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In another forum that i´m frequenting there was a topic reagarding the most beatiful places. Inspired by this, i´d like to see what objectivists think. I believe the answers would be quite different... :)

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In another forum that i´m frequenting there was a topic reagarding the most beatiful places. Inspired by this, i´d like to see what objectivists think. I believe the answers would be quite different... :)

New York City, as seen from the top of the Empire State Building.

NASA's Vertical Assembly Building against the flat skyline of Florida's Atlantic coast.

And just about the skyline of any city when seen at sunrise. Try it someday.

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Pictures from the other forum i mentioned:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v358/Pou...cier20Natio.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v358/Pou...sper20Natio.jpg

http://gallery.kylig.com/d/231-2/soluppgang.jpg

http://gallery.kylig.com/d/243-2/teplantage.jpg

Myself, i´m dreamning of visiting Hong Kong:

http://www.code-d.com/china/hong-kong-big.jpg

http://www.code-d.com/china/victoria-peak-hong-kong-big.jpg

http://www.neystadt.org/john/album/NZ/Hong...ng-at-Night.JPG

From what i´ve seen, from pictures and on film, this is the only place that - when looking at it - i´ve felt that I belong there. Strange thing to say about a place i´ve never been to. But, it really gives me a feeling of... home.

Great landscapes... well, they can be nice - as a place to go on vacation or something. I could go fishing in that lake, or take my car for a drive on an empty country road, but other than that such places do nothing for me.

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Athens, Greece. Not just the city itself, but surrounding areas were amazing. Combined with the structures that still exist from the early days, it was an incredible week last November.

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I've always thought Houston had a great skyline, but maybe I'm biased since I'm a native? http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/imag...h-mailc&b=1

Now that I live in Colorado, I think it surely must be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Mountains

And Maui wasn't shabby either, LaszloWalrus :)

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I've always thought Houston had a great skyline, but maybe I'm biased since I'm a native? http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/imag...h-mailc&b=1

Now that I live in Colorado, I think it surely must be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Mountains

And Maui wasn't shabby either, LaszloWalrus :)

For natural beauty the Great American Southwest is hard to beat. Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona especially. Have you visited the Grand Canyon?

Bob Kolker

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I find Hong Kong to be the most beautiful modern city.

I second this observation. :)

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On earth is pretty big. In southern california, my votes on "Punchbowl."

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The only problem is San diegos in a dry spell. The waterfalls not running, but theres still water there.

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Without a doubt it's Hong Kong. The drive to build ever taller skyscrapers represents a triumph of engineering, industry, finance, & human will. For me, the sight of a metropolitan skyline is far more impressive than any "natural" wonder. For example, the Grand Canyon is shaped by the forces of water, wind, & other geological phenomena. It maybe beautiful to behold, but there was no intelligence, no purposeful behavior behind it. In contrast, a skyscraper during its lifetime - from conception to completion and beyond, represents the life of man. It involves years of planning, labor, and cooperation. It employs thousands of people who live, work, & sometimes die in its service.

One of the best Hong Kong galleries can be found here.

If you want to see a 4.5 minute time lapse video of Hong Kong (68 MB, right click and "save as" instead of streaming), here.

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Kapalua Beach, Maui, Hawaii is great for natural beauty.

I find Hong Kong to be the most beautiful modern city.

Query: Is Hong Kong on an earthquake zone? if so, then erecting very tall buildings might not be such a good idea.

Bob Kolker

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Most earthquakes of the world occur along the boundaries of crustal plates. Hong Kong lies within the Eurasian Plate and is located far away, about 600 km, from the nearest boundary with the Pacific Plate on the Circum-Pacific Seismic Belt that runs through Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines. Therefore, the chance of a major local tremor is very small.

Query: Is Hong Kong on an earthquake zone? if so, then erecting very tall buildings might not be such a good idea.

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Bellagio, Italy is a beautiful place. The mountains, Lake Como, and the old world charm of the architecture are a pretty incredible combination.

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Hi Everybody this is my first post. I think Paris is beautiful. Also I love the tropical woods in Florida. I do. I love palm trees and beaches. South Beach is pretty nice.. :worry:

My fave is Coral Gables. Mansions and all Spanish Mediterranean architecture. Manicured lawns, 2 golf courses and these gigantic trees with vines hanging down. Tall royal palms in lawns and then short fat ones

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Query: Is Hong Kong on an earthquake zone? if so, then erecting very tall buildings might not be such a good idea.

Bob Kolker

Most modern sky scrapers are designed with extremely high tolerance for earth quakes. Unless you've got some major quake that registers an 8 or whatever they're not going to fall.

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Hong Kong is a great city with spectacular skylines. It is probably my favorite place in the world but am a bit partial because I lived there for a couple of years. Hong Kong smells are often a bit off-putting though. I also found standing on a busy street to be somewhat disconcerting as well because of the pollution. I think the best part of Hong Kong is how diverse the terrain is. You can go from city to beach or country park in less than an hour. Hong Kong does not get a terrible number of earth quakes, but it does experience typhoons.

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Seeing a highway full of cars as far as the eye can see with buildings on both sides. I get a sense of awe and the feeling that nothing is impossible.

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The whole world is full of beauty, but this is the one of the few places it seems that people aren't afraid to mention man made beauty.

Yay Us! :)

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Our family farm was in the family for over 100 years. It was on the edge of the Sandhills of Nebraska. Kind of desolate, but the intensity of the fact that generations of my family worked the area for their lives was always impressive to me. The quiet, the color, the independence of that area...as I've gotten older, I appreciated it much more for that simple beauty.

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In another forum that i´m frequenting there was a topic reagarding the most beatiful places. Inspired by this, i´d like to see what objectivists think. I believe the answers would be quite different... ;)

The Southern Plains during storm season. One obsessed with nature may wonder what the value is with flat grasslands and dangerous storms, but they don't inherently possess the beauty I give them. It's the fact that I can use my mind to identify severe weather situations, plan in the context of chasing (something weather forecasters never give), and then use my skills to navigate the storm, position properly, and capture the beast that I caught with my mind, all while relaying scientific and civic warnings to the Weather Service so they can utilize my skills to warn people who do not have the knowledge, skills, or time to learn how to avoid a dangerous situation not of their own choosing.

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Southern Utah

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Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

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Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

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The Southern Plains during storm season. One obsessed with nature may wonder what the value is with flat grasslands and dangerous storms, but they don't inherently possess the beauty I give them. It's the fact that I can use my mind to identify severe weather situations, plan in the context of chasing (something weather forecasters never give), and then use my skills to navigate the storm, position properly, and capture the beast that I caught with my mind, all while relaying scientific and civic warnings to the Weather Service so they can utilize my skills to warn people who do not have the knowledge, skills, or time to learn how to avoid a dangerous situation not of their own choosing.

Best. Job. Ever.

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