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    I've read 7 non-fiction books written by Ayn Rand (Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtue of Selfishness, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, The Romantic Manifesto, Philosophy: Who Needs It?, For The New Intellectual,but Return of the Primitive), plus several books written by Objectivists like Leonard Peikoff (The Ominous Parallels, the DIM Hypothesis, Teaching Johnny to Think, Objective Communication, Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand), Robert Knapp (Mathematics is About The World), David Harriman (The Logical Leap: Induction in Physics), Harry Binswanger (How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation), Craig Biddle (Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and The Facts That Support It), John Allison (The Financial Crisis and The Free Market Cure) and Yaron Brook (Free Market Revolution, Equal is Unfair).
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  1. If anyone needs proof that modern theoretical science has been completely corrupted by bad philosophy, I encourage you to watch, at least, the first 15 minutes of this show. This show is a good example of how bad philosophy can lead to complete skepticism regarding the validity of all scientific knowledge. Hawking starts with his assertion that "a black hole contains a lot of information" then makes an embarrassing chain of deductions that he should be ashamed of. Notice how rationalists are more concerned with connecting ideas to other ideas rather than connecting their ideas to
  2. The "pluriverse" is an arbitrarily-constructed invalid concept. The rational response to an arbitrary assertion is to dismiss it, recognize it as fantasy, and turn one's attention to reality. The arbitrary is not logically entitled to a refutation.
  3. The original post in this thread made the following point in the conclusion: One must choose a side. Either there are universals which actually hold in reality, or else there is no such thing. As an intrinsicist, he holds that essences are what we currently happen to consider the fundamental essential characteristics of a concrete actually exist in concretes themselves independent of the human mind. That is Intrincism (Aristotle himself made this mistake) which was refuted by Ayn Rand, and replaced by Objectivism. What we observe in concretes is real (metaphysical) but
  4. One’s mental file folders (concepts) are not for storing a concept’s units. Concepts are folders for storing KNOWLEDGE about the units. Intrinsicists believed that essences are metaphysical, meaning that they believed that metaphysical entities themselves have essences (they don’t). Intrinsicism concludes that all cognition is like sense perception (where everything is metaphysically given). It means automatic illumination on conceptual issues. It relies on intuition and revelation. Famous intrinsicist expression: “To those who understand, no explanation is necessary.
  5. What does it mean to regard concepts as epistemological? That means that the essence of a concept is determined contextually and may be altered with the growth of man's knowledge. All definitions are contextual and a primitive definition does not contradict a more advanced one. The latter merely expands the former. When new evidence confronts him metaphysically (a black swan), he has to expand his definitions. Realist theories take the generality that exists only in man's mind and make it a universal existing in the external world. As a legal preamble, every definition begin
  6. Wealth is stuff: homes, cars, food, fuel. Money is nothing but a claim on wealth. Gold makes good money because it is scarce; i.e., it limits how much a government can inflate the money supply or multiply claims on existing wealth. Waiter: Would you like your pizza cut into 6 slices or 8? Fed chairman: Make it 8. I’m extra hungry today. The pizza represents wealth. Subdividing it into a million slices won’t make the pizza grow. People used to be able to redeem dollars for gold. The threat of redemption kept the Fed honest. Domestic convertibility ended i
  7. What else are you going to follow? Is there a better, more reliable, alternative to thinking? Obeying authority? Instinct? If it feels good, do it? Psychics, horoscopes, Ouija boards, Magic 8-balls, fortune cookies, numerology. Wish-fulfillment fantasy?
  8. Quoted from Ayn Rand's Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology: "Since everything possesses identity, the universe possesses identity. Since EVERYTHING is FINITE, the UNIVERSE is FINITE. [drops mic, leaves room]
  9. http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/infinity.html Every unit of length, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, has some specific extension; every unit if time, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, has some specific duration. The idea of some INFINITELY SMALL amount of length or temporal duration has validity ONLY as a MATHEMATICAL DEVICE. By analogy: the average family has 2.2 children, but no actual family has 2.2 children; the "average family" exists only as a mathematical device.
  10. There are 5 branches of philosophy. Metaphysics is the study of existence. Epistemology is the study of knowledge. Ethics is the study of action. Politics is the study of force. Esthetics is the study of art. Of the 5 branches of philosophy, metaphysics is the trunk of the tree. The whole purpose of Ayn Rand's West Point speech was to drive home the utter importance of metaphysics. Her spacecraft metaphor laid it out: Where am I? (metaphysics) How do I know it? (epistemology) What should I do? (ethics). You cannot answer the last 2 questions unless you know where you are (metaphysics).
  11. Wrong. Aristotle rejected Plato's metaphysics and completely denied Plato's World of Forms. Aristotle maintained that there is only 1 reality, the world of concrete entities that we perceive.
  12. There are 5 branches of philosophy. Metaphysics is the study of existence. Epistemology is the study of knowledge. Ethics is the study of action. Politics is the study of force. Esthetics is the study of art. Of the 5 branches of philosophy, metaphysics is the trunk of the tree. The whole purpose of Ayn Rand's West Point speech was to drive home the utter importance of metaphysics. Her spacecraft metaphor laid it out: Where am I? (metaphysics) How do I know it? (epistemology) What should I do? (ethics). You cannot answer the last 2 questions unless you know where you are (metaphysics).
  13. How do you account for "Objectivists regard essences as epistemological" in Ayn Rand's Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology?
  14. How do you account for this quote from Ayn Rand's Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology? Aristotle regarded essences as metaphysical; Objectivists regard essences as epistemological.
  15. Of course, tadpoles become frogs? How do you explain the tadpoles that become toads? Of course, caterpillars become butterflies? How do you explain the caterpillars that become moths?
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