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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

    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

    Objectivism in Academia

    cliveandrews
    By cliveandrews,
    How are Objectivists treated in the academic arenta? I know nothing about academic philosophy, but I would infer that Objectivists might have a hard time getting along with others in the feild, or even face persecution from their peers. Thoughts?

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four Things 1. Here's a fun read for your next wait in a long checkout line or a doctor's office: an article on "The Strange Business of Hole-in-One Insurance," which is much more interesting than it might sound. The piece includes war stories from Mark Gilmartin, who founded one of the oldest such firms in the US. In addition to indemnifying golfers for the round of drinks -- or huge parties in Japan! -- that are customary, this kind of coverage includes prizes for holes-in-one at charity ev

    Reblogged:A Leftist Trope Conceals a Criminal

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Criminologist Stanton Samenow recently reviewed [contains spoilers -- ed] Lee Cole's debut novel, Groundskeeping, from his professional perspective and found a criminal in its central male character:I have not read the book, but from this review and a few others at Goodreads, Owen reminds this Mississippian of a trope I'd get annoyed with from time to time in movies as I grew up: Let's call it the Noble Redneck. He's traditionally masculine -- maybe even macho because he's from the still-rugged

    Reblogged:The Real Consequences of Banning Abortion

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Image by Gayatri Malhotra, via Unsplash, license.Diana Greene Foster, author of The Turnaway Study, which compares the consequences of having an abortion vs. being denied one, offers six predictions regarding what the Supreme Court's expected overturning of Roe vs. Wade will mean for the women who will be denied abortions as a result. This article is worth a full read for several reasons, the most important of which is that it can help those of us who support reproductive freedom tie this issue

    Always respecting the rights of others, as found in Objectivism, is a form of altruism or socialism?

    The Laws of Biology
    By The Laws of Biology,
    It seems to me that true ethical egoism would respect the rights of others when it is advantageous to do so and would not respect the rights of others when it is advantageous to ignore other peoples' rights. If a person is dedicated to respecting the rights of others no matter what the circumstances or stakes in play, then such a person will, sooner or later, end up sacrificing himself and his survival and his well-being on the altar of the abstract rights of others. This sacrifice

    Reblogged:Lomborg: Organic Fad Worsens Hunger

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    At the American Institute for Economic Research, Bjorn Lomborg explains why the "organic" food fad of the West now poses a global food supply threat:Please consider reading the whole thing and passing it along: Lomborg further elaborates Sri Lanka's plight, and notes that, without input from synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, "going organic globally can only feed about half the current world population." This is a timely warning, given that Putin's war has endangered agricultural supplies from Ukr

    Advances in Science of Evolution

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Sexual Selection Promotes Giraffoid Head-Neck Evolution and Ecological Adaptation  

    Reblogged:Media Inadvertently Campaign for DeSantis

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    As regulars already know, I have major issues with Florida's governor, Ron DeSantis. That said he remains, as I said then, the man to watch in the next presidential election cycle. It's clear why from an admiring Jeff Reynolds piece at PJ Media. Two major factors are that DeSantis is not risk-averse or driven by polling, and that the news media -- blatantly slanted to everyone but themselves -- keep acting as dishonest foils to be exploited by his aggressive press secretary, Christina Pushaw.

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Notable Commentary "If you're a patient and you're unsure about the quality of the care you are receiving, you might want to ask your doctors who they work for." -- Paul Hsieh, in "Does Your Doctor Work for a Private Equity Company -- and Should You Care?" (Forbes) "Entrainment can also effect personal safety and health." -- Paul Hsieh, in "How The Bernoulli Effect Can Help Patients and Physicians" (Forbes) "I am optimistic because of the hospitalization data and the success of vaccines, a

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