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    Objectivism Is The Everyman's Philosophy

    In the universe, what you see is what you get,

    figuring it out for yourself is the way to happiness,

    and each person's independence is respected by all

  • Rand's Philosophy in Her Own Words

    • "Metaphysics: Objective Reality"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed/Wishing won’t make it so." "The universe exists independent of consciousness"
    • "Epistemology: Reason" "You can’t eat your cake and have it, too." "Thinking is man’s only basic virtue"
    • "Ethics: Self-interest" "Man is an end in himself." "Man must act for his own rational self-interest" "The purpose of morality is to teach you[...] to enjoy yourself and live"
    • "Politics: Capitalism" "Give me liberty or give me death." "If life on earth is [a man's] purpose, he has a right to live as a rational being"
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    Reblogged:An Investment Strategy Applied to Consulting

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    "The best part of being a statistician is that you get to play in everybody else's backyard." -- John Tukey, as quoted by John D. Cook *** At SIAM News is a valuable and entertaining interview of statistican and mathematical consultant John D. Cook by Krešimir Josić. I have followed Cook's blog, originally titled The Endeavour, for years. A short excerpt from the interview will do double duty for showing why I follow Cook and why you might consider reading the whole interview:The above quote is

    Great Description of Objectivist Metaphysics

    KyaryPamyu
    By KyaryPamyu,
    It's a talk on Vedanta philosophy, but it's almost a word for word exposition of Rand's take on metaphysics. He explains how the validity of perception ('appearance') cannot be denied through reasoning, because the concepts used in reasoning are derived from perception. Unfortunately, he then claims to have a solution, which is to 'go beyond' the notions of space, time and causality. But one can easily retort: 'beyond' and 'within' are spacial concepts. You can go the whole way an

    Your Thoughts on Modern Poetry

    KyaryPamyu
    By KyaryPamyu,
    I know poetry is the most hot-button issue on this forum, but I'm chiming in with yet another installment, this time on modern poetry. Usually when we talk, we use whatever words, metaphors and styles help us effectively communicate the message.  In poetry, however, the form is not passive, but an active participant in achieving the desired meaning and effect. We all know that rhyme and meter are artificial, but check this out, if I write the next words Like             This

    Reblogged:January 6: A Win for Divided Government?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Hot Air, Allahpundit speculates that the big winner in the January 6 hearings is Ron DeSantis, who already looks like the Republican's best bet to win in 2024:I think this analysis is spot-on, but I think that Trump will run again unless he dies or is legally barred from running again, which I am inclined to think he should be. If Trump is the Republican nominee, he will probably lose simply because he antagonizes enough people -- as we saw in 2020 when he lost with the second-highest p

    Reblogged:The Millions Saved by Covid Vaccines

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Between leftists sowing panic about Covid (and overselling the Covid vaccines) and Trumpsters all but pretending Covid doesn't exist (and yet that the vaccines didn't work at all or were even dangerous), I can understand why many people had trouble reaching a solid conclusion about whether taking one is a good idea. And that would be true without the even more unhelpful fact that the left wants to violate our freedom by forcing us to be vaccinated -- while the right, led by Florida's Governor D

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four Things Recent wins from the Positive Focus Log... 1. This may sound negative, but a library I planned to use for work sessions has poor internet. I tried it. I know to avoid it if I need internet. At the same time, it is spacious, uncrowded, and very nicely designed: It would be a very pleasant place to do non-internet intensive work, and it has a nature trail outside for breaks. Or: I have a great place to do undistracted blocks of reading, thinking, or writing. 2. Speaking of wi

    Reblogged:John Madden, Innovator

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Shortly after John Madden's death last year, Christopher Jacobs of The Federalist penned a tribute to the former football coach and commentator. Madden was excellent at both, but Jacobs is most impressed with his commentary:I always appreciated Madden's explanations, but had no idea that the many enhancements to sports broadcasting in the second paragraph were his ideas. I am old enough to remember having to wait to learn the score of a game in progress, but that invention has been in use for

    Universals and Measurement

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    This essay of mine was first published in V5N2 of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies – 2004. Universals and Measurement I. Orientation Rand spoke of universals as abstractions that are concepts (1966, 1, 13). Quine spoke in the same vein of "conceptual integration—the integrating of particulars into a universal" (1961, 70). Those uses of universal engage one standard meaning of the term. Another standard meaning is the potential collection to which a concept refers. This is the colle

    Reblogged:Lomborg on Pain at the Pump

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    At the New York Post, Bjorn Lomborg correctly blames green policies for the recent sharp increase in energy prices. Specifically, he reminds voters of (1) policies that discourage investment in fossil fuels that have combined with (2) those assuming that "green" energy can take a load it simply isn't ready for:These are very important facts, and I think it is even more important to note that Biden is on board with high energy prices -- except for the inconvenience they pose him at the polls. Th

    Reblogged:A Woke Term That Rhymes With Lummox

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Power Line is a brief post concerning recent efforts by the far left to become more "inclusive" -- by "helping" the blind hear the term womxn. The post includes a screenshot from the web site of UC Irvine's Womxn Center for Success. It is heartwarming to know that social justice warriors are tolerant of several possible pronunciations ... of one of the many neologisms intended to exterminate all vestiges of the word man from our vocabulary. My "favorite" is the one that rhymes with lum

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