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merjet last won the day on February 11

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    I have several articles published in Objectivity and the Journal of Ayn Rand Studies.
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    University of Illinois
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    actuary (retired)

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  1. Why You Shouldn’t Be A Socialist #2
  2. I crossed my fingers that Mark Twain would return in 1985. Alas, it seems not to have happened. He hasn't appeared in 34+ years. 🙂
  3. Edmond Halley was quite an achiever. He aided and funded Isaac Newton's Principia. He constructed one of the first mortality tables, which are the foundation of life insurance. Much more.
  4. https://medium.com/@ricosutioso/diogenes-the-beggar-philosopher-fdd71946f641
  5. Why You Shouldn’t Be A Socialist #1
  6. Amazon 2019, ITEP and its wake Free File, Gov't Audit, ProPublica
  7. Oops. I didn't see "referencing Ayn Rand" earlier. I only saw "Miscellaneous News." So I request an administrator fix it somehow.
  8. The author of the op-ed, Garry Galles, wrote, "The main problem with understanding Ayn Rand’s position on this today is that modern usage of the term has eroded his meaning of altruism to little more than a synonym for generosity, so Rand’s rejection of the original meaning — the requirement of total selflessness — is erroneously taken as rejecting generosity. Portraying the modern usage as "little more than a synonym for generosity" is a stretch. A parent, human or another animal, caring for its young is often not mere "generosity."
  9. Is "... liberty, Rand’s focus in politics” acceptable?
  10. The following are not trying to answer your question, but: Object-Oriented Programming and Objectivist Epistemology: Parallels and Implications From here: "Most importantly, Booch's Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications, which some people consider "seminal" in the field, explicitly refers to Rand as a contemporary "object-oriented" philosopher, and includes Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology in the bibliography. I have no information as to how big of a role ITOE played in the development of Object Oriented, but having read the book, I would not at all be surprised if it played a rather large part. It essentially describes the mechanics of human concept-formation and how they reflect the real relationship between entities, attributes, and measurement. It lends itself very naturally to a computer-science approach.
  11. Adding to Reidy's post: The computers of the 1950's and 1960's were main-frame -- large and programmers were specialists. Personal computers came much later. The Apple I was launched in 1976, and the IBM PC in 1981.
  12. https://www.dailynews.com/2020/02/02/ayn-rands-misunderstood-position-on-altruism/
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