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  1. ... or possibly there is a hologram of a mountain over my favorite village Its interesting the subtle difference between exploring an argument and trying to win an argument. Mankind wanted men who could fly like angels, we got the Wright Brothers. Mankind wanted Omniscience, the internet is approaching it at greater speeds than my ten year old self ever dreamed. Mankind wanted eternal life, stem cell research is starting to clone organs from wisdom teeth. When women have equality Ayn Rand might take her rightful place among the great philosophers of history. I haven’t read of male philosophers who worship women as Ayn Rand worshiped men. Maybe that is a key deficit in the struggle for sexual equality. This fired up some thoughts. If a man transitions to a woman is he worshiping women, or does he want to make his body a vessel for worshiping a man? Some kind of ultimate expression of self love. The derisive tone and discomfort many misogynists feel toward transgender people is a general hatred for women, as though men are better than women, and they are somehow being mocked and degraded by trans people. There is danger for the person who wants to transition. Finding a physician they can trust. They imagine how it is going to be, and once they have gone through the surgery it may not feel as they had hoped it would feel. (Michael Jackson’s nose) The fantasy was better than the reality. Nerve endings might not be as sensitive. They have to decide when or if they tell their partner the truth, and decide when its the right time. The statistics of prostitution are greater. How many examples of hero’s, to identify with, does a transgender person have? How many transgender people are living better lives than they had before, and how can they access one another stories for support and guidance? How many objectivists with personal transgender insights are adding crucial perspective to conversations like this one? If a man transitions to a woman what feminine aspects are high in his priorities? The science isn’t yet advanced enough for him to bear a child and breast feed. Those are aspects of my femininity that are very important to me. My femininity has been shaped by my mirror neurons helping my body to move and speak in ways that are similar to the close female friends and relatives I value. As I said earlier some aspects of femininity that are important to some seem superficial to me, but there is a wealth to learn from many individuals when one looks past superficial things. I have a friend who looks strikingly beautiful without makeup on. The paleness of her eyelids and lashes make her iris stand out like the deeply conscious sensitive pools that they sometimes are. But she hates herself without makeup. I mentioned it once twenty years ago, and it had the effect of an attack on her sense of her own identity. I will never hurt her like that again. It isn’t my place, her body isn’t mine to decorate. I am lucky she gives me any of her time at all and we have more interesting things to talk about. Ayn Rand didn’t bear children. Was this critical to her philosophy as an individualist? I believe there is a branch of her philosophy that is severely lacking that did not pay homage to the 3.8 billion years of evolution that culminated and ended in her family line. Exploring parenting and child development are crucial to passing consciousness to future generations.
  2. If someone were to change genders privately and convincingly, and cut all ties with the people who knew who they once were, move to a new town or country, transgender debates wouldn’t apply to them, they could live more fully in their new identity. Keeping their own counsel without the intrusion of another’s opinion. I think part of the appeal to the more attention seeking transgender people is that everyone knows about the transition, they don’t want to be known as a man or a woman, but both. I was born a female, I identify as a female. I enjoy clothing that celebrates my big breasts, and I think intelligence and joking around are sexy in men and women. It seems second hand for me to impose my identification upon any other human. I am not a girly pink lipstick long fingernails kind of woman, so I identify less with people who want that kind of decoration. While at the same time I identify as a human with David Bowie, who is a genius who has played with costume, gender roles, and passed his DNA to diversity, though I haven’t yet been brave enough to emulate him. How many notable female philosophers do we have examples of before Ayn Rand? Her intelligence definitely challenged sexual stereotypes in the 1950’s. She didn’t feel the need to defend her sex against criticism. By claiming that she is a male chauvinist she transcended the limitations others were attempting to place on her sex, while in a deeply abstract way she was defending her consciousness and her sex from the assaults of people with more limited capacity for the context of her as a whole. I think the way anti-conceptual movements, like mysticism, attach themselves to gender fluidity to affect humanity through sterilization. If you identify a human as a boundary challenger, the media are enticing men to try on dresses and sterilize themselves, by telling them they can’t, rather than having to send them off to war in order to reduce the periodic overcrowding that happens with excessive breeding. The tie is an identification marker for a certain set of ideals, similar to the way my cousins display tattoos and walk Pitt bulls down the road, they want to look a certain way so that other people who look that way will stop and chat with them at the park, or breed children who will more likely identify with the decoration they feel at home with. The clothing as protection has psychological effect. The business professional’s shield is that many other people might lose their jobs if this man is harmed. The tattoo’d man gives the aura of a military fighter. Part of Transgenderism seems to symbolize a freedom shield protection against the billions of mystics who wouldn't hesitate to behead a man for ever daring to try on silky women's panties.
