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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. Has anyone else noticed a notion of "Deep State", apparently originating from Turkish ideological lore, making inroads as a shadow government within a shadow government even here in the good ole US of A? Given this google search, it doesn't appear to be just a libertarian phenomenon.
  3. This is a nice, succinct summation of the theme of The Romantic Manifesto.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. Since art is a philosophical composite, it is not a contradiction to say: "This is a great work of art, but I don't like it." — The Romantic Manifesto, pg. 43 Collateral Beauty. Ok. I don't know about it being a great work of art. I enjoyed it, esp. from the standpoint of concretizing between the abstract and the concrete. Howard (played by Will Smith) opens with a celebratory business oration that creates a stage for the abstractions of love, time, and death. After the tragic loss of Howard's daughter, fast forward to the successful company imploding due to Howard's inability to deal with the loss. By this time, Howard has written three letters addressed to "Time", "Love", and "Death", as revealed by a private investigator retained by one of his partners to look for evidence of incompetence. Three thespians are retained by the partners to 'answer' Howard's letters in person. As it turns out, the three partners are dealing with life issues that deal with "time", "love", and "death". An added layer of complexity is added to the plot. Going one layer of complexity deeper, Howard's ex-wife had met the character playing "Death" in the hospital while their 6 year old daughter passes away from a rare disease, passing on a tidbit about looking for 'collateral beauty' in the aftermath. Each of Howard's three other partners are entangled with the thespian representing the area of life with which they struggle. Whit, with the relationship to his daughter in the paradigm of a divorces gets matched with "Love". Simone, with the resurgence of a disease in his life gets paired with "Death". Claire got matched with "Time", albeit the connection had something to do with having children in the future. So, yes, I found it to be a good work of art, albeit, the focus on negative aspects of life put it more on the dark-side, philosophically. If you watched the Pixar flick "Robot", it would be hard to watch Collateral Beauty and not see a connection expounded on. relative to Bigweld in Pixar's "Robots". So yes, I think it is a good work of art, but there are elements I don't like.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Yeast not only gives rise to bread, it gave rise to an answer to a question that has eluded evolutionary biologists. "To understand why the world is full of plants and animals, including humans, we need to know how one-celled organisms made the switch to living as a group, as multicelled organisms," said Sam Scheiner, program director in the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Division of Environmental Biology. "This study is the first to experimentally observe that transition, providing a look at an event that took place hundreds of millions of years ago."
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. The Creators I looked out at the starry sky; my thoughts gave way to awe. I reminisced about my day and some wonders I had saw. A drive nearby a building site where skilled men with tools toil, A structure began to take its shape and rise above the soil. In a quarry by those who plied their trade, cleaved granite along its rift, A foundation worth every penny paid, once set, it would not drift. The wood from trees was hewn then cut, some lumber thus was made, It was sorted out in several piles, according to each, their grade. From a mine deep ‘neath the ground, the ore brought up by rails, A smelter’s furnace burning hot would help to make the nails. He retraced in his mind what had guided his hands, As the architect studied his blueprints and plans. I looked out at the starry sky; my thoughts gave way to awe. I reminisced about my day and some wonders I had saw. The structure began to take its shape and rise above the ground, Creation based on reasoning, helps to keep the process sound. Gregory S. Lewis
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. PHPFreeChat has two versions at this time. Version 2.1.0 has a feature list, indicated a number of features that have not been implemented yet. Version 1.7 states to be a well tested, full feature chat. The coming soon list for V2 includes features I'm guessing are probably part of the full featured V1 setup. be able to rename the username (/nick command) be able to create private messages multi-channel management long polling refresh system (to improve reactvity) user's avatars management user's role/rights management (admin, users) user's presence management (away, online) messages with smiley messages with url detection (open in a new window) messages with color, bold, or underline news message notification log message system Eiuol, epistemologue, I recognize some of these from when I used to roam IRC-land. Does the "tried and true" trump "beta-testing" in this regard?
  21. The Muse of the Curtain Call Where has the adventure gone? When did it up and leave? Yon future has yet still to spawn, the past—packed in its sleeve. Recanting tales from days of old, grand splendor yet to come. Whilst scales of justice mete what’s told, causality keeps sum. Behold the context that’s perceived, keep it clear in mind. Lest conceptually deceived, make wisps of fog that bind. Entities are presupposed in all actions observed. Thought analyzed and recomposed, for clarity deserved. Awareness comes not divvied up, focus starts that process. Before coffee pours in a cup, there’s much to coalesce. Value presupposes life, it’s enacted on the stage. In examples that are rife, performers earn their wage. The politic doth interact, with more complexity. Freedom to live or suicide pact, enforced collectively. The curtain’s up, the cast’s on set, there is no dress rehearsal. Ad-libbed scripts form epithet, this play’s quite universal.
  22. With IPS discontinuing chat, identifying a hierarchy—topic-wise—may be something I can readily relate to and implement, depending on the complexity and logistics of such a task. Typically, I search on keywords or phrases to find previous postings. I don't see, offhand, how restructuring the database configuration would augment that.
