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merjet last won the day on November 9

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    I have several articles published in Objectivity and the Journal of Ayn Rand Studies (7.2, 11.2, 13.2, 17.1, 18.1)
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    Decades. Most books and periodicals by Ayn Rand.
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    University of Illinois
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  1. Perhaps the reductionist materialist model assumes too much. Helen Steward believes so as she explains in A Metaphysics for Freedom. I have some blogposts about this book. See especially #6 and #7.
  2. Coronavirus – clinical trials #5 (& statistics) Coronavirus -- vaccine effectiveness Truth, Power, Money
  3. Huh? Trump has been honest? Now that's hyperbole.
  4. Self-employment taxes A Metaphysics for Freedom #6
  5. Your quote matches 14 words of the following exactly minus a comma. "Moralistic fallacy – inferring factual conclusions from evaluative premises, in violation of fact-value distinction; e.g. making statements about what is, on the basis of claims about what ought to be. This is the inverse of the naturalistic fallacy." (link).
  6. I regard political platforms the way I do advertising. Ayn Rand's defense of individual rights included a clear, strong banning of the initiation of force. The Democrat does not. The Republican platforms does not w/o a religious base. Also, Democrats favor the initiation of force more than Republicans do, especially against business people.
  7. What you "quoted" was about the moralistic fallacy, which is the inverse of the naturalistic fallacy.
  8. Huh? "The is–ought problem, as articulated by the Scottish philosopher and historian David Hume, arises when a writer makes claims about what ought to be that are based solely on statements about what is" (link).
  9. This is not a moral ought. The most cited part of Hume's Treatise of Human Nature regarding is-ought is titled "Of Morals." The general form of a moral ought is 'Some human ought to do or not do X.'
  10. What do you regard as nonsense -- naturalistic fallacy or naturalistic fallacy fallacy or both? The first makes sense to me, but not the second.
  11. When I wrote A Metaphysics for Freedom #1 on Nov. 2, I didn’t include much from pages 9-12 in order to emphasize her argument for free will rather than her argument against determinism. This morning I added an addenda to #1 that will hopefully satisfy MisterSwig for the present.
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