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  1. @ RichardParker: It is true that God-claim would be an arbitrary statement. However, the point there was that if some definition of God is wrong according to the existing body of knowledge, then the claim is false by definition.
  2. Hello from a chess player. I was really serious about chess until recently, when I switched my attention. Ever play on any internet servers?
  3. Great post indeed, thanks for posting this IamM.P. Just wow.
  4. I would like to offer short analysis on Haggart's statement about 'intellectual arrogance.' He seems to indicate that it is bad to state 'I know for this to be true, and I won't concede this point. Instead, I will accept whatever other point you (another person) have, and will not make myself stand above you, where by standing above I mean having another statement that I think is true, and which stands against your point.' He also underlines how people can be wrong on points during their life, which he seems to use as a proof that nobody should be certain about their ideas. Anyone else picked this up?
  5. Kevin, your post was really weird from the point of view of Objectivism. It was confusing as the beginning of it seemed to follow reason, but then in the middle the direction was switched. I had to re-read a portion of it, when it switched, because I missed the turning point there, and it got really weird. Am I correct that portion of your post (last portion) was satire?
  6. I was like that. At first, I thought: "Wow, someone actually says these correct things out loud in a book?" Later, it became, "Wow, it is actually intergrated," and "Now, I can intergrate my own thoughts and ideas under one cohesive system."
  7. In this particular case, it is not copyright that comes into place, but the terms that the recording comes under. I think it is stated right under the video link that recording is prohibited.
  8. Here is another interesting phenomenon, negative refraction: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamaterial#...efractive_index
  9. Good point. However, you did say under most definitions. So, I went a step further to cover all of them.
  10. Speaking of this point, I think it would serve well to remind ourselves with a monk who burned himself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thích_Quảng_Đức The story does not indicate that he deadened his nerves physically in any way, so this example can serve how such reflexes can be turned off with a use of a mind.
  11. I would say so as well. Having come from post-Soviet country, Ukraine, the mentality of the society and the make up, i.e. the general and common trend is still largely Soviet, especially among adults and elderly. I think it is slightly changing with new generations that grew up mostly in post Soviet era (like me), but it is still a big problem there. P.S. Russia is probably the worst country in this respect among ex-Soviet countries.
  12. @ softwareNerd and Ifat The question inside quotes was asked by softwareNerd. I did not see sN respond or comment on it, however. sN, should I take your silence on this portion as the sign that you agree with the reply by Ifat or that you plan to tackle it later? I disagree with that answer. I think that the purpose is not communication (communication with others, I assume is implied here, as communication with yourself doesn't make any sense). The purpose of definition should be to provide solid and logical grounds for building up knowledge about reality. I think this is what leads Objectivism to state that definition can be true or false - reality becomes the judge of definition. Ifat, from your reply I deduce that for you the judge of definition is not reality, but the quality of communication with others. Am I correct? P.S. If so, I find it really weird/illogical, that the standard of quality of a definition is communication with others.
  13. Keep in mind that Robin Hood was mentioned in AS as an evil mythical character.
  14. So, you are saying, degree is not really good, but doing something with your education is good. Something is not clear here. What do you mean by 'education' at the end there? What does 'get a life' mean in this context? How is it different? Because midterm was not created by him, and thus wasn't his creation/choice, and therefore not worth of pursueing? What does this skill set contain? I presume this is something Roark could not have had, as he didn't date much if at all, am I correct?
  15. Then how is it different from 'word' ? And doesn't that imply that different languages have different definitions of the same thing?
  16. Isn't it time to change the title of this thread, since Pope did not show any guts as it turned out, but backed away?
  17. I disagree. However, I will not debate this here. If you wish, you can start another thread for this.
  18. I don't know what you mean by 'reject all choice of symbols.' Is this a meaning of something from my posts?
  19. There is a sersies of articles by Ayn Rand on the matter of government, and its financing. I saw a few in VoS. Her idea was that it is too early to start something major like that. Rational philosophy must enter into the culture first, before this can be done or worth doing so.
  20. Abritrary should be rejected. The only guide to action and judgement is reason, not social established taboos and rules. This discussion is not about changing what all of society thinks, but whenever human body must be covered in public or not.
  21. This would be helpful, if you said it while considering if there was no social taboo on the naked body in public. You did not specify that. Did you say with the social taboo in mind or not? Yes, it is obvious what sexual organs are. However, this is not all there is to it. There are different forms of underwear, of different coverage, and of different transparency. What logic is used to determine which one of them is the correct one? OK, so you do see it as a man-made fact. This is an assumption, and I hope this was not a pressure on me, impying that if I (or whoever) disagree with that point, then I (or whoever) don't find breasts sexy. Furthemore, it is very incomplete. It is as if that statement assumes that what one finds sexy, must be covered. Is this correct?
  22. No, it is spelled with э in the opposite direction - e. So: "Опeра Бeдняка"
  23. This does not help our point here in the thread, as we are not discussing the current popular stance, but wherever one should endure heat versus taking off some clothes. (Note that taking shirt is OK in many cases.) No, not obvious. Before someone can decide to hide those parts, one must decide that they are sexual beforehand. Not the other way around. Otherwise, we get into lunacy of "Jazz is defined as what jazz players play." This looks like equating metaphysically given and man-made. Dogs exists, there is nothing good or bad about it. Cultural view on clothes are put in place by man (or men). Thus, it belongs to the sphere of ethics and morality - it can be either bad or good. Having to suffer heat, b/c one can not show too much of skin or whatever, does not sound like a good thing.
  24. I've found the book nearby. Here is the snippet I'm referring to: Pg. 698, top of the page, The Fountainhead, Book "Howard Roark", chapter XVII
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