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  1. On Visiting a Cemetery One day I walked through iron gates Through which some came one way, alone – My eyes roamed o’er the spread of land, The ordered names there set in stone. I walked the rows, and read the names My legs moved forth with even pace – Beneath each stone, now still and gone, What once had mind, and pulse, and face. I stopped at one, now deep in thought, Another would have done as well The name not in my memory now, But rather what the stone did tell. Beneath this plaque, now matter lay, Once with lungs quick with breath, with eye
  2. To She Who Walks in Light Were Light endowed with human form, Were Joy endowed with Life, Upon the earth, in matter wrought, Would stand my love, my wife. A priestess she, of Earthly creed, Her vows to Thought, and Light, Her temple, bright Reality, And I her love, her knight. Her form, alive with radiant joy She knows that she is Good – Her soul, a thing immaculate, Be less? Ne’er would, nor could. For what to gain, through sacrifice? Of one's own supreme Joy? What cause, to seek out suffering? Why Gold, with lead alloy? What choice
  3. Hmm. I was thinking that a general scientist in relation to existence might first divide existence into matter and energy (in a general sense, no equations needed : ) ) and then, of matter, into that which lives and that which does not. I need to consider further if this approach is fundamentally incorrect.
  4. I am currently working on a text on psychology, and write to offer a question that some of you may find interesting: Was the full development of an objective, reality-based and fully integrated philosophical system a necessary prerequisite of the beginning of development of a science of psychology? Why? Be well.
  5. Is the expansion of knowledge an inductive process? Rand writes: "All thinking is a process of identification and integration. Man perceives a blob a color; by integrating the evidence of his sight and his touch, he learns to identify it as a solid object; he learns to identify the object as a table; he learns that the table is made of wood; he learns that the wood consists of cells, that the cells consist of molecules, that the molecules consist of atoms...." (Galt's Speech) Is this an inductive process? Certainly our knowledge of what a concept is can continually expand. But does induction r
  6. Could one first divide existence into matter and energy?
  7. Miss Rand defined reason as "the faculty that identifies and integrates the material provided by man's senses". It is true that reason does this -- but as a formal definition, doesn't this entirely leave out the facts of which we are aware by introspection?
  8. This is a paper of mine on the subject of induction; I welcome your thoughts. -- The problem of induction asks, “How does one infer a general truth relating to a concept as such from the observation of a number of particular instances?” How does one establish that a property (by which I mean an attribute or causal implication of an attribute) is something all units of a concept have in common, or share, by virtue of their inclusion in the concept? How can one know that “Men are rational beings” — “Men are mortal” — “Men require self-esteem in order to live”? All of these statements are i
  9. On Sunlight I lift my head, and see its rays A sphere of yellow might – A glowing orb of light and life, Obliterating night. And in my soul, I choose light's path When two roads lie ahead – When one, to a gray living death, It's to Life's that I'm led. For that gray death is e'er a threat, Of life's light growing faint – And then to no more walk with pride, With soul of black'ning taint. How then to keep from this dark road? But choose the path of Right – The gleaming rays of glowing good, A soul forged in pure light. My life is won with every choice To face fact, not to flee – The c
  10. Truth involves the grasp of fact by a mind. Facts are objective. If something is established to correspond to fact, i.e. to reality, it is true. The concept of truth exists in the context of consciousness. Fact is metaphysical; truth is epistemological, though informed by fact. Facts can exist without being true, i.e. without having been validated as such by a consciousness, though we do not know them as fact until they are established to be true. Take for example an apple, that is, at present, red. Its redness is a fact. And it is true that it is red. What do I mean when I say this? I mean th
  11. I would like to expand on Rand's idea of a "self-sufficient ego" (mentioned in The Fountainhead): An ego that is self-sufficient requires no external validation of its moral value -- the only authority it consults for such a validation is itself. Its self-esteem, i.e. its personal conviction of its own moral worth, is complete, and is maintained in every action. It is grasped with iron, confident and completely autonomous certainty. Moreover, that grasp is wholly justified, and follows from the facts of one's identity as evaluated by rational standards of value. (Note it is impossible for
  12. Do you have any objections to the following definition? "Thought is a self-initiated, self-regulated, goal-directed process of cognition (i.e., identification by a logical process)."
  13. Of course you should return the money; the amount you are paid was specified at the time of the hire or your last raise. To keep it would be theft.
  14. *** Mod's note: Merged topics - sN *** *** Original Topic title: "Work and self-esteem" *** Is it possible for a man to value himself in any way, and to any degree, if he does not have a central purpose? Is work -- and more, a central purpose at which one's life aims -- the absolute precondition of self-esteem?
  15. Nothing is random. We live in a universe of entities acting and interacting in precise accordance with their natures. They always have done so, and will always continue to do so.
  16. A better definition: the sum of all factors conditioning one's perspective.
  17. This board claims to be concerned with Ayn Rand's Objectivism, a philosophy (not by any means complete) of Reason. I've now registered my own board relating to the philosophy. Don't even _think_ of registering there unless you're willing to think: ancientathensonline.com. Expect it within a month. Be well. :;!
  18. The "Who cares?!" is an relation to the specification of the mathematical parameters of the areas of two large cities.
  19. Who cares?! (A prior version of this including an expletive was modified prior to submission. Pardon.)
  20. The word is contextual, [insert name here].
  21. And why, in a thread titled "Reason and Logic" (!), is _basic stuff_ not the place to begin! (!)
  22. Better: "Reason is the faculty men possess by which they can establish Truth by means of Thought."
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