  3. Having a ten year old mostly white son I take personal interest in the forces working to diminish his self value. I am hoping he wants to have children because I value the legacy of my familie's DNA. Having active Tumblr and youtube accounts exposes us to constant propaganda against cisgender white males. If he ever wants to transition I will be heart broken, but what can I do to ‘help’ him? Deny the reality that there is immense pressure for his generation of white males to not be white males, and they are to be punished for their white maleness, at this time in history? I would be happy with his partner of any race, mixing our DNA with other races seems to be a good idea in this increasingly multi-cultural world. I can see how my Arapaho, and Jewish Great Great Grandmothers have given me an edge in scrutinizing the tensions between these demographics. To imagine what it is like to be a different sex or race does a lot to increase empathy for the imbalances between different people. The transgender debate was inevitable, and necessary for the progression of the human species.
  4. Some scientists claim DNA is 3.8 Billion years old. Could there be DNA memory? Maybe one of his distant ancestors was a black woman, and his DNA enjoyed being her immensely. From an evolutionary perspective, his DNA would have a better chance at enjoying that experience again by winning the love of a black woman and hoping for daughters. The process of transition may significantly diminish his/her chances of finding a mate. It seems sterilization is the major agenda of most moral philosophies. Are nose jobs, augmented breasts, steroids, tweezing your eyebrows, shaving a lie/immoral? Scientists are happy to have willing guinea pigs to see what a human can be formed into with hormones and surgery. Is it ironic that Ayn Rand paved the way for a society free enough to allow for fanatics of individualism to own their own bodies and do with it what ever they want?
  5. How much of your attention have you invested in issues that are really important to you? How have you cultivated the organization of your attention? How much of your attention is invested in knee jerk reactions? How much attention is invested in things that are not important? How much attention have you invested into self awareness? How much attention have you invested in things that ought to be more important to you? How much context can you hold?
  6. A is A helps draw the focus to defining exactly what A is. It is natural human curiosity to perceive a barrier and challenge it. I am a human, my plumbing will work with the plumbing in either bathroom. At times the line to the women's is too long, and if I feel safe I will slip into a vacant mens restroom. I won't however go into the mens bathroom at a sleazy bar because of the risk that an ape with his frontal cortex offline will get the wrong idea, also it stinks of beer piss. Can you define why restrooms are segregated in the first place? Safety. I have met trans people in the women's bathroom and never felt threatened. If you want a little perspective... every male I have known who has ever walked around in women's clothing has much more empathy toward women's safety than the average man does. You can choose to believe Trans people are immoral for defying their "true" identity, but I think the identification of human is much more a priority than the lesser identification of male/female. If you believe being a trans person disqualifies their self from being defined and treated as human please elaborate. What about your own self identification is challenged when another person identifies differently? i.e why is white maleness so threatened by the increasing self assertions of the other 6 billion people on the planet? Will you make it your mission to harass any trans person who takes an interest in objectivism? Should a trans person who is interested in objectivism refrain from making it known?
  7. Studies on various animal Alpha leaders show they are much more relaxed than the betas of the group.
  8. Quite honestly I didn't believe you when I read that she rarely smiled. The glint in her eyes when she sets the stage for a profound abstraction is so poignant to me, I never questioned the joy I felt I shared with her in those moments. For some reason this makes me think of the opposite feeling I had when watching a video of a diplomat saying some horrifyingly nasty things while a smile was plastered on his face and his head was nodding up and down.
