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    Is a cashless society on the cards?

    Jack Ma enters the fray with a certain sense of irony. The Chinese government is finding a private citizens entry into the financial fray disruptive. An excerpt from Jack Ma’s Giant Financial Startup Is Shaking the Chinese Banking System: Ant Financial Services Group, founded by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, has become the world’s biggest financial-technology firm, driving innovations that let people use their phones for buying insurance as easily as groceries, enabling millions to go weeks at a time without using physical cash. That success is also putting a target on the company’s back. China, even more than the U.S., is now under pressure to reckon with the disruptive power of a financial-technology giant.
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    Number of people in Atlantis

    It was a musing on "I can not refind it, does that tell you something?" "The Crow" is why I have to listen to multiple recordings over again to try finding something again. I generally don't remember everything I've ever heard and where, specifically, I've heard it. In this case, I don't have the book, you mentioned. The lecture it came from happens to be available on the ARI site.
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    OCON 2018

    Yaron Brook Show with Greg Salmieri & Onkar Ghate Discussing Conversation with Jordan Peterson
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    Number of people in Atlantis

    32:30<--->37:30, both the question asked & the answer given (as relates to this thread). It informs me that 'the crow' is real.
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    Fallacy of Logical Omniscience

    If you picked up a log from a fire that was glowing with red embers for its entire length and circumference with your bare hands, I would expect the yell that followed to be loud. In order for concepts to be objective, two things must be present. The object of consciousness and the consciousness of the object. By moving closer to the fire, I can become aware of the heat radiating from it. The conceptual identification that it is hot converts a fact into a perceptual 'device' that can communicate to you, and be held conceptually by me, even after leaving the vicinity of the fire. The sensations only last for their respective durations.
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    All About Evasion

    Nothing that I want to pontificate on at the moment.
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    Objectivism in Academia

    Above topic split into thread: "Egoism and Others" by Merlin Jetton
  8. The Dispilio Tablet - the oldest known written text The tablet has been dated from the 5000 BC era. Depending on the merit of this assessment: Dispilio tablet deciphered – a proof of the oldest script in the world? the alphabet appears to be a mix of the Phoenician and the Glagolitic alphabets with a mention of a disputed Vinča symbols.
  9. Unexpected and Gruesome Battle of 1250 BC Involved 4,000 Men from Across Northern Europe As it is, no one knows who these people were who fought on the banks of the Tollense River in northern Germany near the Baltic Sea because there are no written records from the time. But analysis of the remains of the 130 men, most between ages 20 and 30, found so far shows some may have been from hundreds of kilometers away—Poland, Holland, Scandinavia and Southern Europe. What is fascinating to me, is an amateur archeologist stumbles across a find. As he, soon joined by others, continues to examine the surrounding area, it turns out to be an historic unrecorded battle. Add to that input from various fields of specialization, and we are able to determine the approximate era, ages, geographic locations . . . all of this well after the fact.
  10. This search turned up this link, suggesting film online.
  11. Per Dr. Harry Binswanger's June 5th's tweeted "It's called How We Know and it's at the typesetting stage. Will be ready in a month." "How We Know" Chapter Outlines
  12. 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."
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    Biologists Replicate Key Evolutionary Step

    In the beginning was the phase separation A simple mechanism could have been decisive for the development of life Date: May 23, 2018 Source: Technical University of Munich (TUM) Summary: The question of the origin of life remains one of the oldest unanswered scientific questions. A team has now shown for the first time that phase separation is an extremely efficient way of controlling the selection of chemical building blocks and providing advantages to certain molecules. Molecules in the garage The effect can also be seen externally: the initially clear solution becomes milky. The lack of water in the oil droplets is like a protection because anhydrides need water to disintegrate back into carboxylic acids. [Chemist Job] Boekhoven explains the principle of phase separation with an analogy: "Imagine an old and rusty car: Leave it outside in the rain, and it continues to rust and decomposes because rusting is accelerated by water. Put it in the garage, and it stops rusting because you separate it from the rain." In a way, a similar process occurs in the primordial soup experiment: Inside the oil droplet (garage) with the long-chain anhydride molecules there is no water, so its molecules survive longer. If the molecules compete with each other for energy, again those that can protect themselves by forming oil droplets are likelier to survive, while their competitors get hydrolyzed.
  14. This is from the first night of the '76 lecture series: There are various areas of human endeavor where under certain circumstances it’s practical to accept the advice of an expert, and declare: "he knows best—this is not my field". But you cannot do it in philosophy. And this is so even if you found a certified, completely rational expert. It would be useless, for instance, to turn even to such an expert and say to him, I need a philosophy, you’re an expert, so I’m asking you, should I for instance be selfish? Just tell me, yes or no, so I can act. I haven’t time for discussion and proofs, just give me answer. Now that expert could just say, well that’s easy, just be selfish, and then leave the room, but would that do you any good? After all he told you the truth, but what else would you need? Now, just in pattern, just to give you a taste of what would be involved, just one example. You’d need to know what selfishness is. That would be very helpful. And how do you apply such a wide abstraction in particular in real life situations? And to be selfish, does that mean do whatever you feel? If so, what do you do if your feelings are irrational and clash with other people, and how do you know what’s rational anyway? And who can say how another man should live? Maybe what’s true for the expert, isn’t true for you. Or is truth objective, or what is truth? What is objectivity? And what’s the use? How do you know if you can achieve your goals in this kind of a world, so is there any point to being selfish, or what kind of world is it anyway? And if everyone was selfish, wouldn’t that mean cut-throat competition, and dog-eat-dog, and child labor? And how do you know the answer to all these questions, by what method of knowledge, etc. Now that’s just a taste, a sample of the pattern. The point is you need to know it all—the whole system, not on faith. Faith doesn’t work. It’s useless, even if what you have faith in happens to be true. You need to know it all firsthand with objective proof of each point on strictly practical grounds, to make use of it, to function, to live. In answer to the question: Does one have to create one's own philosophy?, the answer is no. Without validation, however, it is useless.
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    Why follow reason?

