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  1. To clarify I've encountered this in many contexts, intimate friendships and romantic interests. It usually occurs during some period of change in either their lives or mine (travel, moving, changing jobs, etc.), i.e. they are not trying to intentionally hurt me, but are overwhelmed with other stresses of life, and it manifests itself in finding faults in my behavior or personality instead of concentrating on improving themselves. I suppose you're right about being confrontational and defensive; compassion is probably the best approach if the person plays a pivotal role in one's life, and
  2. Psychological projection (or projection bias) as defined by Wikipedia is: a defense mechanism in which one attributes to others one’s own unacceptable or unwanted thoughts or/and emotions. Projection reduces anxiety by allowing the expression of the unwanted subconscious impulses/desires without letting the ego recognize them. Initially, I used to dismiss others as lacking in certain virtues or perhaps having certain vices that I found undesirable. Often times my conclusions would be warranted, especially if the vices were blatant or manifested themselves in something concrete (e.g. excess
  3. You're absolutely right about lacking full knowledge, and how that shouldn't stifle your decision making, but instead apply the principles to the best of our knowledge. Its hard because there seems to be a desire for omniscience before making a decision, which I believe is motivated by self-doubt or the fear of making the wrong decision. As Objectivists we realize how much of an impact choices have on our life long-term, but being young means we don't have many experiences to derive knowledge from so we fear that we maybe making the wrong decision. I'm wondering how often this is the case,
  4. Its funny that you should mention art because I was thinking about that too. I have always been overly critical of works of art even before I discovered Objectivism. And I wonder if at times I'm making the right judgment about a movie or book in terms of appreciating it despite its philosophical message. I'm often overly critical or dismissive if the artwork's theme has a negative sense of life, philosophical message, or the characters have too many vices. Take for example the movie Prestige vs. The Illusionist. I really disliked the Prestige because the characters were complete secon
  5. I found Objectivism at a very impressionable age, 18, and it definitely affected my outlook on the world. I was already an idealist and had preconceived notions regarding judging people and the world. I used Objectivism to rationalize judging others harshly, and actively dimissed anyone who did not fit into the perfect Objectivist rendition of a heroic character. My psychology became composed of "shoulds", and had an almost puritannical fashion of always being productive and purposeful, pursuing only "rational values", and loving only those who were 100% rational. As one would imagine this
  6. I just watched the video, and I was sadly disappointed at the lack of air time for Dr. Binswanger. I think Dr. Binswanger got his point across in the last two seconds, but it wasn't strong enough.
  7. Definitely agree with everyone else's advice in regards to learning about what programming is before you learn a language. And another thing thats helpful is to learn the basics about computer architecture nothing too fancy, but just to understand the basic jargon (e.g. disk vs. memory, data transfer speeds bits vs. bytes, major components of a computer). So that you have a nice overview of how things fit together. I double majored (EE/CS) and I found that other who did wrote better code because they understood the big picture. The quickest and best way to learn programming is by doing
  8. To summarize whats probably already been said, and throw in my own experiences: I've dated both Objectivist and non-Objectivst men. The conclusions I've derived from both are the following. Non-Objectivists might be mostly rational in some aspect of their lives, such as their career or passion for a particular subject, but if they do not either implicity follow the philosophy in all realms of life or desire to learn more about it then a long-term relationship will be un-fulfilling for you. However, this doesn't mean one should disclude dating them, but keep in mind the imbalance when pro
  9. You basically mean the trader principle, mutual admiration and respect. That's afterall what friendship is; you choose to be with those who are like another self.
  10. I own both so I'll read it later today. Thanks!
  11. As I understand it love is a selfish act; you chose whom you love, and vice versa. As humans we are social beings who seek companionship in order to share values with one another, and psychologically we want to be with other humans for mutual benefit. But we only want to be with people who recognize the good in us. This makes sense because we should be revered for our virtues not our vices. One tenet of love is admiration. You admire the one you love because of their virtues. My question is "is the desire to be admired second-handed"? Its not that we pursue goals and act virtuously
  12. Originally I read the Fountainhead and Anthem in high school, and enjoyed them immensely, but did not know there was a philosophy behind it until I got to college. In college I joined the Objectivist club to learn more about philosophy. The campus club was at Duke, and it was run very well by my good friend Alex Epstein. I also had a pretty unique experience while I was there, because I learned from two Objectivist professors Dr. Gary Hull (philosophy), and Dr. Eric Daniels (history). They definitely shaped my understanding of Objectivism in terms of ethics and politics. I enjoyed having
  13. Hello All, I joined this forum, because its been a long time since I had a good philosophical discussion with anyone! Somehow after college I got so wrapped up in my career that I started to neglect learning more about Objectivism and philosophy. I'd like to consider myself an Objectivist, but I think I'm still learning and growing and have been for about 7 years now. Fundamentally, I'm a passionate person who believes that philosophy is meant to guide your life, and improve the way you live it. I love Ayn Rand's novels and especially the heroic characters; I aspire to be like them ev
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