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  1. Few people would openly admit that they prefer irrational treatments and doctors. But most people do in fact advocate irrational health practices – using pseudonyms for “irrational” as “holistic,” “alternative,” “homeopathic” and the deadly “natural.” Medicine requires reason The human body operates according to certain causal principles. If we wish to make a change in our health, we must understand some of those causal principles and act according to our understanding. To act without a rational basis is to disconnect our goals from their achievement. Irrationality does not guarantee failu
  2. Image via Wikipedia The role of a jury is to apply the law to the facts A trial ought to be, a fact-finding process, conducted in order to determine whether pre-existing legal principles are applicable to a specific case. It should not be a religious, philosophical, or political discourse – that is, the rules by which guilt or responsibility is determined must be known beforehand. It is not up to the judge or jury to determine what the law ought to be, only to apply it to the established facts. If the law was determined rather than applied at trial, it would be impossible for anyone to
  3. Image via WikipediaThe role of a jury is to apply the law to the facts A trial ought to be, a fact-finding process, conducted in order to determine whether pre-existing legal principles are applicable to a specific case. It should not be a religious, philosophical, or political discourse – that is, the rules by which guilt or responsibility is determined must be known beforehand. It is not up to the judge or jury to determine what the law ought to be, only to apply it to the established facts. If the law was determined rather than applied at trial, it would be impossible for anyone to obey
  4. Few people would openly admit that they prefer irrational treatments and doctors. But most people do in fact advocate irrational health practices – using pseudonyms for “irrational” as “holistic,” “alternative,” “homeopathic” and the deadly “natural.” Medicine requires reason The human body operates according to certain causal principles. If we wish to make a change in our health, we must understand some of those causal principles and act according to our understanding. To act without a rational basis is to disconnect our goals from their achievement. Irrationality does not guarantee failure
  5. There is no objective criteria for what rate of interests is “usury” Usury originally meant the practice of charging interest on loans. Sometime during Medieval times, the charging interest as such became politically acceptable and the term change to mean charging excessive interest rates. However, there is no objective definition of what a “fair” interest rate is beyond the rate agreed to by the parties involved, so an attack on usury is an attack on interest rates as such. There is no such thing as a single “just” interest rate because interest rates in a free market move towards an equil
  6. There is no objective criteria for what rate of interests is “usury” Usury originally meant the practice of charging interest on loans. Sometime during Medieval times, the charging interest as such became politically acceptable and the term change to mean charging excessive interest rates. However, there is no objective definition of what a “fair” interest rate is beyond the rate agreed to by the parties involved, so an attack on usury is an attack on interest rates as such. There is no such thing as a single “just” interest rate because interest rates in a free market move towards an equi
  7. It is often said that “special interests” are to blame for economic problems and corruption. But “special interests” are only a symptom, not the cause of the disease. Pressure groups are inherent in a mixed economy In a populist democracy with a mixed economy, every group that participates in the political system is a “special interest”, with the incentive and the power to use the political system to extract benefits for its members at the at the expense of everyone else. Corporations, unions, disease-awareness organizations, “minority” groups, and anyone who organizes around a common cause h
  8. It is often said that “special interests” are to blame for economic problems and corruption. But “special interests” are only a symptom, not the cause of the disease. Pressure groups are inherent in a mixed economy In a populist democracy with a mixed economy, every group that participates in the political system is a “special interest”, with the incentive and the power to use the political system to extract benefits for its members at the at the expense of everyone else. Corporations, unions, disease-awareness organizations, “minority” groups, and anyone who organizes around a common cause
  9. What is philosophy? Philosophy is the field that looks at the most basic, universal questions about existence. While other sciences study certain aspects of things, or certain types of things, philosophy is concerned with the most abstract questions about existence and man’s role in it. Philosophy asks questions such as: How can we know what is true? What is our purpose in life? How should we act? How should we organize society? Philosophy is inescapable Why are you reading this? Do you want to learn something? Why value learning? Is it because you value knowledge or because you want to hav
  10. What is philosophy? Philosophy is the field that looks at the most basic, universal questions about existence. While other sciences study certain aspects of things, or certain types of things, philosophy is concerned with the most abstract questions about existence and man’s role in it. Philosophy asks questions such as: How can we know what is true? What is our purpose in life? How should we act? How should we organize society? Philosophy is unavoidable Why are you reading this? Do you want to learn something? Why value learning? Is it because you value knowledge or because you want to have a
  11. Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism proposes a radical new theory of ethics: an objective, scientific theory of rational self-interest. How does Ayn Rand justify her theory? What is a moral code? Morality is a code of rules or principles to guide one’s actions. Before deciding which principles man should live by, any moral theory must first explain why it is needed at all. Is it an arbitrary invention, or does it have some basis in reality? Is it universally true or different for every person? According to Objectivism, morality is objective: it is derived from our nature of human beings.
  12. Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism proposes a radical new theory of ethics: an objective, scientific theory of rational self-interest. How does Ayn Rand justify her theory? What is a moral code? Morality is a code of rules or principles to guide one’s actions. Before deciding which principles man should live by, any moral theory must first explain why it is needed at all. Is it an arbitrary invention, or does it have some basis in reality? Is it universally true or different for every person? According to Objectivism, morality is objective: it is derived from our nature of human beings. Lif
  13. Political perspectives can roughly be grouped into three historical camps: Conservatism, (classical) Liberalism, and Marxism. The essential difference between these schools is in their solution to the problem of human values. Liberals see individuals as rational, self-interested, and autonomous beings who can best resolve their conflicting material and spiritual values through voluntary cooperation. This means advocating a free market with a free marketplace of ideas (i.e. a pluralistic society) being its essential corollary. Conservatism and Marxism also sees the individual as self-intere
  14. Political perspectives can roughly be grouped into three historical camps: Conservatism, (classical) Liberalism, and Marxism. The essential difference between these schools is in their solution to the problem of human values. Liberals see individuals as rational, self-interested, and autonomous beings who can best resolve their conflicting material and spiritual values through voluntary cooperation. This means advocating a free market with a free marketplace of ideas (i.e. a pluralistic society) being its essential corollary. Conservatism and Marxism also sees the individual as self-interes
  15. What does the government mean by healthcare reform? When the Obama administration talks about healthcare reform what they are really talking about is using the coercive power of the government 1) to force healthcare providers to provide services at lower costs 2) to force individuals to choose the least expensive healthcare and 3) to force people who are not receiving those services (aka taxpayers) to pay for them. Does everyone have a right to healthcare? Not in the colloquial sense. Everyone does have a right to healthcare, but not in the sense that the administration uses it. The right to h
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