    Nothing, I'm pro-reason. "[R]eason", according to Ayn Rand, "is not an axiomatic, but a complex, derivative concept". In the same paragraph she heeds against inquiring about a stand on the validity of reason. (Last paragraph of chapter 6 in Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology.) If the objective is to assess the rationality of Objectivism or of Ayn Rand, examine them for cracks in their foundation.
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    Why follow reason?

    @sjw, What, if anything, would you propose using in lieu of reason?
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    Why follow reason?

    From Hellenistic History and Culture: The reapers in Idyll 10 are a gruff, perhaps elderly workman called Milon, given to coarse rustic proverbs, and a lovestruck young man, Boukaïos, whose name suggests a cowman and his song: in the Iliad Hector uses it as an insult to Ajax, as Antinoös does to Iros in the Odyssey. Homer says βουγάïος, not βουκάïος, and the two citations confirm one another, but the difference of spelling is nothing. It is typical of the freakish pedantry of the Alexandrians to use a Homeric word in a corrected form. Bougaïos or Boukaïos has fallen for the girl from Hippokion's farm, the daughter of Polybotas, who must be a farm slave if not a wage laborer. She plays the flute for the reapers, and Milon's advice about her is “Take what you want and pay for it.” Boukaïos sings a song about love: If the translation of Milon's advice is accurate, it provides a source of the citation of greater antiquity than the 1920's. To know how or why, or even if, this is true, is hardly axiomatic. As was pointed out in Introduction To Objectivist Epistemology "reason" is "a complex, derivative concept." This translation of the Tenth Idyll of The Idylls of Theokritus provides Milon as having said: "God finds out the guilty. You've been asking for it."
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    Why follow reason?

    "Take what you want and pay for it." Found this on The Straight Dope: It appears in Agatha Christie's 1938 novel Hercule Poirot's Christmas It is also presented in 1920 in The University of the State of New York Bulletin: Sixty-First Convocation Proceedings There is an old Persian proverb which runs: The Gods said to the mortals, "Take what you want and pay for it." In other words, the choice of your life is yours, but the resulting success or failure, happiness or misery accompanying the choice is yours also.
  19. If memory serves me correctly, one of the tie-ins he made was to consciousness in general, and another to the terms of order/disorder as being epistemological.
  20. In Selected Topics in the Philosophy of Science, Harry Binswanger provided a more useful thumbnail sketch of entropy. Not knowing the fuller context of the book, from this excerpt, Mr. Locke introduced a topic in this that legitimately raised more questions than he answered. To the broader question on the table, it does not jog an particular recollection from my cross section of readings/listenings.
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    Race Realism

    Considering some other points that have been made in this thread, the concept of race, as both presented and elaborated upon by the OP, has not been verified satisfactorily either.
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    Race Realism

    The question is inverted. What guidance does the philosophy of Objectivism offer for ascertaining the validity of concepts? What guidance does the philosophy of Objectivism offer for determining the veracity of propositions?
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    Race Realism

    The differences being alluded to here are still only correlation. While acknowledging the presence of race, it doesn't affect the whole society, per se, it affects and effects individuals within society who individually attach different significance to race. The collective assessment is much more difficult to isolate, given other factors that influence individuals as well.
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    Race Realism

    Here's a paragraph from Anthem: At first, man was enslaved by the gods. But he broke their chains. Then he was enslaved by the kings. But he broke their chains. He was enslaved by his birth, by his kin, by his race. But he broke their chains. He declared to all his brothers that a man has rights which neither god nor king nor other men can take away from him, no matter what their number, for his is the right of man, and there is no right on earth above this right. And he stood on the threshold of the freedom for which the blood of the centuries behind him had been spilled. What manner of speaking is this? What is it (i.e.; what does she mean) for man to be enslaved by his race? Or perhaps you would prefer her usage of the term "race" in The Only Path to Tomorrow, or her articles Racism or Global Balkanization from The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution?
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    Oldest Known Human Construction Site

    The Theopetra Cave and the Oldest Human Construction in the World The Theopetra Cave is an archaeological site located in Meteora, in the central Greek region of Thessaly. . . . . The World’s Oldest Wall Another fascinating find from the Theopetra Cave is the remains of a stone wall that once partially closed off the entrance of the cave. These remains were discovered in 2010, and using a relatively new method of dating known as Optically Stimulated Luminescence, scientists were able to date this wall to around 23000 years old. . . . . This predates the world's oldest temple, Göbekli Tepe, by 11000 years.