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    A woman who reflects all my values and convictions, with whom I can have the clearest and most convincing conversations: The Woman. Obviously, she would find her values reflected in me, with whom she can have the clearest and most convincing conversations.
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    I'm curious, down to earth and methodical. I love a good argument and have zero tolerance for non-sense. I also have a pretty good sense of humour and get along easily with people.
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    The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, Philosophy Who Needs it?, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology and Virtue of Selfishness.

    Academically, I have a background in psychology and neuroscience. I've always wanted concrete answers to the biggest and most fundamental questions of life. I hold a competent understanding of metaphysics & epistemology and want to apply it to all facets of life. I'm looking forward to connect with people with whom I might share perspectives and goals.

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  1. Not sure about a specific term, but you're sure to find a vat of emotion followed by rationalizations.
  2. Movies are not the proper medium to debunk irrationality, especially in a country where movies are taken for granted - "after all it's just a movie, it's for entertainment, why take it seriously, the purpose is to just think differently for one day and then get back to our practical lives." Besides, context dropping is the most prevalent problem in the 'intellectual community' in India. It has deep roots, really deep roots. Anuj, I think we shouldn't ignore this question - 'at what line do you conclude that it's a lost cause'.
  3. Is it a trashing when I observe that Eddie, during his final moments, considered the train more valuable than his own life? Taggart's wife was not an ideal person. One would commit suicide only when one is riddled with pain, fear and guilt. I think, that both of them had the choice to take their attention away from all the things that were bothering them and then choose to pay attention on the solutions - 'how to overcome the collectivist mongrels'. It is a question of philosophical literacy and psychological strength. I don't mean to trash anyone. I would say that innocence is u
  4. I think what set of qualities in a car turns an individual on boils to personal association. I'm a huge fan of formula one. I also love drifting. Can I drift in the modern day 'performance car'? No. But will enjoy the seamless gear shifts? Most certainly, because it'll be close to what I've always want to do - race in a F1 grand prix. But as far as the question of automation goes, nope, it's not a good idea. Self driving cars are practical for long distance drives and that too for people who wouldn't mind taking public transport. For relatively short trips and the sense of freedom, no
  5. I agree with your assessment of Eddie, but not of Dagny. It was in her own self interest that she turned over the John Galt line to TT. Everybody knew that Dagny WAS Taggart Transconinental. She was not a serf to TT because TT was not an entity that was being served by her and at her expense. TT was the reflection of her own self. Technically, she was working on the Rio Norte. It was out not being allowed to do her job, that she took the extreme measure of setting up a new company. She did not trade a higher value for a lower value. She has never been a serf anywhere in the novel, in th
  6. Eddie didn't value his life enough to save it. He placed the train, which had been brought to such a state by the looters, above his own life - like a captain, he chose to sink with his ship. Is it still okay to say "poor him"? He was virtuous in the context of other values, such as perfection, reliability etc.
  7. Eddie was not invited to the gulch. I wonder why?
  8. Hello Devil's Advocate, I suppose I didn't pass your test then? Good to meet you. Howdy dream_weaver, thank you for the heads up. I can say that I feel at home. Well, I suppose Severinian would benefit from checking his premise as well?
  9. I am being asked to draw likeness between emotional responses to a picture and a situation which takes place in a very complex and deep context. Am I being tested because I'm a newbie here or is there really a flaw anywhere in my argument, if so, I'd be delighted to right myself.
  10. Severinian, The 'general public' in the novel, is depicted as not being objective,people went by feeling, whim and the 'public good'. If I were in Atlantis and was being told ".... the final crash, when the roof comes down on their heads", would I be wrong to think to myself - "finally, the looters are falling of the weight of their own evil, this is good, for me and all rational men"? The entire idea of feeling bad, depends on the degree of innocence of the people freezing and dying, as in collateral damage. But I think in a society, things wouldn't go as bad as they went in the
  11. Let’s build some context. “Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” (Virtue of Selfishness) “Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy—a joy without penalty or guilt, a joy that does not clash with any of your values and does not work for your own destruction, not the joy of escaping from your mind, but of using your mind’s fullest power, not the joy of faking reality, but of achieving values that are real, not the joy of a drunkard, but of a producer.” (Galt) Now, let’s do some definitions for pain (all from merriam-webster
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