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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:Four Good Things About Moving

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A Friday Hodgepodge Note to Myself My wife's career is taking us to New Orleans, and we move during the next few months. I like New Orleans, but really, really hate moving. Today's post is as much about giving myself a way to stay motivated for all the drudgery this will entail as it is this blogger's "feeding of the beast." *** Image by Onur Bahçıvancılar, via Unsplash, license.1. This move is my big chance blast away a big accumulation of junk we don't need. Up until about five years ago, w

    Reblogged:Ramaswamy's Sprint, Haley's Marathon?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    At least, that's what Matt Drudge's poll showed this morning, after the first Republican debate. I did not watch, having pretty low expectations, but was curious to see whether anyone would make a strong impression. Judging by an admittedly early lack of spectacular headlines, it looks like novelty won the day, in the form of Vivek Ramaswamy, who was perhaps aided by being the target of the likes of Chris Christie, Nikki Haley, and Mike Pence. As of this morning, Ramaswamy had won just under a

    Reblogged:Opportunity in an Antic-Free Debate

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    The first Republican debate of the presidential primaries is tonight and Nick Reynolds of Newsweek weighs in with his list of things to look out for. These are:DeSantis vs. Ramaswamy, "Pile on Ron," Splintering on Ukraine, Nuance on Abortion, and Who Takes on Trump? Of these, only the third and fourth interest me and the fourth is -- I think -- already settled. Except for Nikki Haley, all the candidates who will be present will, to my knowledge, sign whatever abortion ban a GOP-controlled Congre

    Reblogged:Stossel on College as a Scam

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    John Stossel recently provided a short, sweet synposis of the past and present of the college cost crisis brought on by the federal student loan program. Regulars here will likely already understand why that program has caused college costs to skyrocket, but Stossel has a good, simple explanation for anyone who hasn't thought much about the issue before. Spolier: The same perverse incentives that are making college expensive are also causing many to spend five or more years there without gradu

    What are you listening at the moment?

    Uriah
    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

    Reblogged:One-Liner Friday

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A Friday Hodgepodge I wasn't actively looking to learn any of these short tidbits, but I did... On a lark, I put "one-liner" into an image search engine and got this. I like flamingos, so here it is. (Image by Kelly Sikkema, via Unsplash, license.)1. Within the debunking of a job-hunting fallacy I blogged yesterday: "f you ever see me walking to my car during a downpour, it’s because the MythBusters proved you get wetter by running. Almost twice as much, actually." 2. This bit of reading adv

    Shameful Display of Anarchy and Violence

    Yes
    By Yes,
    As America prepares to certify our next President, a large band of hooligans have taken upon themselves to storm the Capitol.  This in the name of Freedom?  Are these hooligans striving to look for their Fuhrer?  As a footnote, something like this happened in fiction- in Atlas Shrugged.

    Reblogged:Why Would This Be True?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    I just encountered a thorough debunking of a common myth I myself used to believe. Job hunters just about can't avoid being told to ferret out unadvertised positions, often in the form of the maxim in the title of the post I just linked: 80% of All Jobs are Hidden. An important reason I like the post is that, before he dives into how this myth might have originated or why it might seem plausible, Jonathan Blaine gives a good executive summary right out of the gate:Image by Jan Canty, via Unspl

    Beef up your brain with reading!

    Marzshox
    By Marzshox,
    Don't confuse the mere decoding of words and fluent pronunciation of them with deep comprehension of material. Often times if you do not focus, you generally will read entire paragraphs having not understood any of the concepts within. This happens when you do not have a vested interest in the topic you are reading, thus you make very loose if any associations in your brain.   Understanding is jeopardized by a lack of enthusiasm as reading feels more like a burdensome task rather t

    Reblogged:Back of the Line Wins

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    To accommodate typical work schedules, many elementary schools provide on-site after-school child care. We used the one at ours last year, but are picking the kids up at dismissal this year. Image by note thanun, via Unsplash, license.I normally pick the kids up, so naturally, I wondered what time I should show up that would minimize the amount of time the kids and I would have to wait. At first, I didn't realize I already had crucial data and assumed I might try various increments of time ahea

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