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    I would like to know friends from everywhere to talk about Objectivism, my contry Argentina is not a place too much related to this philosophy, so I feel a little alone sometimes...
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    I am 44 years old, graphic software developer, professor at the University and photographer. I have read almost all Ayn Rand's books (fiction and non fiction) and her wonderful philosophy changed my life and improved my mind into a path that I had begun to choose long before knowing about her. English is my second languaje (Spanish is the first one)
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    I like martial arts, Objectivism, videogames, traveling with my motorcycle, books about philosophy and martial arts, writting, heroic movies, music like Pink Floyd, Rush, oldies, country, Beatles, China's and other.<br />I would like to hear reccomendations about art related to Objectivism, specially music, movies and literature.<br />Other interests of mine are education, adventure-tourism, science and I would like to talk about these subjects too.
  1. Agree with whYNOT, Objectivism is the best philosophical foundation to build the structure of our mind, but there is in the World much more to know and to learn beside Objectivism. It is up to each one of us to select the mix of knowledge we integrate into our mental structure as long as we do it in a non-contradictory way. Objectivism is a wonderful tool to manage fundamentals and hierarchy in that structure
  2. Agree with Tensorman, AR didn't know so well the biology of the brain the emotions and the subconscious, understandable because being a writer and philosopher she wasn't neither a psychologist nor a biologist. Plus she grew up in a time when the knowledge about the physiology of our brain was far less than current. I don't think anyway that this invalidates any part of her philosophy and it is our "duty" to continue knowing deeper about this matter On the other hand "Emotions" is a broad term, some fast-non-exhaustive research in Wikipedia tells that there are few primary emotions and a bu
  3. Good point, agreed that no conceptual knowledge comes inside before birth I also despise non-rigorous people without consistent moral and/or logical principles I give these issues upmost importance: I knew Objectivism late in my life, around my 40's in a foreign Country where nobody knows about it. It made me to review absolutely all my previous premises that I held during most of my adult lifespan, "restart" my brain, fight with all my relatives and friends and finally leave my Country with my wife and kids to come to live in NY, all thanks to Ayn Rand. So don't tell me I don't take th
  4. Agreed and congratulations, I like to think the same way about myself but even when I am prepared and somewhat trained in 47 years I never had YET to hurt anyone in self defense besides a couple of street fights in my youth. Experience also tells me that "thinking" that you can is not the same as actually can, but the proper self-image is a good start anyway Returning to the topic I have the impression just by looking around that most people aren't as prepared as you are. I live in NY and it seems to me that majority of population here is quite "domesticated"
  5. You are right about the difference between the two types of Altruism BUT I believe the philosophical Altruism grown thanks to the biological one The LA Times article I cited speaks about inherited traits used by religions as "building blocks" of their business, one of these traits is the biological Altruism which served as foundation for the religious Altruism which in turn gave birth to the philosophical one since Philosophy was more or less born from Religion. These three types of Altruism reinforce each other in a vicious circle in modern society
  6. You are right I think I misused the term "primitivism" according to the Dictionary: "primitivism |ˈprimətivˌizəm| noun 1 a belief in the value of what is simple and unsophisticated, expressed as a philosophy of life or through art or literature. 2 unsophisticated behavior that is unaffected by objective reasoning." I was referring more to the idea I have that our sophisticated and pacific lifestyle makes us somewhat weak or should I better say "unprepared" for limit situations Have you by example ever had to defend yourself or your family from direct violence without intervention of
  7. Well... Before nothing I think this topic is very debatable so it should go in the Debate Section but I couldn't find a way to post there, it used to be more easy in the past... So it would be great if someone can move it there About "Tabula Rasa" it is not a concept so strictly defined as you think, as example see this brief article in Wikipedia Here the somewhat broader definition also mention "...aspects of one's personality, social and emotional behaviour, and intelligence..." No doubt the brain doesn't carry at birth any "high level" information but it has been demonstrated by se
  8. More than 50 years after Atlas Shrugged and after much years of being Objectivist, I strongly believe that some update is necessary to Rand's original approach In fact more than an update is an extension consisting in applying Objectivism deeper to the Human Animal: Ourselves The Aristotelian "A is A" means also that WE are what we are, and in recent years after Rand's main body of work, several science disciplines has gone much further in the research about our very own nature as "biological machines". In an oversimplified analogy our body and specially our brain would be the "hardware"
  9. Could you please explain how to start a new topic with the new policy? Thanks
  10. Well... I don't want to open than can of worms specially since I got beaten pretty hard already But I can tell you that I consider myself as a "frontier" person in general (I have my own somewhat complex theory for that) thus I am also a "frontier" Objectivist, meaning that I am more on the edge sometimes called Neo-Objectivism than in the center which I would call Orthodox-Objectivism currently directed by Peikoff By example I have read almost all AR but also Nathaniel Branden or David Kelley and I like most of their work, and I understand them both had been "expelled" from official Obje
  11. I know "why" I like it, I know myself quite well (probable more than the average I would say). The point in this topic was that most other people didn't like my reasons for liking it or my proposed scientific explanations And by the way I don't share in this case your previous poison/food analogy: In a hierarchical mind-structure not everything has the same magnitude and some people are not capable to give things the correct scale of importance which is essential for the proper functioning of a logic mind Finally I would add that I don't share the quest for perfection showed by some Object
  12. I don't think simple "interest" would be a problem, no subject has a virus that you can catch if you study it. In any case problems could eventually begin with what you do with the results of your study... And if you read my posts I am not giving any credit to the supernatural, it was all about some possible "religious instinct" inside our own minds as species
  13. Ok thanks for taking your time for this recommendation. I will probably buy it when I have a chance I have read a couple of Peikoff's essays and they are worth the money
  14. I have read Atlas Shrugged The Fountainhead Anthem For the New Intellectual (twice) The Virtue of Selfishnes Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology Return of the Primitive Philosophy: Who Needs It And some books of Nathaniel Branden and David Kelley I am half thru now of Ayn Rand: The voice of reason and The Romantic Manifesto Perhaps instead of reading Peikoff's book you recommend I could re-read one or several of the books I already have? (Specially in order to amortize the investment I already made) Please advise
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