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    I have several articles published in Objectivity and the Journal of Ayn Rand Studies.
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  1. Regarding "retaliation" Ayn Rand wrote: "Men have the right to use physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use" (Lexicon). So violence against a Minneapolis police officer who was not on the scene of the George Floyd incident would not qualify as "retaliation" in her view.
  2. People do exaggerate. A person might say, "I can't breathe" when "I''m have difficulty breathing" or similar is more truthful.
  3. Shatters? Compare Sweden to its neighboring countries. Country Cases/ Deaths/ 1M pop 1M pop Denmark 1417 70 Finland 793 32 Norway 1373 37 Sweden 1739 213
  4. Net neutrality - USA vs Europe Coronaviris - innovation
  5. Coronaviris - innovation
  6. The numbers changed quickly. Only 5 hours later, it is 60,308 (range 34,063 to 140,381). For comparison the number of flu deaths in the 2017-18 season is estimated at 61,000, the highest number in the last 9 years (link).
  7. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington is now projecting 68,841 COVID-19 deaths (range 30,188 - 175,965) in the USA by August 4, 2020. Link. The 68,841 is very close to twice the number through yesterday. Several days ago their projection was about 60,000.
  8. Irrelevant. The number in question is 1.4 billion (link).
  9. No idea where you got that number. It's 25 million. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_swine_flu_pandemic_by_country The 1.4 billion is here: https://www.livescience.com/covid-19-pandemic-vs-swine-flu.html. The number is attributed to the CDC, but the CDC link does not show it.
  10. That quote is from https://www.livescience.com/covid-19-pandemic-vs-swine-flu.html. The included CDC link states there were between 151,700 and 575,400 people global deaths, but it does not state any number, let alone as many as 1.4 billion, of infections globally.
  11. I don't understand how this conflicts with what I said about a person learning a word before having a good grasp of the concept. Imagine a parent trying to teach his/her child the concept and word car. The parent several times points to a car and says "car." Presumably the parent won't point to a bus, motorcycle, or 18-wheeler and say "car." Indeed, the parent might also point to a bus, motorcycle, or 18-wheeler and say the correct word. But it could be a while before the child sufficiently grasps the similarities and differences among these objects well enough to reliably identify a car as a car, a bus as a bus, and so forth.
  12. [email protected], I don’t consider having three objects – for the concept length – versus two instances – for the concept blue – of great importance. Rand used three objects for her example of forming the concept length, but I believe two of the three would have sufficed. Regarding your noting no contrast object in Rand’s example forming the concept length, I don’t believe that implies there can’t be a contrast object. For some cases a contrast object may not be as obvious as it is in other cases. For the concept car, a truck affords an obvious contrast. But what about the concept vehicle? Vehicles encompass cars, trucks, ships, and more. It took me a few seconds to evoke an example of a non-vehicle, probably because there are so many possible. Could a contrast property for length be width or weight? Changing the subject, Ayn Rand often wrote like concept formation was a “bottom up” process, in which the word comes near the end of the process. See especially page 164 in the Q&A section of Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, Expanded Second Edition. However, consider a young child learning new words from its parents, or even an adult learning about a new field of study. In such cases, the word comes at or near the start of the process, the word being taught by a teacher or other resource.
  13. Coronavirus - death of a campaign
  14. Coronavirus - death of a campaign
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