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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

    Reblogged:How to Mine Disappointment

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    The hair shirt of self-blame is a poor substitute for actual virtue, or the consequent real growth that trying hard and putting yourself out there can bring. (Image by Fontema, via Wikimedia Commons, license.)At Bet on It, economist Bryan Caplan reproduces an old Facebook post by Alex Epstein, author of Fossil Future. It's a short, but valuable and memorable read about a public debate that Epstein painstakingly prepared for -- only for it to be switched on the spot to "two opening statements f

    Ayn Rand University Answers Podcast

    Mike Mazza
    By Mike Mazza,
    The Ayn Rand Institutes is launching a bi-weekly podcast, Ayn Rand University Answers. Each episode will feature an ARU faculty member's answer to one of your questions. To have yours answered, send it to [email protected].

    Debating: Who Can Be Considered A Scientist?

    avakrael
    By avakrael,
    Activate this text; it is a youtube video containing the debate. What do you all think about the content of this debate?

    Given that there are limits to the rationality of chimpanzees, wolves, dogs, etc., does it not logically follow that there are limits to the rationality of homo sapiens?

    The Laws of Biology
    By The Laws of Biology,
    Within the last week I saw a news report that scientists have, for the first time, observed chimpanzees in the wild applying insects in a medicinal manner to wounds on fellow injured chimpanzees. For many years, scientists have observed chimpanzees creating tools with twigs to extract ants from tiny spaces, in order to eat the ants. So, animal species other than human beings, especially those close to humans in evolutionary terms, use reason to solve problems and attain goals, just like hum

    god an anti concept?

    QuidProQuo
    By QuidProQuo,
    Just going through ITOE and noting the importance of similarity in terms of CCD. This aspect is strikingly necessary to developing a concept.  When thinking about how a person could develop the concept of "god" it does not seem like this could ever be formed because the would be no way to place god on a CCD since there is no similarity or commensurable characteristic. Since concepts can't be formed randomly and similarity is a vital aspect of the formation, wouldn't this preclude god as a v

    Debating [a series of youtube videos I made sussing-out vital issues]

    avakrael
    By avakrael,
    Debating I have created this series by giving the best argument for both sides (evil versus innocent) of the debate over these crucial issues. Debating The Existence Of God Debating The Nature Of Time Debating: Who Can Be Considered A Scientist I have 7 more videos planned.

    Objectivism: my fall from reason??

    Ogg_Vorbis
    By Ogg_Vorbis,
    Hello, Over the past 5 days I have lost my entire philosophical framework which was Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. I have come to realize huge issues with the ethics, and now the rest is also starting to unravel. I have spent a great deal of time researching other philosophy, and I feel somewhat ashamed at how ignorant I was. I feel human again, it's hard to explain. I feel almost like I had abandoned myself. Trying to use reason to justify every desire is not only impossible but

    Reblogged:10,000 Commandments? Is That All?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Clyde Wayne Crews, known for titling his reports on the regulatory state as 10,000 Commandments takes a look at President Biden's recent flurry of regulatory activity. One highlight is the President's blatant attempt to sneak in many costly new regulations by doubling the dollar cost criterion at which they will be flagged as "significant:"This is in addition to there being an enormous raw number of new rules: At one point, Crews notes that "At the current clip, however, the 2024 Federal Regist

    Reblogged:Blog Roundup

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A Friday Hodgepodge 1. In "Analyzing the Hamas Sympathizers," Peter Schwartz explains how altruism -- the idea that we owe relief to the needy regardless of why they are needy -- fuels the unjust and puzzling sympathy for Hamas we are seeing today. Schwartz ends his piece with a quote from someone who has been undeterred by Palestinian barbarism from Day 1:Incidentally, tyranny of need Schwartz describes, explains many other aspects of the decades-old conflict between Israel and the "Palestin

    The Objectivist philosophy on art in a nutshell

    123Me
    By 123Me,
    Hi, I am looking for information by those who consider themselves to have a basic grasp of Objectivist philosophy, mainly aesthetics.  My question involves all art, but without that option in the forum I figure that I should put it in the visual art spot. So, my base assumption is that with Objectivism, there is a particular standard for art, namely, idealism if I remember reading right. Can someone please explain to me the concept of idealism in art, looking kind of for a "idealism in a

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