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  1. It's been many years since I read a few of Gerald Edelman's books, so my memory of their content has faded. Anyway, he made a similar distinction between primary consciousness and higher consciousness. An Amazon search on his name will give a longer list of the books he wrote.
  2. Coronavirus - sloppy, biased NY Times Coronavirus - Trump on testing
  3. Stephen, thanks for your perspective. It seems I didn’t do so to your satisfaction, but I did make a distinction between what ‘black lives matters’ means to various individuals and what it means to the organization and movement BLM. I thought about but didn’t include in my blog post the question, Does ‘black lives matter’ mean all black lives or some black lives? The question is very relevant to your following comment. In my opinion, BLM saying that these other victims also matter would be an upgrade. I would respect BLM much more if it downgraded its advocacy of Marxism and condoning violence, but I don’t expect that will happen. If those other black victims killed by other blacks who aren't police officers are excluded, that at least suggests that ‘black lives matter’ really means ‘some black lives matter.’ That makes me wonder if BLM’s ‘black lives matter’ is more an advertising slogan for a package deal than a statement of principle.
  4. True Plight of Black Americans Meaning of 'Black Lives Matter'
  5. "Protesters said they are planning to topple a statue of Abraham Lincoln in the capital meant to commemorate his 1863 proclamation freeing enslaved people in the rebel states at the height of the Civil War" (WSJ, pay-walled). "“As a black man, when I see that statue, I see that my freedom and liberation only lies with white people,” said Glenn Foster, 20 years old, of Montgomery County, Md., an organizer of the Tuesday rally." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emancipation_Memorial
  6. Edges, Entities and Existence This essay, which contains a lot about Ayn Rand's ideas about entities, was presented at The Objectivist Center's (now The Atlas Society) Advanced Seminar in 2000. There is nothing about Aristotle's substance (ousia). It's long.
  7. I was confused when I first read this. Then I found this: "Dawson and Downey are cleared of the murder charge, but found guilty of "conduct unbecoming" and ordered to be dishonorably discharged. Dawson accepts the verdict, but Downey does not understand what they did wrong. Dawson explains that they had failed to defend those too weak to fight for themselves, like Santiago" (link). Dawson and Downey were on trial for having killed Santiago. The verdict was that they did so unintentionally. Excellent movie with the memorable words of Col. Jessep (Jack Nicholson): "You can't handle the truth."
  8. 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.
  9. People do exaggerate. A person might say, "I can't breathe" when "I''m have difficulty breathing" or similar is more truthful.
  10. 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
  11. Net neutrality - USA vs Europe Coronaviris - innovation
  12. Coronaviris - innovation
  13. 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).
  14. 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.
  15. Irrelevant. The number in question is 1.4 billion (link).
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. [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.
  20. Coronavirus - death of a campaign
  21. Coronavirus - death of a campaign
  22. Coronavirus - Medicare for All #3
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