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merjet last won the day on February 15

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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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    actuary (retired)

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  1. The longer title is Mystique of the Intellectual: Heroes of Ayn Rand's Dystopias and the Ron Paul Revolution Much of the article is about Ron Paul, which one could skip to save time and focus on what is about Ayn Rand. The article is more or less psycho-epistemology. The author invokes three terms new to me, though what they mean is not new. These are knowledge inflation, funneling, and prediction-fulfillment. Knowledge inflation is essentially 'some implies all' and/or argument by authority. If Ayn Rand is deemed correct about one thing, one should assume she was correct about somet
  2. Killing The SAT Means Hurting Minorities
  3. A Companion to Ayn Rand is a book and "Egoism and Altruism" is a chapter within that book. "The choice of the beneficiary of moral values is merely a preliminary or introductory issue in the field of morality. It is not a substitute for morality, nor a criterion of moral value as altruism has made it. Neither is it a moral primary: it has to derive from an validate the fundamental premises of a moral system" (VOS x). Her saying "merely a preliminary or introductory issue" doesn't jive with how big an issue she made of egoism versus altruism.
  4. No. I thought of saying that earlier but didn't. There is only one reality, too.
  5. In math multiplication of scalars differs from multiplication of matrices. There is standard symbolic logic versus term logic.
  6. Cryptocurrency outlooks. http://merjet46.blogspot.com/2021/02/cryptocurrency-news.html?m=0
  7. Hi Merlin, how are you feeling by now?

    I have gathered that the NIF google group has been disbanded. Do you know if they went to some other platform? 

    1. merjet


      My health has recovered for the most part. Having a dry mouth to this degree is no fun and the docs and my dentist say I will have it to some degree for the rest of my life. I lost >20 lbs. I've gained about 8 of it back and would be happy to stay at this weight.

      Activity on the NIF forum goes both down and up. It seems low now but not like a new norm.

    2. Boydstun


      Thanks for health update. Bummer on the irreversible symptom.

      The NIF thing is OK. I just wasn't able to google and find that group at all. I mean it was no longer showing up in a search. But Jim Henderson has now given me the exact address of it, and I've bookmarked it so I can check in there now and then.

    3. EC


      This looks like it was supposed to be a private conversation, but it shows up in "All Activity". Just a heads up that it's posted publicly some how. Not sure who's a mod now that could fix this problem.

  8. I look forward to reading it, Stephen. I also will have an article in the July JARS. The title is Selfish vs Selfish. (There are two legit meanings.)
  9. Another possibility: https://thesecretofthetarot.com/angel-number-115/
  10. Open mind vs. closed mind vs. active mind. What matters to the author is open or closed. Style vs. substance. Truth??? https://www.academia.edu/34121016/Rhetorical_Closure?email_work_card=view-paper
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