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  1. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm starting with the hunchback of Notre Dame.
  2. I really enjoyed Leonard Peikoff's Eight Great Plays Lectures. I bought all the plays, read them and listened to his analysis. In a similar fashion, I'd like to know what the gems of literature are. If you had to list 10 or so classic novels or authors that you would not want to go through life without having read, what would they be? (Excluding Ayn Rand because I'm already well-familiar with her books and I assume the people here are too) I'm not necessarily looking for heroic, life-affirming books. If one book accurately portrays a man with bad philosophy or an author has a beautiful writing style regardless of his philosophy, I'm interested too.
  3. I'm looking for some recommendations on what to start reading to learn about finance. If anyone knows a good textbook, that would be great since I would like to learn what a finance major would learn. Also, are these subjects like philosophy and economics in which there are many differing schools of thought? (Also any books on investing, the stock market, accounting, or anything else business related would be appreciated.) Thanks in advance
  4. Anyone in the Indianapolis area?
  5. So as you're not talking about impossible situations or situations that are so distant from reality even though they might be remotely possible, there's no reason why a hypothetical should be dismissed from an argument?
  6. You're trying to make a point by using an imagined situation, but the other person cuts you off as if that is an inferior way of arguing, telling you that they don't answer hypothetical questions/ take hypothetical situations seriously. Where does this stem from? I've heard people say it before, but have never understood it. Is it just a way to stop debate and prevent someone from making a good point?
  7. I know this is an old topic, but I'll revive it instead of making a new one. To my original question about understanding the American government: I've read the constitution, Joseph Story's Exposition on it, my State's constitution, bought The Federalist Papers (haven't read them yet), but what comes next? Is there a hierarchy of knowledge when it comes to studying law? Not just constitution law, but perhaps law/laws in general.
  8. I was chatting with someone who brought up the topic of instincts. I know objectivism denies instinctual knowledge, but the conversation left me with some questions. Is suckling and "rooting around" for the breast an instinct, and if not, how to babies know to do it? I read on another thread that suckling is not an instinct, but the person posting did not say what it is. Do babies "instinctually" shove things into their mouths to find out whether or not it is food? How do you explain this behavior? What about feeding yourself? Then the conversation was about whether it was possible to live at the "instinctual level" (whatever that means) without using reason. (???)
  9. What does it mean to be a libertarian? If you go the the libertarian party website and look at issues, one can get an idea of what it means, but after talking to and reading about people who consider themselves to be libertarians, you'd think it means something entirely different. I've seen people describe themselves as a "libertarian/anarcho-communist", a "libertarian socialist", one person said he was working on merging libertarianism with communism. Does that term have multiple meanings that I'm not aware of? Are people just young and stupid and don't know that their views contradict? Or is it just cool for young people to refer to themselves as a libertarian? What gives?
  10. I'm interested in knowing about the events leading up to the revolution, the battles that took place during the war, and the arguments and debates that took place during the adoption of the constitution.
  11. I want to learn about the events leading up to and following the American Revolution, but I realize history is an iffy subject and by leaving out some things and over-stressing others, an author can cause someone to have a completely distorted view of what happened. Anyone have any suggestions of good books to go with?
  12. Can someone recommend me a good textbook for learning basic principles of economics? Also, are there basic fundamental principles that all economists agree on regardless of their political beliefs?
  13. Well that makes two of us now. Mine started in the fall of 2010.
  14. "Well, to me, life is beautiful. Sunsets are beautiful, great movies are beautiful, human achievements are beautiful, women are beautiful etc. Let me ask you this: Aren't you amazed at the way the Discovery robot landed on Mars? If not, why not? Is there a logical reason that I don't know about, on why that isn't an extraordinary event? Is there a logical reason why the engineers who designed and built those devices shouldn't have regarded that achievement as worth living for?" That seems like something I heard about, but I really don't know enough about it as to why that should be considered extraordinary in the first place. "Or let's talk about music: Isn't there a single piece of music that you have listened to, about which you can say: well, whoever wrote this, I'm glad that he was alive. His life had a worthwhile purpose." I suppose. But on the other hand, if the guy never lived he would never have written it and I wouldn't know what I was missing out on. I'd like to see where you are going with this.
  15. I've actually thought about taking fly fishing lessons, weight lifting, trap shooting, and some sort of mixed martial arts class. The only one I actually pursued was trap shooting. I went to a gun club (once), rented a shotgun, and shot two rounds earlier this year. I decided it was an expensive hobby to get involved in. This whole view of mine that life is pointless and we're just keeping ourselves busy until we finally die, must have been picked up from somewhere. Most people could read something like that and think, "That's an interesting viewpoint", and not actually let it effect their lives. For some reason, I've dwelt on that thought and let it get me to the point where I think about suicide. It's lingered with me for years off and on, and daily for the last year. I can occasionally push that thought below the surface enough to get something down, but it always comes back. It's shaped my attitude, my opinions, my worldview. Everything.
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