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  1. Excuse for being late to this thread, but I must, absolutely most correct this. (Note that I am an aerospace engineer, a PhD student in the field in fact, and share excitement for space travel with those who've expressed it. Nevertheless I am opposed to almost every opinion you've expressed in this thread.) I'm surprised no one has corrected your misuse of Ayn Rand here, "Daedalus". You have been using the following as your "premission slip" to excuse and advocate further funding for NASA (let us set aside the fact that you seem to have not engaged in a single line of independent reasonin
  2. Bah, you've obviously never read any of his own writing besides the Decleration, nor any of John Adams's own writing, like A Defense of Constitutions of the United States of America. Jefferson was the best with pen, and the most astute politician (which is somewhat of a dubius title for those times) of the Founders. If you get a chance, read some of Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, it's online.
  3. At the risk of beating a dead horse, this is a false statement -- everything you claim to "know" is based on faith. You can't claim certainty regarding any of your knowledge, Eternal.
  4. She is amazing. I really enjoyed her in National Treasure.
  5. Using Google image, here's what I got-- People under street-light lighting at night: NYC at night (different sky-lighting):
  6. Very nice, Ravane, very nice. Lovely and elegant. I especially like the fragility evoked by her slenderness combined with the look on her face, which to me evokes "I belong in this city, among these buildings, and I know it". Is this the scan of something you're doing by hand? If so, how big is it in real life? Will you do colors as well?
  7. Indeed, only an interest in ends without means would lead someone to play such silly mind games. No offense, Nick, but I can't think of any self-respecting man trying to reverse cause and effect in any realm of values, including the romantic realm.
  8. Online Oxford Compact Dictionary-- dogmatic: • inclined to impose dogma; firmly asserting personal opinions as true dogma: • an inflexible principle or set of principles laid down by an authority. There is nothing about provable or “unprovable”. Again from OCD-- imperious: • arrogant and domineering. The usage in the quoted passage is correct. I would say that one could be imperiously dogmatic, or humbly dogmatic.
  9. I will try to quote the relevant passage from OPAR some time tomorrow.
  10. Well, Ayn Rand made a distinction between implicitly holding a concept and explicitly identifying it. She held that young children progress through implicit understandings of the basic axioms. Is it your view that implicitly holding a concept requires volition?
  11. Roman Republic, not the Empire! Modern-day Roman, I really like that. Perhaps when I'm ready I'll commission for just such a house, if I think I've earned such a label.
  12. Ayn Rand chose her words very carefully. "Prime" is not like "most" or "majority", it is more like "first" or "highest". I would reword your sentence as follows: "I place concern for myself ahead of concern for other people."
  13. That's very precise, and perceptive of you, yes. I agree with this. Thanks for your comments. I'm currently reading Polybius's The Rise of the Roman Empire. It is a classic which was practically memorized by the founders (written 2nd century BC). I'm falling in love with the Roman Republic and all it stood for. I don't consider Rome great because I was told so, I consider it great because I'm coming to realize for myself that it was. Back to the topic: So in essence, one thing is to assess to what extent a piece of art stays true to its theme, but quite another thing to assess why
  14. Additionally, consider the New York City public library. Is that "wrong" as well (with its columns and lions at the front)?
  15. Again, the notion of self-evidency, as in your sexuality thread, must be clearly understood for us to move on to more specialized questions. What have you read of Ayn Rand?
  16. I think it is crucial that you understand the idea of self-evidency before any discussion carries on. Self-evidency is not a matter of social-convention or the state-of-the-art in some specialized science. What do you understand self-evidency to be?
  17. Yes, I know, you have angst with discussing "what would so-and-so do?" when so-and-so is fictional. I, however, think it is a perfectly valid method of analysis within a certain context and given certain motivations, but not all. For example, not in order to mindlessly follow what one thinks so-and-so would do, but to discover what so-and-so would do given intimate knowledge of his principles and character. Fictional characters, after all, if created properly, can most assuredly be understood in principle, just as any real-life person. Anyway, that's not the point of this and it doesn't ch
  18. I agree with this, now having read the whole post. I had originally read the last line which contained the question. I.e., it's an underhanded swipe at self-evidency as such.
  19. I'm genuinely interested in helping you solve this dilemma, but first please clearly define what is meant by "social reality."
  20. Are the questions in your second paragraph to be answered by the architect or by the customer, or both? Roark seemed to demand that he be given simply the function of the building, not the theme. The theme seemed to be decided by him. However, remember the Stoddard Temple? The theme was explicitly stated by the customer. What of the possible commissions I mentioned in my original post? Would Roark take a commission if I demanded that it remind me of the greatness of Rome?
  21. Forgive me for jumping into the middle of this meeting of Odden, Stein & Partners, but I feel the urge to state the obvious: there is a difference between a man’s natural rights and the “rights” afforded to him via contractual agreement; the latter stemming from the former. When a man decides to make his life in the domain of a particular state, he enters into an agreement with the state. This agreement affords him contractual rights, of which here in the U.S. include, but aren’t limited to: the right to a speedy trial, the right to call on witnesses in one’s defense, etc. So long a
  22. The answer is that it is never acceptable for a government to violate individual rights. Rights are either respected, or they are not. Here is Ayn Rand's view on the question:
  23. Excuse me, but that was a question about the Objectivist position, and you don't speak for Objectivism. Can you quote a passage with proper citation that refers to the compelling of witnesses by a court, given possession of objective proof of having witnessed, as being immoral?
  24. In The Fountainhead we learn of a man that judges buildings as he judges men: both must have integrity. Integrity for a building, to me, means the extent to which it adheres to a single theme. Here I have a question: Is function the only element that establishes a building's proper theme? For example, Roark built a home for his friend Austin Heller which was situated on a cliff (if I recall correctly). Now, the function of the building was "home for Austin Heller," but I can't say with confidence that its theme was completely determined by this function. The building itself was desc
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