  9. Maybe you and I define or value admiration differently. To me self admiration is something intimate... I don't care to express my own admiration of myself to anyone else, those moments pass as I challenge myself to a new goal. I don't really like when others praise me, not that I am unhappy that they feel admiration, but the way admiration is substituted for work. The way their admiration gets chained to an expectation, as though I owe them something for generating a feeling of admiration in them. It depends who the admiration is coming from. If I admired a painting my friend made, and they told me it was inspired by work that I did, I would feel honored. I don't like the way most fans interrupt celebrities in the grocery store to gush on their admiration. It isn't a fair trade. Admiration... like bliss, ecstasy, love are words with meanings that carry a great deal of energy/fuel to move forward.
  10. I feel a resistance to this, and I am trying to figure out why. It could be the word 'you' as though you are telling me to admire myself as much as I possibly can. There is more to it. I am trying to understand why it doesn't sit well with me.
  11. I agree, the quality of attention is the main idea. Cultivating a healthy frontal cortex (the context and control center of the brain) is key. I agree, an overactive frontal cortex is problematic; obsessive/compulsive disorder. I think being mindful of the quality of what you are investing your attention in, at any given moment, is helpful in developing healthy brain habits. Thinking... If this is boring or irritating or stupid, is there a way to improve the quality of my attention toward it? I like this thread of thought. If an artist, musician, sculptor, writer deliberately gave an hour or two more per day to his craft he might make significant progress in that field. I think it came from a lifetime of contemplation with a sense of value toward discoveries of the inner workings of her mind. I respect and admire Peikoff a great deal, and the words he uses are deeply informative and thoughtful, but the cadence of his voice has a bit of a downward tone at the ends of his sentences that make him seem restless that he has to explain things again. Ayn Rand's voice had a tone of urgency and curiosity. I love the way she often answered questions with more insightful questions.
  12. I remember an excerpt of Ayn Rand's notes where she tells herself: "stop admiring your self so much, you are nothing yet" But it is her right to know herself well enough to use that thought as motivation or shield, and to accept it from no one else. To me, Ayn Rand seems to radiate with bliss consciousness, especially while engaging in vigorous debate. It takes a great deal of self awareness to be able to inspire the rational mind of your adversary.
  13. It takes a great deal of mental effort to understand the massive body of work Ayn Rand has presented, and even greater finesse to express it intelligibly. The trader in me wants to earn the right to think of my self as good. This idea touches on the concern with a sense of entitlement that drives politics. I think there is a fear that Objectivists will be stereotyped by the behavior of some of its members. If a person uses Ayn Rand to justify being an egomaniacal ass, it makes it harder for more sensitive empathic Objectivists to present themselves to people. Though I embrace and value Ayn Rand’s definition of selfishness, I am still affected by what it means to more than 90% of the population. (i.e. pushing others down) I prefer the phrases self esteem or self awareness.
  14. I’ve been practicing transcendental meditation for 22 years. It consists of sitting quietly for 20 minutes silently repeating a meaningless sound over and over in your mind. You gently bring yourself back to the sound when ever you notice yourself thinking. Brain researchers are fascinated with it. They are still trying to figure out why it works, but the studies they have conducted have shown increased scholastic ability in schools, decreased crime in prison inmates, and they are also studying it to help with PTSD in war veterans. I think it works as an exercise in self discipline. You are gently becoming aware of the multitude of random things that your mind constantly throws at you. Gently noticing them and returning to the mantra. I think the mantra keeps the chattery part of your mind occupied so that your witness, or your self, strengthens in observation. It exercises the frontal cortex/executive functions of the mind. I transcend into Bliss Consciousness. I feel an expansive energy emanating from my consciousness, my self awareness grows. My ability to hold context grows. Bliss provides a sharp contrast to negative energy, helping priorities become more clear.
