotides. They also found that one chemical precursor can divergently yield both purine and pyrimidine ribonucleotides. "The mechanism we've reported gives both classes of molecule the same stereochemistry that is universally found in the sugar scaffold of biological nucleic acids, suggesting that 8-oxo-purine ribonucleotides may have played a key role in primordial nucleic acids," said Dr Shaun Stairs (UCL Chemistry), first author of the study.
  8. Over at Real Clear Education, Homeschool Advocates to Betsy DeVos: We ‘Want to Be Left Alone by Federal Government’ The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) are pretty clear that when the government funds something, it also attaches the strings. On a positive note, "Common Core and other federal overreach in public education has driven more families to choose homeschooling.” The crux of the article is as follows. In February, Iowa Rep. Steve King created a firestorm when he introduced H.R. 610, the Choices in Education Act of 2017, a bill that Estrada asserted “would be a slippery slope toward more federal involvement and control in homeschooling.” Estrada explained the bill would essentially create a “federal right to homeschool”: While this sounds good, HSLDA has fought — successfully—for decades to make sure that there is no “federal right to homeschool” because what could be created by a favorable Congress could be regulated by a future, hostile Congress. It is far better (and far more constitutionally sound) for education decisions—and homeschool freedom—to be protected at the state level. We ask our friends at the federal level to simply leave homeschooling families alone. [bold emphasis added] While this may be self-evident to the more astute reader, seeing it stated so clearly and forthrightly makes it readily available to many who might read it and go: Hmm. That's a good point. Many here are aware of lassie-faire with regard to economics transmitting the message of 'leave us alone', or 'let us be' to government—it is good to see it flourishing in the smaller mom and pop gardens on the educational front as well. Education is far to important to be relegated to the machinery of state.
  9. A.) Isn't thought an action, or are mental actions to be differentiated from the physical actions that the mental actions are at the root of? B.) Isn't the alternative to rational thought evasion? C.) See "A.)" D.) The crow sets a limit to everything. Within the scope of that limit, can it be considered a psychosis or obsession? I'm going to venture a yes with the caveat that it can curtail the very benefit that being rational is charged with delivering. About the topic title, can you expound on the ellipses, or are you counting on implicit import to color any responses?
  10. Based on the presentation A Study of Galt's Speech, by Onkar Ghate, the subject of an ARI e-mail in the ongoing celebration of Atlas Shrugged's sixtieth anniversary. In the introductory talk, near the end, Onkar raises the point that originally Miss Rand had written her first draft to address Objectivism in hierarchal order. This is confirmed in writing elsewhere, as well by an Ayn Rand associate and member of the audience, Harry Binswanger. Onkar offers the suggestion that it was reorganized to follow the theme of the book, the role of man's mind for survival. Per the course outline, (included as a pdf in the purchase), the first 19 paragraphs are considered the introduction. Per the novel, they oscillate between initially perceptually confirmable detail and their more abstract counterparts—from the question on everybody's mind (in the novel) at one time or another: "Who is John Galt?"—to the fact that was becoming increasingly undeniable: Where have the Hank Rearden's and the Ellis Wyatt's seemingly vanished to?
  11. Still Waters Run Deep The rivers flow forth from their source, their mouths feast on oceans and seas. Mankind’s hist’try runs it course, ‘tween its berms of philosophies.
  12. Scott Ryan's critique is of the Objectivist epistemology. Two lectures I've found most helpful in understanding concept formation and identification of various aspects of similarity were and still are Consciousness As Identification and Abstractions From Abstractions by Harry Binswanger. One of the reasons Scott's critique often offers a degree of plausibility is because it is framed from the way most of us were taught how to learn language.
  13. A link on that page leads to here: Member: Ayn Rand Library This collection is [supposed to be] based on original holdings and other documentation contained in the Ayn Rand Papers, held at the Ayn Rand Archives. Although many of her original books were sold at auction, we have copies of their title pages and any marginalia. We've been purchasing facsimile copies and are excited to rebuild and share her library here. This page also provides a link to the Ayn Rand Archives. (which only provides a prima facie case for its veracity.) The two Dr. Seuss books raised an eyebrow, but the Reader's Digest, Jan. 44 containing her article "The Only Path to Tomorrow", the two copies of Isabelle Paterson's The God of the Machine, Babbitt, The Complete Works of O'Henry, the many books on architecture, trains, etc., tend to put forth and lend an air of plausibility. Is there a demonstrable contradiction contained in the listing?
  14. I would think the size of the crow is dictated by the nature of the particular individual. Perhaps with some focus, it could be expanded some, but I think that the 'professional gamers', just have a 'larger crow' in their area of competence to begin with.
  15. I find myself taking some solace in this. Answering the question about the three-gilded balls asked elsewhere on this forum, I found myself drawn to the paragraphs surrounding “A leash is only a rope with a noose at both ends.” Putting this in perspective with “guilt is a rope that wears thin,” the solace comes from a rather unexpected source: Joseph Campbell, in his documentary done with Bill Moyers where he states “And when you approach a modern city, it's office buildings and dwellings that are the tallest things in the place.’ To extrapolate from this, it is not only the center of economic life; it is also the center of life that makes the economics possible. Newsprint, radio, television, all have the same 20th century ‘Gutenberg’ deemed as ‘the internet’ to deal with. To be sure, many newspapers supplement their daily editions with internet excerpts. Searching the internet for stories yields plenty of drab gray supplemental excerpts toting the same “thin blue line” approach. The modern “underground railroad” consists of multiple tracks leading off in various directions. Lew Rockwell, World Net Daily, The Drudge Report, Real Clear …, present points of view from an Anarchical, Religious, Right Wing, Mixed Premise, point of view. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the “Pillars of Hercules” was Canada. In today’s vernacular, the Gate of Hercules is a nearly forgotten reference to the modern day reference of a bridge-way to the City of Atlantis. Lest the way to the ‘Promised Land’ be lost, it is imperative that sight be retained on the Rosetta Stone—not of language per se—but of thought. Use this thought to guide yourself in the selections of such information provided by the likes of Gus Van Horn, ARI, The Objective Standard, etc, toward lighthouses dotting the sea course at bay.