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  1. What are you listening at the moment?

    I'll saw your Swirling Eddies and call with an eddy of the planets.
  2. What are you listening at the moment?

    Interesting, the emphasis on evasion as of late. Assembling a puzzle can be accomplished without the box-top . . . if careful attention is distributed to identification of what factors justify the adjoining of any two (or more) pieces together. Here are the lyrics for:
  3. Is "groupthink" an anti-concept?

    Individuals choose what they learn. One of the adages I grew up with was: Your actions speak so loudly that I cannot hear what you are saying. It was pretty powerful medicine, if you ask me. Properly administered, the symptoms might be mistaken for those of an anesthesia. As near as I have been able to discover, teaching is a psychological phenomenon.
  4. Is "groupthink" an anti-concept?

    While Janis recognized the positive role that concurrence-seeking played in the development of group cohesiveness, he argued that it was possible to achieve sufficient group cohesiveness without risking the negative consequences on decision making caused by excessive concurrence seeking. Imagined or not, how would this break the chains that bind a collectivist-altruist-mystic mentality to a group? A collectivist-altruistic mentality is going to resort to collectivist-altruistic means and tactics even if engaged in some "imagined notion" of concurrence seeking.
  5. Private Property-Who Does It Belong to Anyway?

    Supreme Court of Connecticut decision affirmed. Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005) was a case decided by the Supreme Court of the United States involving the use of eminent domain to transfer land from one private owner to another private owner to further economic development. As if the desire for more cows justifies cattle rustling. The arrival of Atlantis presupposes a context in which the consent for the transfer of a domain is acquiesced by its particular eminent.
  6. The Greatest Salesman On Earth

    Haven't ordered (or looked in the local brick -n- mortars), but I did locate this as further motivation.
  7. Is "groupthink" an anti-concept?

    ...kind of. It still needs to be checked in some (or many) ways against what you already know from your own experiences and thinking. Presumably the server of a valid conclusion has already integrated the material properly, and presents it in such a way that the recipients can integrate it on the basis of their own experiences and thinking.
  8. Is "groupthink" an anti-concept?

    In the battle for the mind, how does "groupthink" factor in? Each individual mind needs to do the work independently to arrive at a valid conclusion. The exchange of ideas can help to reduce the amount of time to discover valid conclusions, or conversely it can hinder reaching a valid conclusion. In order to streamline the process, those committed to such a task need establish the veracity of their idea(s) prior bringing them to the table. When a valid conclusion is served properly, it can then be consumed on the basis of its own merits.
  9. Mona Lisa Smile

    This movie is a periodic favorite of mine. It has a nice tightly packaged interplay between many different, clearly distinct characterizations. Katherine Watson's role, portrayed by Julia Roberts, is a pull no punches approach to individualism throughout. (Several examples provided in the hidden comments.) The examples given are of very tactful responses given during the course of the movie. See it for yourself, if you haven't already. Whether you buy it, rent it, or borrow it . . . it doesn't matter. Just see it.
  10. How Nazis Recruit Normie Conservatives For Meme Wars

    Even if a source of "groupthink" were hijacked, that in itself would not alter a general tendency for "groupthink." A far better course would be to identify the thinkers and gravitate towards the opportunities that offers.
  11. What are you listening at the moment?

    Disturbed—The Sound Of Silence
  12. As I scrolled through Digg's Long Reads this morning, I discovered this assessment of how the inter-connectivity of the internet with other technologies compared with: After a bad day at work, you return home to find a turnip, some lettuce, and a desultory chicken breast. That problem was the basic premise of the British cooking show Ready Steady Cook: Members of the public would throw together bags of groceries for a few pounds, and chefs would then make a serviceable meal out of these ingredients. This premise lasted 16 years and 1,895 episodes. Beyond their knife skills, what the chefs on Ready Steady Cook really offer is improvisational intelligence: the ability to come up with solutions to new problems on the spot. I found the title of this Torontonian highly caffeinated inspired article on several different levels. One of these levels is of the domino effect featured in several movies, such as Pixtar's Robots, and Warner Bros' Collateral Beauty. Then there's the tie-in to pizza, cascading quickly from Pizza Hut to the Domino chain. On yet a different level, is this excerpt featured as an excerpt in and from the article here: These interfaces appropriate both experience and effort, repurposing unseen human labor as machine magic. No one is working for you, only empowering you to make your own decisions [Bold mine.] The Domino Effect is by-lined as How machine logic infects our tastes. I'm not so sure that infects is the best verb to utilize as such, especially if you consider the machine as the frozen form of a living intelligence. (paraphrased from Galt's Speech.)
  13. Properly understood, Objectivism is not a manual for what to think, it is an introductory primer for how to do so.

  14. Education

    The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early-to-mid 19th century, and used by African-American slaves to escape into free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. Mark Scott used to tout on his radio show that education was far too important to be left in the hands of government. On occasion, he would reference the comprachicos, or comprapequenos, as Ayn Rand wrote about in her essay originally published in The Objectivist Newsletter in 1970, and subsequently republished in The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution. An astute observation of hers was the correlation between comprachicos of old, and the comprachicos of new, stated as: This is the ingenuity practiced by most of today's educators. They are the comprachicos of the mind. Ingenuity, as used in the above quote, probably should have been placed in scare quotes. It is not ingenuity. Due to a stupefying powder, the disfiguring done of old, was done without the victim's knowledge. The disfiguring done of new, is done without anesthesia, and is a slow, drawn out process. Those who can protect themselves, do. Those who cannot are irretrievably deprived of themselves in such a way as they are unable to detect (this, perhaps, is a supposition on my behalf, and a disguised blessing on their behalf). Many African-American slaves resigned themselves to the lives they found themselves within. Others suspected that something was amiss. The history of the underground railroad sorted them out accordingly. It is one thing to move a railroad underground. An underground railroad is what precipitated into this post. This appears to have come full circle. The alternative, as near as I can tell, would be nothing less than an infinite regress.
  15. Dream_Weaver's Allusions

    The Forgotten Path A line between two points that's straight, with compass scribe an arc. Project between dependent views, with gutter spike leave mark. Upon a page, line after line, filled with repeated letter. Duplicate each stroke in kind, while penmanship gets better. Descript geometry's an art programmers try to capture. Their lines of code, while often bold, must correlate to rapture. Planography that's based on keys, to truly understand, must break them down and make them sound to not face reprimand. To all of this add tolerance; a band of width that's known— related to an origin, to reap from what was sown. Pythagoras, his theorems held, for proof, one looked to see. The evidence of senses saw, the observed, thus, must be. The rank and file, lest't be defiled, should on this onus stand. The penalty, if varied much, deserves such reprimand. With more to write, yet less to say, The penalties, though come what may. Determine what lies in the course, But do not account for the horse.