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  1. Ok, so I really want to get this project off the ground, so here's what I propose. I would like to establish a committee of rational minds they would have two roles, at this point. 1. Establish a policy of standards for inclusion, what can be used, the format of the wiki etc. 2. Define the scope of the project what information we want in the wiki, currently it is set up as a beginners guide, however I could envision it including a new users section and essays on philosophy, science etc. written, edited and peer reviewed by the community on advanced topics. Ideally I would like at least six other people with at least a moderate understanding of Objectivism to help with this, however, however many qualified people that want to help can, and this in no way stops anyone from adding content as needed. If you want to help, there's a few things you need to do. 1. Go register with an account on the wiki here preferably with a name similar to the one you use on the fourms. 2. Post a message here stating that you would like to help with the project. (put "# I would like to help out in the project [or other message here] ~~~~" the # will number you and the four tildes (~~~~) will sign and date your comment. 3. Come back to the fourm and post in this topic your username (or you can just PM it to me), to verify your identity. Hope to see you all there! -- NAS (Crazynas on the wiki)
  2. I've been working on this recently, I was just wondering if everyone else had forgotten about it?
  3. Although you have to pay attention to the differences between the philosophy as such and various applications of the philosophy or personal views by Rand or her close associates that isn't part of the system per say. (eg the often quoted article about why a woman wouldn't want to be President).
  4. Pay attention Inspector... So I'm assuming that you haven't read ANY of her non fiction, the way I'd recommend doing it is finish Atlas, read Anthem, and We the Living (both fiction). Read the first chapter of OPAR(Objectivism Philosophy of Ayn Rand) Then read Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (ITOE), then continue through OPAR, Peikoff footnotes the book extensively, and most of the footnotes refer to essays in compilations, so I'd read through OPAR with the following books to look at as needed: For the New Intellectual The Virtue of Selfishness Capitalism the Unknown Ideal The Romantic Manifesto Good Luck! -- NAS (Fixed quotation block - softwareNerd)
  5. NAS

    Classical Music

    Beethoven's 9th, 7th and 6th Symphonies + Piano Concertos (plus just about anything else) Bach Brandenburg Concertos Mozart #40, Eine Kleine Nach Music Mendelsson A midsummer nights dream Vivaldi 4 Seasons (Spring) Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture
  6. Well as someone who read the fountainhead as a freshman in high school, Atlas Shrugged as a sophomore, and started working through the Essays my last two years, I'll say it's not easy. My advice, find a debate club, any political club etc that you can, even if you don't agree with them, it's someone to argue with and and codify your positions by arguing them with others. regarding: Indeed as was my high school. The bigger question is WHY do you need a collective learning environment. Just because that's the way school is doesnt mean it's the only (or even the best) way to learn. Read the fiction, read the non-fiction read OPAR read OPAR again, read all the essays referenced in OPAR as you need them to clarify. Re read the novels after having read the non-fiction you'll get a LOT more out of them. In short think critically about everything (stuff by Ayn Rand specifically) and focus. Don't worry, you'll finally meet people that you agree with. (and if you don't there is always the net)
  7. How??? I know (and knew in high school) the Newtonian mechanics and dynamics was 'wrong'... dosn't mean that I can't shoot a model rocket down your chimney with it.
  8. Indeed, one uses Newtonian formula (the inverse square law) even when Einstien 'proved' that it is false, never the less, in high school (and college) physics we use it because it's soooo much faster.
  9. We think about it? I don't, but then I don't think about little blue men from venus abducting me either.(except right now when I was thinking up an absurd example).
  10. I read it as a sophomore in high school, thought the discussions of the music(Bach) were interesting, the paintings (Escher) disturbing {if you understand Rand's theory of esthetics you'll see why} and Gödel confusing, of course this was coming of a precalculus background. It get's quite technical in the mathmatics of it.
  11. Indeed, I could see the wiki acting as a starting point for a question from which you jump off into forum discussions or various books to get an in depth answer.
  12. I feel quite comfortable with analyzing why reading certain books (Atlas Shrugged, et al) make me emotionally feel good. I'm getting better at analyzing why visual arts (David) give me a sense of magnificence. I'm stuck on analyzing music, closing my eyes and listening to the Forth Movement of Beethoven’s 9th on earphones (blocking everything else out) is one of the most joyous experiences I can have, it just makes me feel GREAT. I'm stuck on analyzing why. Can someone explain how to examine the subject (metaphysics) and form (epistemology) of (non vocal) music. -- NAS
  13. No one seems to be using the wiki, GC and I do spam patrol, I've expanded the sections I know something about but it still needs quite a bit of work. The way it's organized like OPAR getting summaries of each chapter in OAPR then getting more info from the other works and your own interpretations... there are always people on here, always posting, when you post about some topic (the theory of government for example) go look at the wiki and update that part of it. If you're not sure what a wiki is, look here this would be a great way for people to (legally) get more then just the basics of Objectivism without spending $100's of dollars on the books (not that I don't think people that are interested won't get the books, especially) -- NAS
  14. NAS

    Is this Plagarism?

    Two differnt tracks, first: I don't cite Newton (or Leibniz) every time I use calculus (or F=ma) Would someone who came up with the the theory of concepts via mesurement omission need to cite Rand whenever they used it?
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