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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 - Selected Topics in the Philosophy of Science by Harry Binswanger (2 tapes) $25 - Judging, Feeling, and Not Being Moralistic by Leonard Peikoff (4 tapes) $25 - Stress and Coping: An Inductive Approach (3 tapes) $17 - Ayn Rand's Life: Highlights and Sidelights by Harry Binswanger (2 tapes) $15 - The Legacy of Ayn Rand by Jeff Walker (2 tapes) $140 - Ayn Rand at the Ford Hall Forum (2 part set, 19 tapes): The Intellectual Bankruptcy of Our Age America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business The New Fascism: Rule by Consensus Our Cultural Value Deprivation What is Capitalism? The Wreckage of the Consensus Of Living Death Apollo and Dionysus Apollo and Dionysus Q&A The Moratorium on Brains The Moratorium on Brains Q&A A Nation's Unity A Nation's Unity Q&A Censorship: Local and Express w/Q&A Egalitarianism and Inflation w/Q&A The Moral Factor w/Q&A Global Balkanization w/Q&A Cultural Update w/Q&A The Age of Mediocrity w/Q&A This is different than the version being sold now. It does not include "Is Atlas Shrugging?" but includes more and different Q&A sessions. $10 - Medicine: The Death of a Profession by Leonard Peikoff (1 tape) $7 - The Sanction of the Victims by Leonard Peikoff (1 tape) $8 - Philosophy: Who Needs It by Ayn Rand (1 tape) $8 - This Hallowed Ground by John Ridpath (1 tape) $7 - The Objectivist Ethics by Ayn Rand w/Q&A (1 tape) $7 - The Objectivist Ethics Q&A (1 tape) $8 - Adam Smith and the Founding of Capitalism (1 tape) $7 - The Declaration of Independence by John Ridpath (1 tape) $5 - Objective Law by Ayn Rand (1 tape) $8 - Making Effective Choices in the Study Process by Edwin Locke (1 tape) $7 - Objectivism in Brief by Ayn Rand (1 tape) $7 - Introducing Objectivism by Ayn Rand (1 tape) $10 - Philosophy and the Real WOrld Out There by Leonard Peikoff (1 tape) $5 - Medicine: The Sick Man in a Mixed Economy (Dr.'s Cole, Haynes, Tierney, Tonkin and Vawter, 1 tape, The Jefferson School) $5 - Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand Lecture Excerpts by Leonard Peikoff (1 tape) $6 - Figures in Intellectual History by John Ridpath (1 tape) $17 - Religion vs. Man by John Ridpath (2 tapes) $10 - The Classical Economists (2 tapes) $8 - Traits of Business Heroes by Edwin Locke (1 tape) $5 - Everything is Getting Better and Better - I'll Bet on It (by Julian Simon (1 tape) $8 - Reflections on 30 Years in Academia by Edwin Locke (1 tape) $8 - Reason and Emotion by Edwin Locke (1 tape) $8 - Setting Goals to Improve Your Life and Happiness by Edwin Locke (1 tape) $9 - Censorship: Local and Express by Ayn Rand (1 tape) $8 - Psycho-Epistemology of the Arab World by Edwin Locke (1 tape)
  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 impression that was because discussing it would only give some credit and publicity to the Branden biographies that they don't deserve. On the other hand, it appears that this book will have new content that directly refutes some of the claims made (and I'd bet some of the many negative insinuations) in the Branden biographies. That could be of value in discrediting them. Searching for the author's name on Ayn Rand Bookstore reveals only one other item: an interview with Leonard Peikoff. Does anyone know more about this author, or why this was written by him instead of one of the more established Objectivist authors who might have even first-hand knowledge of the Brandens? Was Mr. Valliant an Objectivist at that time? Any other thoughts? (my initial reaction was "It's about time...")
  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 of murder. Hierarchically (conceptually). Inherent in what? Outside of the possibility of a government having a possible way to protect them, what meaning would they have in reality? I don't advocate the government violating rights. Period. I say this--the government's powers to uphold individual rights and make living in a free society possible come before and presuppose the protection of individual rights in any country. For the second time, please don't accuse me of advocating the violation of individual rights. If you disagree that this is presupposed by individual rights, say so--but realize that's what I'm saying, not that the violation of rights is okay in any situation. I'm not trying to. I'm saying that if a new technology makes the protection of rights--which was impossible before--possible, then it should be used. If DNA testing is one of these things, it should be used. If a DNA database of all citizens is essential in this regard to protecting individual rights against serious threats, then it is appropriate. I don't think that this is a violation of rights--I think it's an expansion of the government's ability to protect individual rights based on technology increases. Nothing that comes conceptually after man's rights can "trump" man's rights (fallacy of the stolen concept). Man's rights do not "trump" anything coming conceptually before them (same fallacy). If technology advances and makes a "blanket DNA collection" unnecessary, then it is not proper. It is only proper if it is important in upholding justice and individual rights, which is what I've said before.
