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Reidy

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  1. Readers can't say much until we've seen the rest of the story, but a couple of observations strike me already. You write: This isn't the salesmanly way to put it if you believe that morality serves us rather than thle other way around. You can put the argument in one step as: here's why you should do this. At the time you were apparently new to Objectivism and not yet comfortable with its insights. You write: My mother was the same way, so I get what you went through. Being married to such a person must be vastly worse. Awaiting future installments.
  2. This would take checking, but we should at least consider the possibility that Rand picked the date because it fit her timeline. For example: the valley is in session only in high summer; she has to stage the tunnel disaster before that (without the irrelevance of winter travel conditions), and next she has to set up the disappearance of Quentin Daniels that will lead Dagny to the valley; ergo May 1.
  3. Some possible examples of gay-turned-straight are the movie Enigma and Noel Coward's play Present Laughter. They weren't remakes, but they took real-life gay people and turned them straight, Alan Turing in the first case and Coward himself in the second. People have been speculating for decades that George and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf are both men, but the author insisted otherwise.
  4. I believe the quote comes from her article "The Money-Making Personality" that ran in Cosmopolitan in the early 60s. PS: https://www.amazon.com/COSMOPOLITAN-magazine-MONEY-MAKING-PERSONALITY-Cosmopolitan/dp/B000NE6D22
  5. Whatever the merits of the first part of your proposal, it looks like a literacy test, and the US outlawed these tests in the 60s (some states used them blatantly as a way to disqualify blacks). You'd need an act of Congress to change the law. The second part would never fly, and we should be glad. Ask yourself who'd pick the criteria and who'd decide who met them.
  6. Our two favorite people are becoming a play.
  7. Empirical psychology is not exactly a part of philosophy, but the Objectivist writings make several assertions in this field without providing more than intuitive or anecdotal evidence: Personality predicts sexual attraction. Sexual attraction predicts personality. Artistic taste predicts personality. Personality predicts artistic taste. Childhood literary exposure predicts adult character. Philosophical training and belief predict intellectual efficacy. This is not to say that one couldn't test these claims, only that I haven't seen such tests.
  8. The short answer is that I've never seen any Objectivist writings on the topic. My understanding is that, in computer science, heuristics are techniques for identifying high-likelihood paths through an infinite or impracticably large number of possibilities. This is itself a reasoning process, and you have to know the truth in order to judge how well or badly your heuristics did in getting at it. What are the arguments that using heuristics invalidates reason?
  9. Here's a companion piece: https://spectator.org/capitol-riot-fuhgeddaboudism/
  10. Your illustration is reminiscent of Taliesin West, F Ll Wright's winter home:
  11. I hope you're right. We'll see. Several people, mostly Democrats, invoking the slogan "too little too late", have observed that Republicans should have repudiated Trump years ago and that they aren't credible coming forward now. In that case, a lot of senators, congressmen and governors are going be swept down with Trump himself. Cruz is the first who comes to mind. He had a golden opportunity to distance himself from Trump in the 2016 primaries and at convention time. The path may be wider open than it looks.
  12. Are people here able to get into aynrandsociety.org (Ayn Rand Society of the APA)? I keep getting a message that my firewall has blocked it.
  13. FLl Wright built a house in Jackson in the 40s. It incorporated a natural spring, so he named it Fountainhead.
  14. NBI Book Service used to sell Bowra's The Greek Experience. Prices on Amazon range for some reason from a few dollars to several hundred.
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