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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

    Bill Hobba Introduction

    Bill Hobba
    By Bill Hobba,
    I am Bill Hobbaa from Redland Bay in Queensland, Australia.   I posted here a long time ago now, but for some reason never seemed to be able to log in - I did it via Facebook.   That never seemed to work.   Anyway decided this time to create my account, and that worked.   I have recently enrolled in a Master of Arts in Philosophy and thought I would become active again.   My main area of interest is the philosophy of science.  I intently dislike Kuhn. Popper is OK, but I think Feynman had a bett

    Reblogged:Ramaswamy: An Intriguing GOP Candidate

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    This morning, I was surprised to see one Vivek Ramaswamy listed as an author of a piece titled "Why I'm Running for President" at the Wall Street Journal. The name vaguely rang a bell, but a video about Nikki Haley embedded near the top threw me off for a moment. Was this just a mistitled piece by someone commenting on her candidacy? But I scanned the first few paragraphs and found that this wasn't the case. Impatiently, I scrolled down to see who this was and found:Oh! That Vivek Ramaswamy!

    Building a future

    By metacreation,
    Greetings   I first came across Ayn Rand a few years ago and have read quite a lot of her books now. It sparked my interest in philosophy in general and I've read others as well since (notably Mises and Popper). Learning about Oism really changed my life and I've had a lot of work to do (and a lot more work to do) integrating my mind. I'm now at a stage in life where I have freedom to make whatever changes I need to, and I came here while looking for places to meet and discus

    A Song to Reason

    By Boydstun,
    As Steals the Morn

    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

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