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Modern Athena

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  • Birthday 03/02/1994

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    Atlas Shrugged. The Fountainhead, Virtue of Selfishness, Anthem, Ayn Ran Lexicon, Random Podcasts, Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics.
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    Biology, Neuroscience.

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  1. Pupils learn in spite of their teachers.

  2. One of my favorite bands I've never seen this video though.
  3. But wearing hats for a relatively long time (especially in the summer) can damage the scalp by preventing air circulation. Sweat can clog up the pores in the scalp and promote hair loss. This is true, Propecia reduces the levels of DHT (a hormone that shrinks hair follicles), but it works best in young people whose hair is just beginning to thin. However, this drug comes with drawbacks. It can (and most probably will) reduce sex drive. You see DHT is also responsible for maintaining libido, boosting fertility and balancing estrogen levels.
  4. Well I didn't know that To be honest, I thought he was a woman. Men rarely complain about hair problems. It could be genetic then. Is your father bald?
  5. I've experienced this problem last year at the age of 17. Personally, it was because of hormonal imbalance and poor diet. I suggest you take vitamin supplements. As for medication, try Doriance and Topikrin shampoo. You should take Doriance for at least three months. You would not be disappointed! However, I suggest you tackle the reason behind your hair loss. Do some blood tests; it's most likely vitamin deficiency (mainly B12) or Anemia.
  6. Slaves for Life- Amaseffer Symphony X- Paradise Lost
  7. Tchaikovsky violin concerto Op.35 Promise- Ben Howard
  8. "....So instead of goals, I try to live based on principles. I try to live in alignment with what I value most. Instead of having unrealistic and fantastic goals, I have aspirations and dreams instead." From a blog

  9. Likewise Oh of course, I'd give it a shot. But I can't write about anything political (you surely understand the reason).
  10. I never thought of it this way before. Thank you! Someone pointed that out in a message earlier. I only considered this issue ontologically and disregarded the epistemological fundemantality of consciousness. I recently watched an interview with John Searle where he discussed this subject. I loved the way he put it. " To clarify the relationship between the consciousness of minds and the neurological architecture of brains, it must be understood that they are both one system, not two distinct entities such as the vocabulary of 'mental' and 'physical' would suggest. The word 'Mental', meaning mind that occurs independent of the 'physical' body and vise versa. The state of the brain, such as consciousness, is a mode, a state, of existence much like liquidity is a state of water. Simply stated, it is that brains cause minds and minds are features of brains."
  11. As far as I know, I'm the only one familiar with Ayn Rand's philosophy in my country. Others don't even know who she is. In fact, up until last year her books were not even found in bookstores or libraries in Lebanon. I'm pretty sure they're not even sold in countries like Saudi Arabia as well.
  12. I love her optimistic nature and how she struggled to live in a world where she clearly did not belong. I also admired how she faced society's disapproval. Despite being portrayed as an unsympathetic workaholic and a dirty mistress, she took pride in herself. She alone manages to challenge the society's conventional wisdom. Her purpose in life is to live up to her highest values and become worthy. Her code of values is what makes her inspirational.
  13. When did this start? I'm not an expert, but I think I can ask my professor (she has a phd in neuroscience).
  14. I'm not sure I fully grasp the above statement. According to Ayn Rand, "An axiom is a statement that identifies the base of knowledge and of any further statement pertaining to that knowledge, a statement necessarily contained in all others, whether any particular speaker chooses to identify it or not. An axiom is a proposition that defeats its opponents by the fact that they have to accept it and use it in the process of any attempt to deny it." (Copied from the Ayn Rand Lexicon) Now many contemporary neuroscientists and philosophers reject the axiomatic nature of consciousness and appeal to reductionism where they reduce consciousness to physical events occurring in the brain. Hence consciousness is often described as the "product" of neural mechanisms. While I agree that consciousness is axiomatic in the sense that it doesn't require proof and all knowledge rests upon it, I find it hard to believe that it is irreducible. For, we can clearly explain the causes of our perceptions in terms of neurophysiological phenomena. So how can consciousness be an irreducible primary distinct from the physical? Doesn't that imply dualism?
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