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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"
  • Objectivism Online Chat

    Hello Objectivists

    By PlasticCarrot,
    Hi, my name is Rebecca Artis, and I'm graduating from the U Of Arizona in Tucson this May. I'm glad this forum is available, I've been here once but haven't come back in a while, I hope it has gotten off the ground. Best, Rebecca

    A New Name

    By RationalEgoistSG,
    I've decided to change the name that I use because it is not right to label myself with Rand's name because only she has the right to do that. So from now on, my post name will be RationalEgoistSG, and you can find me on AIM there.


    Guest theDude
    By Guest theDude,
    Hi everybody. I guess I'll get right to it. My real name is Mike, and I first started reading Ayn Rand in 2001 after seeing Yaron Brook on CNN. In the fall I will be a freshman at Rutgers University. I'm looking forward to some good conversations. If you want to know more than ask, otherwise that's it for now.

    Board default of topics shown

    By AshRyan,
    I have a suggestion that I think would make the board a little nicer (but hey, it's your board ). The board defaults are apparently set to only show topics from the last thirty days in each forum. That makes it so that if you click on a forum in which there are no topics less than a month old, it says that the forum is empty. It's a pretty easy thing to change that myself (from "the last 30 days" to "the beginning"), but if that was set as the board default, then I wouldn't have to do it


    By John,
    I've always thought that an objectivist was someone who always had the right answers, never made any mistakes, and could prove any point in a minimal amount of words. I never thought of myself as an objectivist because of this and I now know why I was wrong. An objectivist is a person who uses only reason to obtain knowledge of reality and uses that knowledge to make his life better. An objectivist can make mistakes and have a wrong answer in the proccess but once he realizes the mistakes the

    "Tiddlywink" music

    By AshRyan,
    Hello everyone, Thought you might be interested in this site, which features turn of the century popular music. [edit] After exploring the site more myself, I found that the webmaster of it actually has an interest in Ayn Rand and there is a section of the site devoted to her and specific examples of what she called "tiddlywink music." This is good stuff! [/edit] [edit] After doing some more web exploration, I saw that links to this site have already been provided on a few other

    TIPS -- A good idea?

    By DavidV,
    When I first heard of it, I was as opposed to TIPS as anyone else, but this article changed my mind. IF we can get rid of the bloated FBI/CIA/Defense Dept bureacracy and replace it with a decentralized, part-citizen watchguard program, I think we would have a much cheaper and more effective security agency. What do you think?

    Hi Everyone

    Guest Paul Milligan
    By Guest Paul Milligan,
    Firstly I just wanted to say hi to everyone having just joined the group - I look forward to reading through the info on the site. Secondly, for those of you interested, the BBC in the UK are running a poll asking people to vote for their best loved book (fiction). They plan to announce the 'Top 100' at the end of this month (voting closes on Saturday, 19 April). It's against the rules for anyone to start an 'orchestrated mass vote', so I'll make no suggestion as to what to vote for - the

    Is volition a prerequisite for error?

    Guest Eric Lanser
    By Guest Eric Lanser,
    Is volition a prerequisitite for the possibility of error? The explanation would go: abstraction allows an entity with consciousness to omit certain aspects of an object. By ignoring those aspects, mistakes are possible. In fact, this seems to be precisely what we mean by "error" as opposed to ignorance. If we go near some radioactive substance and harm ourselves, we don't call this an error. We didn't misuse information but simply lacked it (in this case, we had no organ or instruments


    By Heather,
    I'm Heather in Sacramento, California. I like this site. I like the idea behind it. My aim is AdpiHeather. I'm not a web programmer, but let me know if there's anything I can do to help.

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