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    1. Music (Bass, Guitar, Drum Set, Trumpet, Piano)<br />2. Integrating Objectivism into my subconscious
  1. Have you seen what's happened in Iraq? If we plan to use the same strategies for Iran as Iraq I don't think I want war with Iran: unlike Saddam, Ahminedijad (sp? tried my best) won't be afraid to drop a nuke on America. I think we can only use force against Iran if the White House miraculously grows some "balls" and dispenses with these ridiculous rules of engagement.
  2. I think there are more improbable issues in the Bible to address than the contradiction of "God hates fags": talking donkeys, giants, and a man who single-handedly kills one thousand soldiers with a jawbone just to name a few.
  3. I think a lot needs to be cleared up about what the Uncertainty Principle actually is. The Uncertainty Principle doesn't contradict the Law of Identity or causualty. All that the Uncertainty Principle says is that, at this current point in time, we cannot measure extremely small particles accurately because using a photon to find out the position and velocity of another particle will necessarily have to distort this measurement. It does not say that these particles do not have an absolute, objective identity, just that our measurement cannot be accurate. At least that's my interpretation of th
  4. *** Mod's note: Merged with an earlier topic. - sN *** I think that Leonard Peikoff unnecessarily and unjustly dismisses the uncertainty principle as irrational. For those who aren't familiar with the term, the uncertainty principle states that the more accurately one predicts a particle's velocity, the more innacurately on can predict that same particle's position and vice versa. As Stephen Hawking explains, Leonard Peikoff is clearly in opposition to this position. I think that he arbitrarily dismisses the uncertainty principle. He says Peikoff's dismissal of the uncertainty
  5. In its current state, string theory cannot be tested empirically. It is not falsifiable and is therefore not a good scientific theory.
  6. Khatchaturian - Violin Sonatas I second Shostakovich - Symphony #7 and any of his other works for that matter Schoenberg - String Quartets (JUST KIDDING haha)
  7. "The art of arranging sounds to be heard in linear time passage" I don't think this is a proper definition. There is music which is not organized in a "linear" time passage. Free jazz and avant garde come to mind.
  8. Great article. Thanks! I like that he even criticizes his "colleagues" for abhorring selfishness. My favorite quote from that article is "kindness can only give away the goods self-love [aka self-interest] provides". He realizes that altruists can only survive and operate through an intermediary: egoists.
  9. I agree with marko 25. If songs with "recycled" chord structures were deemed morally corrupt, you'd have to reject the blues and a lot of jazz. The blues has ONLY one progression (I-IV-V) and jazz composers frequently use and insert the ii-V7-I progression into their sheets.
  10. As a jazz lover and jazz musician (guitar, bass, alto sax) I can tell you that this is an unfounded and untrue statement. While jazz was built on earlier styles (blues, spirituals, and ragtime) it is hardly anything like the music that came before it. To say that "most jazz is just a new interpretation of an older tune" is unfounded. Even though there are ::some:: standards found on ::some:: newer albums (most likely the Chris Botti type) most albums are all original. There have been countless innovations in jazz that probably never could have happened in any other genre because of the tot
  11. This is true, but I have yet to see an Objectivist validate the use of alcohol as either good or evil. And if we live in a world of absolutes, then if having massive amounts of alcohol is an immoral act, then having a minimal amount of alocohol would also be an immoral act. Until he validates the us of alcohol as either good or evil - which would most likely require a logical proof, I do not think that he can judge her based on that topic alone.
  12. [Moderator's note: The following have been merged into this thread. Their original thread was this one.] First of all, I don't think any Objectivist has properly proven that the use of alcohol is either good or bad. Therefore, I do not think that you can judge her based on her use of alcohol until you prove that the use of alcohol is immoral (which it certainly cannot be since many of Rand's characters use alcohol throught her novels). Am I wrong?
  13. I play guitar, bass, and sax. What are you looking to do? Some sort of Rush/Yes/Genesis thing?
  14. I nearly jumped out of my chair when I saw the words "David Kelley" and the subtitle "Philosopher" under it! Walter Williams (From Capitalism Magazine) also made a few comments. They were shown in good light, however, as John Stossel explained how selfishness improves life for the better. Anyone else see this?! This is amazing!
  15. I hate working in groups at school. I have classes that are of mixed abilities, from the non-motivated and not so smart kids to extremely motivated kids such as myself. My Art History teacher assigned the class a project to work on and she also assigned the groups we'd be working in. I was assigned the group leader to two non-motivated and not-too smart kids. I finished my half of the powerpoint presentation. One kid didn't do anything and the other kid filled his slides with false information. I thought the teacher would grade us according to what each of us did, but she didn't. We all
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