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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:Delusion Rises Again in Asbury

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    I have been seeing media mentions lately of a religious revival/marathon prayer session in Kentucky. This story about it at Bari Weiss's The Free Press is good for getting up to speed on it. As I often do these days, I checked to see whether Ayn Rand might have predicted or commented on phenomena like this in the past. As usual, I was not disappointed in her perspicacity. I am also not surprised: Our culture has been in a stalemate/slow decline for decades. Seeing history repeat itself is to b

    The Golden Mean, or All Things in Moderation

    By AlexL,
    This is exactly what you are doing. I always justify my claims when asked (and sometimes when I am not ask), but you are rapidly taking cover and ignore the respective comments. You never really justified your claims. Which confirms that you are a jerk. You seem to have found here a safe haven. @dream_weaverdoesn't seem to bother.

    Reblogged:GOP: Character Counts Isn't Just a Slogan

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    In case anyone needed a reminder that the conservative movement is both un-self-aware and intellectually bankrupt, let me commend the following passage from a Washington Times story on Senator John Fetterman's continuing health issues:How many times have you heard a conservative say something like character counts when discussing a Democrat? Isn't that the whole point of the so-called culture wars -- that the conservatives are the good guys, or at least the sane guys? I oppose the whole idea

    Hypothetically, if scientific consensus became that objects do not exist independent of consciousness, could Objectivism stand?

    By Frank,
    In Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, Peikoff implied that challenges from science could not necessarily refute Objectivism, because even if science found something outlandish, like all things are puffs of meta energy, we still would be perceiving things made of this energy, and we're made of it, too. So, nothing changes for Objectivism.  What about a more daunting challenge, like that scientific consensus becomes that objects do not exist independent of consciousness? This is a


    By Boydstun,
    In July 2006, I had written: "Rand thought that the justification for the virtue of honesty was only that it is in one's rational self-interest to be honest. That is false and psychologically inauthentic. When I tell someone the truth, it is not typically only because it is in my rational self-interest to do so. It is first and foremost because lying to someone is prima facie a rotten way to treat a person. Moreover, my concern for another's self-interest (e.g., not filling their mind with

    Reblogged:Freedom Amnesia Leads to Science BS-ery

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at City Journal is a post titled "Approximately Zero." As soon as I learned that it's about how well masks supposedly reduce the spread of Covid, my reaction was to think Why are we still talking about this? I won't be discussing the merits of the scientific review (which I haven't read) or its interpretation by a non-scientist (who clearly belongs to the conservative camp). It isn't that the question isn't important scientifically or medically, or that its answer would be politically ir

    What are you listening at the moment?

    By Uriah,
    Admins - please give it a try. This topic is for the members to share the music they are listening to, it supposed to be updated constantly. And this is what's keeping me awake: Air - Love 2 The French duel is now out with a new album. It is rare to hear this kind of statement from a professional musician but Dunckel and Godin thought that their last album Pocket Symphony wasn't satisfying, partly because of their recent project with Charlotte Gainsbourg 5.55 which took a lot

    What is the explanation for why some people live according to reason, and others don't?

    The Laws of Biology
    By The Laws of Biology,
    Is there some rational explanation for why some people live according to reason, and others don't? Is it because those who live according to reason (and thus live according to objective reality and self-interest) are more intelligent, or have had a better education, or had early childhood attachment with caring adults, or something like that? If not something like that, what then is the rational explanation for the fact that some people live mainly according to reason while others live mainly ac

    The need for developing Philosophic Forensic Science

    By dream_weaver,
    On the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Policy page is the Forensic Science section. In the 'About' section, it reads: Forensic science is a critical element of the criminal justice system.  Forensic scientists examine and analyze evidence from crime scenes and elsewhere to develop objective findings that can assist in the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of crime or absolve an innocent person from suspicion. In Ayn Rand's essay, Philosophical Detection, a pass

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four 28 Interesting Recipes Occasionally, I kill two birds with one stone by blogging parts of my weekly review on Friday. This week, it was time to look at interesting recipes I heard about that I might want to try. Here are four links to recipes that turned up. Most online recipes already take too long to get to the point, so here we go... *** 1. I'm much more likely to fry my chicken or incorporate it into jambalaya or a gumbo than to roast it, but the words easy and moist in an article ab

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