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About jedymastyr

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  1. Does anyone have these lectures who would be willing to sell them? Below is the list of tapes in the series. I'm particularly interested in the ones by Salsman (to a lesser extent, Hull) and the debate at the end, if anyone only has some of them. I took the descriptions from here: https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ro/www/IllinoisOb...ub/library.html. If you're willing to sell them, please email me. I may also respond to PMs, etc. but email is best.
  2. Here are a bunch of audiotape lectures I would like to sell. I'm selling most of them for roughly above price of what they're sold for at www.aynrandbookstore.com. Whatever I don't sell here over the next week or so, I plan on listing on ebay. $80 - Advanced Seminars on Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, Part 1 by Leonard Peikoff (12 tapes) $110 - Advanced Seminars on Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, Part 2 by Leonard Peikoff (12 tapes) $40 - "Chewing" the Objectivist Virtues by Gary Hull (6 tapes) $27 - A Brief History of the Middle East by Yaron Brook (5 tapes) $15 - S
  3. Come on...don't you remember those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books from childhood? "Turn to page 33 if you want to go up the creepy staircase. Turn to page 74 if you want to run away." Weren't they exciting?
  4. Would you like to have to create your own website every time you wanted to post? How about having to upload it? Then putting in the link... not having access to smilies without creating the image files yourself... not having your posts read as much because people have to click on an external link and break the flow of posts to be heard... Why should they bend over backwards to help _us_ understand Objectivism better? I can't remember a time any of us taught them something...
  5. Even if that weren't a ridiculous waste of time and if people would be willing to click on the link and break the flow of the thread every time they want to read a post, it's still against the forum rules:
  6. The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics: The Case Against the Brandens is a new book I just received information about since I'm subscribed to get updates from ARB. It will soon be available at the Ayn Rand Bookstore, and includes the following description: I'm curious what other people think about a book of this kind. Obviously we can't judge it fully without first reading it, but I think there are points that can be made based on the description and the general nature of the topic. I understand that for the most part ARI has not really addressed this issue much, and I was under the im
  7. I'm not going to respond to every point you made because I think I'd be repeating myself. I'll respond to the ones I think help clarify the view I'm putting forth. Given that there are lots of murders throughout the country, and if many unsolved could be solved were a DNA database available, I'm just saying that this is a proper way for the government to uphold individual rights. To use retaliatory force to get all citizens' DNA would be the proper function of the government in protecting everyone in the country's individual rights by removing murderers and helping to remove the threat
  8. May I take it from this that you are against pre-emptive wars, then? Correct. No, that would be impossible. Rights that violate one another are not rights. I don't advocate violating rights. Let me illustrate my point with an example, which will help to concretize the issue and perhaps you can better understand where I'm coming from. I can't find the specific details online, though I have looked, but I heard this while watching a show on CourtTV (Forensic Files?) a year or two ago. It was about the first DNA test in court, or the first of a certain kind, or the first res
  9. How would you expect the police to get more than circumstantial evidence if they didn't use this DNA test? (assuming they have exhausted other leads) Part of the reason they collect evidence and start to build up cases against suspects is so that, given a probable set of evidence suggesting someone may have committed a crime, they can get a warrant in order to collect more evidence that the suspect may refuse to provide. A DNA test isn't putting the suspect in prison or giving him a lethal injection, though it is an initiation of force. Small exertions of force are necessary in carrying
  10. Thanks to the moderators who are working to resolve the issue.
  11. You're welcome; sorry for not including the post number...I figured the report function being used on a particular post would automatically link you to the post.
  12. I second both of those, and would like to add that with ~9 posts/day at that quality, averaged over about 3/4 of a year, the value he's provided people visiting this forum is incalculable. I don't disagree with him about leaving--his reasons are perfectly clear and valid. Regardless, though, it is a very big loss to the forum.
  13. Why would you want to repeat what he wrote when it may lead to your posts being changed without notification and the information you posted deleted?
  14. I have another question on the topic of Homosexuality vs. Heterosexuality that I find to be more philosophically interesting than the morality of homosexuality. If someone is able to change their sexual orientation by introducing hormones or something like that--as scientific evidence suggests _may_ be possible--what ethical standing does that get? It seems like, if possible, this would be a way of changing one's metaphysical responses to reality. I think the reasons for trying to change this aspect of oneself would determine the ethical standing of such a change...but I am wondering what
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