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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:Of Bans, Quarantines, and Mandates

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Today, a story about a "ban" on smart phones for children in Ireland caught my eye. Interestingly enough, like so many other words that appear in headlines, an often-misused word is sprinkled throughout:Contrast this with the more common (and perhaps modern) use of the term later in the same story:The story from Ireland sounds almost quaint, with the idea of individual parents making decisions for themselves, free from government threats or extortion perhaps enough to make one reread the piece.

    New Quantum Experiments

    By Boydstun,
    Test of Stochastic Collapse-of-the-Wave-Function Models Probing the Quantum Interface with the Classical and How the Q-Regime yields the C-Regime Quantum Optomechanics with Photonic Crystals

    Human Genome

    By Boydstun,
    Human Pangenome Reference Consortium

    Salmieri 2022 Reproduction and the Objectivist Ethics

    Leif Martyn
    By Leif Martyn,
    FYI. This lecture was announced at the time of the conference, and ARI has made it publicly available on YouTube.  

    There Is No "Thing-In-Itself"

    From a recent discussion: "Nietzsche also rejects the need for a world beyond the world of appearances (the thing-in-itself)..." Rand does not merely reject the "need" for noumena. She regards the very concept as invalid: "But 'things-in-themselves' as separated from consciousness and yet discussed in terms of a consciousness—is an invalid equivocation" (Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, Appendix Discussions). It is an equivocation on "consciousness" because in order to metaphy

    Sociobiology. Your children over yourself?

    By Salva,
    Hi, I am getting familiar with the objectivist philosophy. So far I am surprised I had never heard about Ayn Rand, because her philosophy makes so much sense to me (and I think that it would be the same for so many people unaware of her). Here in Europe (in Spain at least) the very few times she is named in a press article or similar, it is basically to demonize her ideas and to criticize her “despicable” capitalists ideal.  I am struggling to understand something though. I know that life i

    Ancient History surveys?

    Jeff Kahl
    By Jeff Kahl,
    Which surveys of Ancient History (especially Greece and Rome) tend to be highly regarded/recommended by Objectivists?

    Is the afterlife arbitrary?

    By Severinian,
    I realize that the standard objectivist answer is that the afterlife/reincarnation is arbitrary, but is it really?  After all, we know that consciousness is real, and we don't have the scientific explanation for it yet. Isn't it then at least a possibility that, if there's an entity which contains the essence of your consciousness, that entity might later come into a physical formation that gives you a life as a living being again? 

    Reblogged:What the Kids Are Up To

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A Friday Hodgepodge Light/Irregular Posting Notice: Due to unusually heavy personal obligations, posting here may be sparse and at odd times from now until about June 20. With that out of the way, I haven't posted about my kids in a while, so here goes... *** 1. Recovering from a nasty virus, my son perked up and started binge-watching Toy Story movies yesterday. After observing Forky, the spork-turned-toy by a kindergartner, he presented me with his theory of what it takes to be "alive" (r

    Reblogged:A Second-Hander on His Second-Hand Car

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    ... A Reflection on a Second Reading I recall being mildly puzzled and amused at this editorial around the time Elon Musk acquired Twitter: The piece seemed a better parody on virtue-signaling than I could write if I tried. I recall finding the squirming at the end especially amusing:Really? If I shared the author's professed belief that every little reduction in exhaust emissions mattered -- and knew that my local electricity mix didn't simply mean I was driving a coal-powered car -- I'd jus

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