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  1. Consciousness as Identification - Harry Binswanger Integration and Human Life: Say's Law - John Ridpath The Philosophy of Romantic Fiction - Andrew Bernstein Eight miscellaneous Objectivism-related tapes I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, but I don't check my PMs on OO.net, so if you have any questions which aren't worth posting here for others to read, please just contact me through eBay. Thanks!
  2. Hey, I live in Portsmouth! (By the way, hi everyone, haven't posted or read in quite a while - rarely get online for more than a couple of minutes, since I don't have a connection at home. Probably 'bout time to take me off moderator status, I'd think.) Yes, Portsmouth is a great city. I think I'm actually kinda in love with this place. Portsmouthers have an attention to detail that blows most other towns out of the water. For instance, my favorite coffee shop (which roasts its own beans) actually puts a timer next to all the airpots to ensure that they're dumped in no more than an h
  3. If you like Nightwish, pick up something by After Forever. They're just as great.
  4. The only potential you really need to worry about is your own.
  5. I can tell you what I did: I slept through all my classes and stayed up all night reading. Not sure that's generally the best policy though. ;-) (... but I don't regret it for a second.) I'd recommend granting school just as much of your attention as it merits. If you plan to go to college, you should try to get the best grades possible. Given how dumbed down high schools tend to be, that shouldn't take up a whole lot of time. If you have some good teachers or interesting classes, spend more time on those and get what you can out of them. Then spend the rest of your time pursuing yo
  6. I plan to listen to the debate at some point (by the way, you can download it for free from audible.com). But something I thought of the other day: I'd be far more interested in a cabinet debate. Does anyone know of a particularly good reason why the challenging ticket doesn't pick a cabinet in advance? It would be fantastic to watch Rumsfeld or Rice roll over whomever Kerry would pick -- and in general, I think, being able to see who a potential President picks for his cabinet would be far more revealing than who he picks for VP.
  7. Harry Binswanger's work on psycho-epistemology has some interesting implications for memory improvement. Here's what I've gathered from it (off the top of my head, & just the basics). Memory is imprinted and accessed in a sort of web of connections. I think this is fairly easily established introspectively. Think about what happens when you daydream about past events: you might think of where you lived five years ago, then think of who you lived with, then think of a social event including the person you lived with, then think of another person who was there, then remember something fu
  8. Well, hopefully, a cop. ;-) This is a very silly question on their part, which is probably why you got stumped trying to give it a serious answer. What would stop an irrational person from being irrational? Well... nothing, unless *he* decided to stop being irrational. Certainly it won't help to introduce further irrationality in the form of religion.
  9. Rand's principle of emergencies, as I understand it: end the emergency ASAP. Emergencies are rare, temporary situations that make value-seeking impossible. Because of that, the usual principles of ethics are inapplicable; all that one can do is try to end the emergency and get things back to normal. And yes, that might mean eating the orphan. ;-)
  10. More than that, even if Rand had taken positions on physics, they would be outside the scope of philosophy. In other words, they still wouldn't be an "official Objectivist position."
  11. Sure. James L. Halperin's The First Immortal is very good (as is his other novel, The Truth Machine). I think John Varley did some interesting stuff with nanotech, but I can't recall if it was in his Gaean trilogy or if it was in Steel Beach.
  12. Normally I wouldn't go out of my way to shoot down someone else's recommendation, but sometimes decency demands it... If you enjoy plot, characterization, style, depth, plausibility, or anything else that normally characterizes mediocre-or-better writing, I recommend not reading anything by L. Neil Smith. (Actually, I'm tempted to recommend burning anything by him, but I'll try to restrain myself.) He is quite possibly the worst science fiction writer I have read. His only claim to distinction is that the worlds he constructs are amalgams of Libertarian fetishes taken to their extremes:
  13. Which movie is that? Have you seen The Game? (It's excellent.)
  14. Very few people are genuinely incapable of earning a living, and that would be even more true in a free market economy. Prices would be dramatically lower due to lack of taxes, greater efficiency of production, etc., and since there wouldn't be a minimum wage, there would be job openings even for people whose abilities were absolutely minimal. Welfare may to some extent contribute to high birth rates in certain demographics, but I suspect the threat of the "welfare mom" is greatly exaggerated. There is no "population problem." The US is not overpopulated, not even in NYC or Los Angeles
  15. Could you give more details on what Rand supposedly took from Spinoza, and (if possible) where you heard about it? I've heard some aspects of Spinoza recommended (in part, anyway) by a few Objectivist intellectuals, but I hadn't heard that Rand was even particularly familiar with his work.
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