  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 resulting in a conviction...or perhaps one of those just in a particular state...but either way it was an important case early on in the history of DNA evidence. There was a rapist on the loose in a very small town (under 1000 people, I think). Someone's rights had already been violated with a very bad crime, and many other women's rights were threatened. Given DNA evidence collected after the crime, all investigators really needed was a sample of DNA from all adult males in the community to figure out who committed the crime. Their other evidence wasn't getting them close to solving the crime. What they did was make every adult male (might have been all adults? or an age range?) give a DNA sample. As a result, the rapist was caught and everyone's rights were protected. The raped woman got some justice, and so did the criminal. I think, in a case like this, it wasn't a problem for the investigators to use a sort of "blanket" DNA testing procedure. Rights were violated very severely, and the government had a right to use a small amount of retaliatory force in order to find the criminal. This doesn't mean they had the right to go searching everyone's house or that cops should just go shoot everyone in a town because eventually they'll get the suspect...all it means is that in some cases the violation of rights demands a use of retaliatory force to find and punish the criminal. This is not entirely unlike subpoenas, which were discussed on another thread a while back. The source of the force being used (in a retaliatory way by the state) is the criminal in initiating force against the victim and requiring a proper defense and protection. It is not the government violating rights, but the criminal. Justice and the government's ability to defend individual rights come before the rights ever getting implemented in practice. If the government requires certain things in order to do so, these things pre-suppose rights. As such, if a "blanket" DNA test were done in order to defend individual rights and protect them in a way that before was impossible...but technology has made possible...then that is a perfectly acceptable thing to do. I'm not saying that it necessarily is appropriate right now...but if there are a lot of crimes in a large society that do not appear solvable presently, but which a DNA database would solve--especially murders and even moreso murders that still potentially result in a murderer being on the loose--then it is an appropriate use of retaliatory force to build such a database and to carry out justice. I know DNA tests are currently very expensive, and many cases are solved without them. That's why I made sure to say this was a technological issue. I didn't propose to protect some people's rights while violating others. Rather, what I propose is that if a DNA database makes the protection of rights possible--especially in a way far superior to the way it is done today--then it would be perfectly acceptable to make one. I'm not saying that it would be a violation of rights, but rather the opposite--that it would be in defense of individual rights (as a retaliatory use of force by the government). Since justice and the ability of the government to enforce rights comes before, in reality, the government's protection of rights, I consider this hierarchically prior to the question of rights. If you disagree with that assessment, feel free to say so...but please don't accuse me of advocating the violation of rights.
  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 out justice--when there is some reason to believe a person may have commited a crime and that force is necessary in carrying out justice. Of course, it should be objectively controlled and only be used when there is reasonable suspicion. I don't think (to the extent of my knowledge of Ayn Rand's applications) Objectivism itself says more on this issue than that the government must act in defense of the individual rights of its citizens. Of course, the problem is to apply the principles of Objectivism to this case. If having a DNA database of all citizens were essential to upholding justice, then it would be perfectly reasonable for the government to force all citizens to provide a DNA sample. In order to be a citizen of the country (i.e. to live in a country which has a government established to protect individual rights by banning force), if DNA tests and a database are necessary for enforcing the laws that ban force, DNA testing and a database would be necessary for the protection of citizens' rights. If this were the case, mandatory DNA samples would be perfectly reasonable for the government to protect rights. I don't know that these conditions have been met, at least now in the advancement of technology, but if so I would agree with a mandatory DNA database.
  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 anyone else may have to say on the subject. I can think of lots of ways people change their _ability_ to deal with reality (lifting weights, reading, getting an education, poking their eye out, etc.), and some ways people change their second-nature-type responses to reality on a subconscious level (karate, keyboarding, etc.)...but I can't think of any way people change some way their body actually reacts to the world around it to something very different than it was before. I don't include, here, things like eating food to keep one's sensory apparatuses functioning properly--I mean a distinct change from the way it was before. I also don't mean something like the introduction of a vaccine--which "trains" the body to react to external stimuli in a better way by giving the body a sort of warning and head start...I mean something that actually changes... Is there anything more than usual that goes into judging this? If man is able to change a physical-level reaction he has to suit some consciously-chosen value, isn't that a good thing?
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