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  1. I've just finished reading the first book in what seems to be a great trilogy. The book is titled "Off Armageddon Reef", and is a sci-fi novel, currently set in a medieval world. Some great capitalism vs theocracy themes there, combined with intelligent plot. You can read the first few sample chapters at the link below. Chances are you will be hooked after reading the very first chapter (NOTE: pay close attention to the dates at the beginning of first few chapters, as centuries pass between each one initially): http://www.webscription.net/chapters/07653.../0765315009.htm Here's the text from the cover of the 1st book:
  2. I don't think this series will last past the 1st season. It keeps getting progressively worse. I loved the opening scenes of the premiere - the first few minutes looked great for a TV series. But now, with each episode the whole thing feels more like a Xena Warrior Princess than an original story. I wonder if it would turn out any different if HBO was in charge of production?
  3. I simply hope that this was unintentional and not a complete butchering of the Objectivism philosophy behind the story of the books, but it really doesn't seem to be. Other then this little line, I rather enjoyed episode 3. Yup - it hurt my ears hearing Richard say that as well.
  4. Yep - certainly nothing ground-breaking here. And the first 10 minutes that they showed in the previews were by far the best part. Still - I'll continue to watch the series. I don't consider the fact that the story is very different from the books a bad thing. It makes it more interesting to watch, rather than going over something I've already read. Goodkind said, that as long as the series stays true to the characters, the story differences won't matter to the fans - I have to agree with him. I would much rather the series be picked up by HBO instead - but oh well - this is better than nothing.
  5. I'd say easily much more than that. Especially young people. I learned about Objectivism thanks to Sword of Truth books as well. One day I read Goodkind's bio, found Ayn Rand mentioned in it, and went from there. This is definitely going to expose a lot more people - particularly those who decide to check out the books once they get hooked on the series. Especially if the show is never completed - because somehow I doubt they'll be able to keep going for more than a few seasons at the most.
  6. First scene from the series can be found here - at least the camerawork looks good, if they could only keep it up: http://www.craveonline.com/articles/filmtv...the_seeker.html I don't know about other states but in NYC area the show will air next week Saturday Nov 1st at 8pm on channel CW11. Also there will be a short preview one week before (tomorrow - on Saturday, Oct 25th) at 9:30PM. It's initial 10 minutes of the 1st episode - which can already be found on youtube, but I'd rather wait for high-def version on the TV.
  7. Faith of the Fallen (the book that comes after the one you're reading), is the best in the entire series.
  8. The trailer for the series is already out as well. Looks decent: http://www.legendoftheseeker.com/
  9. On a similar note - if you look at the distribution of income based on your education level, you'll see that it keeps rising as you go from Elementary to Secondary to Bachelor's Degree, and peaks at Master's Degree it then falls down for people with Doctorate Degrees.
  10. I honestly fail to see the problem. Unless like Viking said, you are disputing the fact that people going to prison are less trustworthy. If I have two options: A and B, and the odds of succeeding are twice as good for A than for B, then by picking B I'd be guilty of rejecting reality.
  11. I see nobody chose to answer your question. The logical choice, with race being the only information given, would be to trust the White guy. By analogy, if you were to cheat on a test, and had to choose bewteen copying from an Asian student vs. a White student, statistically speaking you'd have more chance of a good grade going with the former. Coin toss analogy doesn't apply here - unless we're talking about a coin that ends up Tails 75% of the time...
  12. Anxiety is a tough one, and short of some extraordinary life changing event (surviving a plane crash for example), or help from a mental health professional, I doubt it's possible to pull yourself out, regardless of the philosophy...
  13. Muslim countries have lower rates of adultery... This man suffers from Islamophobia...
  14. I don't remember the original article, but I just googled it, and found something here: http://www.slate.com/id/2152983.
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