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  1. Rand defines the self as follows: "A man’s self is his mind—the faculty that perceives reality, forms judgments, chooses values." In Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, she elaborates: "Consciousness is not a primary object, it is not an independent existent, it is an attribute of a certain kind of existents." And: "The notion of 'self' is an axiomatic concept; it's implicit in the concept of 'consciousness'; it can't be separated from it." I'm trying to clarify the relationship between "self" and "consciousness." If self is a "faculty" of awareness, how is that different from
  2. Something I've struggled with since becoming an Objectivist is that I am totally at odds with the culture at large, including many of my formerly close friends. I've found myself pulling away from years-long friendships because I find their political and philosophical views to be appalling. I live in an extremely liberal, "progressive" part of the United States, and the majority of people I know are pro-Socialism or even pro-Communism. I can, to some degree, tolerate mixed premises or unarticulated, uncritical acceptance of some of society's edicts, but I can't stand people who are acti
  3. Thanks for sharing! To anyone interested, Objectivist Amy Peikoff recently interviewed the art gallery owners mentioned in this post:
  4. I think the answer depends on what you mean by "real Objectivists." Does living at home as an adult and being financially dependent on a parent automatically exempt someone from your definition? Speaking from my own experience, I'm a so-called Millennial who lives at home in a high cost-of-living area, and I consider myself an Objectivist.
  5. Thanks for responding. Even if compatibilism isn't a big issue within Objectivism, I have a special personal interest in learning more about refuting it. Worded hastily, I'm wondering how free will exists as an absolute in the context of mental illnesses that appear to be biologically caused, and so I'm trying to grapple with how biological determinism, which some use as an argument for compatibilism, fits in with free will in the Objectivist sense. I didn't necessarily want to drag all of that into my post though since I think the argument really distills down to the scope of determinism itse
  6. I would love to read a scholarly essay or direct writings from Rand on the subject of Compatibilism. I've seen several posts on this forum that claim that Objectivism is "closer to" or "basically the same as" Compatibilism, but I don't think that's true in a strictly "orthodox" reading of Objectivism's position on free will. Based on my nascent understanding of free will, and someone please correct me if I'm wrong, Objectivism acknowledges the Law of Causation, but rejects the Compatibilist view that, although human beings can act freely, the basis of the will to act is determined by anteceden
  7. Hi everyone, first post here and I imagine it won't be a hugely popular topic for various reasons: the genetic component of homosexuality is still debatable; there don't seem to be very many homosexual Objectivists; and conversion therapy is almost exclusively discussed elsewhere in a religious context. I'm mostly interested in hearing opinions on the topic, so my question then is this: How likely is it that a gay person might be able to change his/her sexual orientation? How would one go about this process? As a lesbian, I admittedly would prefer to be straight because I want to hav
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