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  1. Yes I saw Footfall at the book store today. Looked quite interesting and if I like Lucifer's Hammer I'll buy it for sure. Also bought Dan Simmon's 'Hyperion' today after hearing such good things about it.
  2. Almost finished 'Pillars of the Earth'..about 100 pages to go. I've absolutely loved it so far. Great book. Jack is a great character that is completely self-interested, talented and intelligent. Some of the other characters are great as well.
  3. Heinlein is great. 'Door Into Summer' is one of my favourite books of all time. Quick and easy to read with a couple of great heroes. Moon is a Harsh Mistress is very good as others have said and Double Star was also very good. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is great. Just about to start 'Lucifer's Hammer' by Pournelle and Niven.
  4. Once my wellness is back up over 40, I think I may join the USA vs Russia war.
  5. Is there any way to earn a bit of extra money besides your job?
  6. Yeah I just realised you do need to level up before you can.
  7. Has anyone joined a political party yet?
  8. Yaay just joined. Gizmo17's the name. In Norway like you guys.
  9. Placebo

    Mark Twain

    Hey I was wondering if anyone had read any Mark Twain? And if you have, some opinions, thoughts on his work would be appreciated?
  10. Speaking of Placebo, the lead singer Brian had some pretty pro-living, pro-happiness things to say about the new album: “We’ve made a record about choosing life, about choosing to live, about stepping out of the darkness and into the light,” explains Brian. “Not necessarily turning your back on the darkness because it’s there, it’s essential; it’s a part of who you are, but more about the choice of standing in the sunlight instead.” They're an awesome band.
  11. Dude, she clearly can't be trusted and she doesn't value herself if she put herself in such ridiculous situations. As harsh as it may sound, there's nothing to gain anymore with being with her but I think you realise that. You may find that with time(as cliche as that sounds) you will probably start to think of her less and less. Just give it a while and try to concentrate on other things. Also try to spend time with other people (friends, family) that have a positive influence on your life.
  12. But making up ridiculous extreme hypotheticals does not help find out anything about whether an idea is rational or not.
  13. I was wondering if anyone had read this? It's supposedly pro capitalist and pro industrialist. Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Firestar-Michael-Fly..._pr_product_top
  14. I adored We The Living. Kira is such a strong intriguing character. The storyline is quite gripping as well.
  15. That was a very informative interview. I really do like Yaron Brook and Peter Schiff is always good to listen to on economics.
  16. I have a WIJG sticker and may have to stick it on my parents car. Unfortunately I don't know of any Objectivist groups around my town but I proudly wear my Atlas Shrugged T-shirts quite often.
  17. Thanks guys. I found my copy of VOS so I looked up the quotes and realised where he had gone wrong. Thanks for the replies.
  18. See, that was the problem I was having. I couldn't actually see the contradiction myself and I didn't have VOS with me to look at what parts the guy was talking about. He didn't actually explain his contradiction in the slightest but he went on to use the following points as if they were proof: "She shows here that the ultimate value she claims is a necessity, is indeed not one. If it were a necessity to value our own survival we would have to do so, however it is possible to value ones death. She has admitted this here, and has contradicted herself in a formal sense, these values can be claimed to be irrational, but to maintain consistency they need to be impossible to possess. The contradiction here is more evident when we realize that we can value our own death by espousing the virtue of purpose,and pride(imagine a scenario where someone who's purpose in life is to be a parent must choose to save their own life or that of their children), virtues she claims are necessary for survival. She also claims that parasitic behaviour is necessarily something which will go against life as the ultimate value of ones life - in VOS she claims that looters ensure their own destruction. Ghengis Kahn would have a thing or two to say about that, he lived a very long life by living off others, so have many others. She essentially claims that parasitic behaviour is by necessity destructive and will result in death, yet when such behavior is required to value one's survival she cannot deny consistently that it is necessarily destructive.She does, and shows how poor her argument is."
  19. Hi, I'm new to the forum. I'm an objectivism supporter but still learning. A problem I am having however is explaining myself succinctly when debating with someone about Rand's metaphysics and epistemology. An example would be an argument I had with someone recently on an internet forum. He brought up what he thought was a Rand contradiction, here it is: 1."Let me stress that the fact that living entities exist and function necessitates the existence of values and of an ultimate value which for any given living entity is its own life" and 2."the functions of all living organisms, from the simplest to the most complex – from the nutritive function in the single cell of an amoeba to the blood circulation in the body of a man – are actions generated by the organism itself and directed to a single goal: the maintenance of an organisms life" Contradicted by 3. "If he chooses irrational values, he switches his emotional mechanism from the role of his guardian to the role of his destroyer" Now, I asked for the page numbers because it was hard for me to answer without some context behind what else Rand was saying in the paragraph. The guy never got back to me so this isn't for the argument but it's for me personally, can someone please dispel this 'contradiction' in a succinct way as I feel I know the answer but just can't put it into words. Help would be much appreciated. Thanks guys. Rand was saying those quotes just to clarify.
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