  23. Perusing a Wikipedia entry on monomyth, part of which is expressed as: As a strong believer in the psychic unity of mankind and its poetic expression through mythology, Campbell made use of the concept to express the idea that the whole of the human race can be seen as engaged in the effort of making the world "transparent to transcendence" by showing that underneath the world of phenomena lies an eternal source which is constantly pouring its energies into this world of time, suffering, and ultimately death. To achieve this task one needs to speak about things that existed before and beyond words, a seemingly impossible task, the solution to which lies in the metaphors found in myths. These metaphors are statements that point beyond themselves into the transcendent. The Hero's Journey was the story of the man or woman who, through great suffering, reached an experience of the eternal source and returned with gifts powerful enough to set their society free. [bold added] As this story spread through space and evolved through time, it was broken down into various local forms (masks), depending on the social structures and environmental pressures that existed for the culture that interpreted it. The basic structure, however, has remained relatively unchanged and can be classified using the various stages of a hero's adventure through the story, stages such as the Call to Adventure, Receiving Supernatural Aid, Meeting with the Goddess/Atonement with the Father and Return. These stages, as well as the symbols one encounters throughout the story, provide the necessary metaphors to express the spiritual truths the story is trying to convey. Metaphor for Campbell, in contrast with comparisons which make use of the word like, pretend to a literal interpretation of what they are referring to, as in the sentence "Jesus is the Son of God" rather than "the relationship of man to God is like that of a son to a father".[30] For example, according to Campbell, the Genesis myth from the Bible ought not be taken as a literal description of historical events happening in our current understanding of time and space, but as a metaphor for the rise of man's cognitive consciousness as it evolved from a prior animal state,[citation needed] though David Watson and others reject this view.[31] [bold added] [Bold isolated] "To achieve this task one needs to speak about things that existed before and beyond words, a seemingly impossible task, the solution to which lies in the metaphors found in myths." "These stages, as well as the symbols one encounters throughout the story, provide the necessary metaphors to express the spiritual truths the story is trying to convey." The primacy of existence lends credence to the things that existed before and beyond words. The symbols one encounters throughout the myth are words. Conceptual consciousness uses such symbols (words) as the means of retaining the distilled product of the process of identification. Note that the necessary metaphors are not for conveying the spiritual truth, the metaphors are for merely expressing what they are trying to convey. Rand, by her own pen at the end of page 33 in ITOE chapter 4 on Concepts of Consciousness wrote: "(By "spiritual" I mean "pertaining to consciousness" . . .)" Is spiritual truth then to be universally acclaimed as "truths pertaining to consciousness"? Is, then, a metaphor simply a stage in a conceptual breakdown, or perhaps a step in a reduction of a broader theme—or just perhaps a vague clue indicating a potential avenue down ones own personally selfish pursuit? The alleged solution to a "seemingly impossible task" is thus masked in the metaphors found in myths. Is this a solution, or another metaphoric rendering of a further disguise of Gaia? Perhaps the riddle is further ensconced in one of the many steps outlined by Joseph Campbell of the hero's journey? Did he possess nature's enigma machine? Did he use the device to decrypt the myths, and then use it once again to encrypt the results he got? Hearken back to the symbols. Keep in mind Rand's exhortation and admonishment to continually make the distinction between the metaphysical versus the man-made. Keep also in mind her recognition that many of the myths are distorted, dramatized allegories based on some element of truth. I think the value of Campbell's works lies primarily in his assemblage the myths. His similarities and differences may offer clues to their deciphering, but I suspect this is secondary, at best.
  24. "Observe the persistence, in mankind's mythologies, of the legend about a paradise that men had once possessed, the city of Atlantis or the Garden of Eden or some kingdom of perfection, always behind us. The root of that legend exists, not in the past of the race, but in the past of every man. You still retain a sense—not as firm as a memory, but diffused like the pain of hopeless longing—that somewhere in the starting years of your childhood, before you had learned to submit, to absorb the terror of unreason and to doubt the value of your mind, you had known a radiant state of existence, you had known the independence of a rational consciousness facing an open universe. That is the paradise which you have lost, which you seek—which is yours for the taking. — For The New Intellectual, page 177 Joseph Campbell has done extensive work in collecting mythology from all around the world, offering one of the most secular explanations from his analysis of the similarity and differences between them. In The Romantic Manifesto, Ayn Rand decried the absence of rationality in the field of esthetics and provided her keen insights into the nature of art in her most controversial work. There are a few here, that have expressed interest in Joseph Campbell's works. His book The Hero With A Thousand Faces was to him what The Fountainhead was to Ayn Rand, setting each, in their respective areas, a notoriety they had not had prior to their respective publications.
  25. A short ode to Myth: The ancient Myths, thick swirling fog, rendered from emotion, are guideposts for some wayward minds, set firmly in commotion. As poets write their prose and rhymes, oft with their mystic insight, get read and heard and spread by those, who are not yet quite contrite. The Myths, you see, are you and me, ensconced in cryptic verse, lest the outcome’s progeny averts and shuns off Circe. Their roots run deep and spread below what is most eas’ly seen, and as their years pass, turn sublime, whilst they primp and preen. The truths to which the Myths most seem to accurately portray, set forth with many caveats, which needed to purveyed. The music in the background, lifts forth and lends its voice, To rhyme and reason vetted fully, in its final choice.