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  1. So, I'm thinking about going to graduate school in English literature. I already have professors who will recommend me and I know that I want to study romantic realism. Any ideas of professors savvy in this field who teach at respectable universities? Know of any good programs? What about other paths that will support an interest in romantic realism? I want to start looking around as soon as possible. Thanks.
  2. I thought the people on this forum could help me out. I'm a big Ayn Rand aficionado and am looking for other writers who present Objectivist (specifically capitalist) themes in any of their short stories or poems. They could be symbolic of a capitalist system or directly related to free markets. They have to be by authors who are somewhat well known (i.e. not some guy who published a short story on a blog). Thanks everyone.
  3. Maybe you should try not spoiling the child. When she cries for no reason or seeks other ways to get attention that are not legitimate, don't give it to her. I think this is called negative reinforcement. You take away something (attention) in order to reinforce certain behavior (knowing that crying wont get you what you want). Also, never treat your child like he or she is never in the wrong. If your child makes a mistake, punish them accordingly (without ever spanking or using other forms of violence, of course). Most importantly, it is with attention that a child that young responds to. Som
  4. I was just curious if there are any families in this country that have made it public that they are raising their children according to strict Objectivist values. I would like to know what kind of effect that would have. I, for one, was raised in a Catholic family that valued reason and productivity just as equally as it valued respecting self-sacrifice and God. I (grudgingly) went to church with my parents almost every sunday until I was in high school and was even forced to become a confirmed catholic by my father, who is a businessman who enjoyed explaining concepts like the holy spirit and
  5. Although I'm sure no one would ever want to be in a vegetative state, I'm also sure that there are those who would want to be kept alive for religious reasons. I dont know what religion Schiavo was nor the degree to which she practiced it, but I do know that Christianity rejects any form of suicide, both assisted and unassisted. Although I wholeheartedly disagree with Christian philosophy, I do know for a fact that people are told to live out their lives regardless of what happens and that any sort of injury or tragedy is simply a test from God (or something like that). Who knows? Maybe Schiav
  6. You don't say... An unconscious item CAN express something although not through its actions. Instead, it expresses a value judgment through its appearance. The reason why we can say that it expresses something is because it must work in conjunction with the viewer to form an understanding. If the object did not express anything at all, the viewer would be doing all the work and every unique individual that looked at a painting would have a radically different idea of what it represented. This is not the case since it is possible for large numbers of people to come to the same conclusions ab
  7. I don't think that the phrase "recreation of reality" is as limiting as you think. Even the most fantastical and abstract image or thing can be a recreation of reality as long as it expresses some kind of value judgment. This is because that value is part of reality, therefore any judgment of it, concretized in a paiting or sculpture or poem, would necessarily be a recreation of the reality of that judgment or of the reality in which the value is contextualized (as viewed by the artist). At least, this is how I see it. I agree that true Art can be more than just Cordair pieces and Rand book
  8. The story of Terry Schiavo has been smeared all across televisions and newspapers nationwide as the struggle of one woman to stay alive in the face of apathy and insensitivity to life, right? This is how people would have you look at it. Pro-life fanatics parade around Schiavo's hospital with red tape over their mouths in order to rub their opinion in our faces, which is that every human being deserves to live, even if it is at the expense of others. Well I strongly disagree. Terry Schiavo has every right to live so long as there are people willing to voluntarily support her. Otherwise, it
  9. Robert W. Tracinski, editor of The Intellectual Activist, wrote that "[there] is an important forum in which we take [our moral inventory] every year...and broadcast it to the entire world. Our moral inventory is the Academy Awards, when Hollywood names the films it regards as its best, most important, most uplifting products."(1) Each year, the selections represent what "the Academy"considers to be the finest examples of the various aspects of the art and craft of film. Often, these selections provide us with a window into the moral fabric of our culture. Movies are products of this fabric
  10. I recently took an introductory class in writing poetry. One day we were all discussing the value of Art and I came to the conclusion that when it comes to Art, most people are afraid to draw lines (excuse the pun). Have you ever heard someone say "Anything can be art"? This is sometimes said after one criticizes the hideously warped metal structures outside of corporate buildings. There are two rules to remember when it comes to art: (1) It's ok to be elitist when judging so-called works of art, and (2) never forget the importance of craftsmanship. Relatively speaking, very few man-made ob
  11. If you consider yourself an objectivist (as I'm going to assume here), why would you despise Libertarian's? Any good reasons?
  12. I'm sure you've all heard that the rights have been acquired to make Atlas Shrugged into a movie (http://www.objectivistcenter.org/articles/annc_atlas-shrugged-film.asp). I wonder....who would be a convincing Dagny Taggart? How about Rearden and Francisco? James Taggart? Here's what I think. I picture Julianne Moore (from Hannibal, The Big Lebowski, The Forgotten) as Dagny Taggart. Something about the roles she has played and the way her face is shaped (great cheekbones) would (I think) make a convincing Objectivist heroine. For James Taggart, I see Stephen Dillane (who played Harker in
  13. Before you read what I am about to say, understand that when I say "Closed Objectivism," I am using a completely original term used to describe a drastically modified version of (lowercase o) objectivism as it is discussed by philosophers such as Boyd and Mackie. This is not Randian Objectivism, although there are similarities. I am posting this abstract (the full paper is attached as well) because I am curious as to what people think of my ideas. This is a completely original idea and does not draw on the works of Ayn Rand, although I have read Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Anthem, and
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