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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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    The Biological Basis of Teleological Concepts

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    The Biological Basis of Teleological Concepts (1992) by Harry Binswanger ~Part 1~ In this work, Harry Binswanger rejects the idea that the ends-attaining actions of living things are the result of a kind of sui generis cause appearing in nature in living things and not derivative from the causes in play in inanimate nature. That is, he sets aside the vitalist view of living action; there is no vital force inexplicable in terms of complexes of inanimate forces.  Actions in which th

    Reblogged:Can Regulation Ever Be Reasonable?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A Vox article about the Boeing safety scandal cites the following example of what it calls the FAA "get[ting it] right about airplane regulation:"The FAA doesn't ban the practice because car travel -- which many people might choose if lap children were banned -- is much less safe than air travel, even when children are held on a lap rather than in a separate seat. The author praises this as an example of big-picture thinking and she is correct that the way the FAA chose to regulate does improv

    "Project Starship"

    monart
    By monart,
    ["Project Starship" is a very young and serious man's description of a romantic and philosophic vision of the future – and of the present, too. It's dedicated to the heroic genius of Ayn Rand, upon whose work this conception of starship is largely based. It's an answer to my previous post here, "What Can One Do?" ] ---------- Project Starship 3rd Edition Monart Pon © Copyright 1976,

    Oldest Forest

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Earth's Oldest Forest

    Reblogged:Four Wins From the Past Month

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A Friday Hodgepodge 1. Before we moved, I had been working to incorporate more walking into my routine, with the goal being about five hours each week. I'm close to having that routine back, but trips into New Orleans looked like they might make that challenging. One day, I had to go to a mall to pick up a gift for my wife's birthday only to discover that the store would be closed for another 45 minutes after I'd arrived. Circumnavigating the mall while timing my walk, I found that it took ab

    Reblogged:Caplan on Finding "The One"

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    I sometimes bookmark good advice in anticipation of wanting to be able to factor it in if my kids ask for similar advice later on. Bryan Caplan's "She's the One," on evaluating romantic partners, is a good example. Caplan wrote the piece in response to a reader's question, and he artfully combines his own life experience with his knowledge of markets to answer the question. And don't let our culture's hatred of capitalism cause you to dismiss that combination as inhuman or calculating: The pi

    Suppression in Belarus

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Will Putin Save Lukashendo? State Suppression of Press Coverage of the Protests  

    Amy Peikoff interviewed about the extradition of Julian Assange

    Dupin
    By Dupin,
    Video on this page.  (Start viewing at 1:30 because the video begins with an excerpt which you will see later in its place.)  She did a great job, very impressive.  

    Reblogged:A Non-Regulatory Way to Make Cars Safer

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Regulars here know that I take issue with the way touchscreens are deployed in many (if not most) newer cars. Granted, they provide a viewer for a back-up cam, cut costs for controls, and allow for greater dashboard functionality through software. But because much of this software is written poorly and controls are indiscriminately moved to the touchscreen, the result is often a frustrating mess of poorly laid-out controls and nested menus that is a real safety hazard because many simple thin

    Closing of the topic "Remembering the CG Computer-Generated Pandemic Tyranny"

    AlexL
    By AlexL,
    You @EC unexpectedly closed the thread "Remembering the CG Computer-Generated Pandemic Tyranny" and did not provide a reason.  I was waiting for an important answer from @monart... Some more transparency would be welcomed...

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