  15. What does it mean to experience your attention being devalued?
  16. I noticed a significant increase in the value of my attention when I first discovered Ayn Rand. Listening to her speeches changed the organization of my brain. The words she had worked so hard to make clear and concise were part of it. But the part I want to add more emphasis to, the part that is the abstraction I am seeking to clarify is the cadence in her voice, the rhythm, the nuances of her inflections, these things had the effect on my brain of mental gymnastics. I was exhausted... thoroughly mentally exhausted, in my first efforts to understand her. The relief and the challenge of becoming a rational consciousness was complex and overwhelming. Ayn Rand's voice had the effect of the sun chasing away the fog. Ayn Rand's voice traveling all these years through recording equipment told me a thousand things her printed pages never could. Her voice gave me the energy to pursue her meaning.
  17. I've had a significant epiphany recently which drives focus toward clarifying and defining the Value of Attention. It has been with me, all my life, in the background, subconsciously. I am making effort to bring it into full focus. The Value of Attention. When I make a work of art I improve the value of my own attention, I improve the value of my attention toward the world, I improve the value of the attention the world has toward me. When I have seen a very good film, and find a friend capable of exploring the depths of the abstractions present in the work, my friend and I improve the value of our attention toward the work and toward one another. What are your thoughts about the way Attention relates to volition?
  18. What if owning the place you sleep at night had a substantial impact on the child prodigy speed at which the world has evolved in the last 200 years? What if rent is dragging us back into the feudalism of the dark ages? Consciousness and existence are corollaries. No consciousness without existence, no existence without consciousness. If you own your self isn't it significant to own your shelter?
  19. I love A is A!!! I enjoy exploring the meaning in A is A, as an abstraction with a vast and expansive meaning. I learn something more about A is A in every conversation it pops up. It begins with the personal. Man is Man. You are you. Governments that do not know what man is have forced man to function outside of his nature, and have been holding back our evolution for untold generations. I am interested in exploring A is A again and again in order to follow its lead in finding ways to highlight its power in more clear more concise ways so that it's beauty can become a beacon of attraction for inquisitive minds to explore. A is A is the tip of an iceberg. A is A is a way to bond with yourself, to embrace yourself, to explore and discover what you are.
  20. How do you quantify productivity in purpose? There are countless examples of hard working people who go downhill very quickly in a couple years following retirement, and I would argue that they died from boredom. I listened to an audio book about people who lived to be over a hundred, the book claimed the number one trait they shared was a sense of purpose. I believe it is productive to laugh, to play, to learn. What will you do with your learning? How long can a man who has been productive enough to sustain his life stop himself from doing something, anything... Will you build no bench, will you pull no weed, will you paint no wall, will you pass no jewel of knowledge to a random stranger in a coffee shop? Keep in mind everything Rand said was very personal to her own happiness. I think Rand is giving words to a sense in herself and perhaps yourself that may at times become unsatisfied, speaking to the part of you that is living below his potential. I think living with a chronic sense of dissatisfaction with one's self is painfully wrong. That focus becomes a habit that sometimes blocks a man from seeking solutions. I was recently talking with my grandmother in her eighties. The moments when she feels like her purpose is gone is very painful. She still works her garden and visits the senior center weekly. I remind her she is keeping her friends alive with her quick wit and banter. She does the best she can, to her fullest ability. I think Rand once compared a brain surgeon to a janitor in the same building. The characters she described were equal morally because each was doing his best at the job he was capable of.
  21. This issue has become very personal to me. I don't know if failure to launch is the concise priority in the issue, but a consequence of the philosophical basis of rent not being thoroughly explored. When I started this thread I was relieved to have just gotten out from under a year contract with a slumlord. There were so many things they did that were wrong I didn't take the time to fight it. I just wanted out. A few days ago I got a letter from them slapping me with a $2,500 bill for damages they claim I made to the apartment. As much as I dislike them, I respect property. I left the place cleaner and in better condition than when I entered.
  22. Developing confidence http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/04/skateistan-jessica-fulford-dobson/
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