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  1. I've been reading him a lot lately ("Art of Living Consciously", "Honoring the Self", "The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem") and I must say I am extremely impressed. The questions that were created from learning Objectivism on a philosophical level were answered on a psychological level by these books. It's almost as if Nathaniel Branden truely help ground the philosophy even more by showing it's psychological application. This thread isn't to stir up the qualms people have with Mr. Branden but I would like to hear others input and to see if anyone who has read his books found any flaws, especially in the correlation of Objectivism. Thanks!
  2. I've been curious about the tempo issue for a while. What do you think is an unsuitable tempo? And do you believe it is possible to increase the ability of the mind to handle faster music?
  3. It looks like Michael Crichton has the right idea about global warming and how eco-terrorists use it's concept now a days. I just read this at CNN this morning: Click for the link NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Crichton is a big man with big ideas, a storyteller of nearly 7 feet who turns popular science into popular fiction. In "Timeline," he sends characters back in time using quantum physics. Aliens deliver a threatening disease to the world in "The Andromeda Strain," and in "Jurassic Park," perhaps his most accessible novel, dinosaurs are created from ancient DNA. Now he's questioning global warming in his new thriller, "State of Fear," about eco-terrorists who plot a series of natural disasters -- earthquakes, underwater landslides, a tsunami -- to prove that global warming is a threat to humanity. A ragtag band of scientists and lawyers uncovers the scheme. "State of Fear" sounds like a typical Crichton thriller, but this time he's using the novel as a platform, tacking on a five-page message stating his notion that the theory of global warming is speculative at best, and a 14-page bibliography of works supporting his views. "It was very difficult to get my head around the idea that this widely held belief may not be true, and I thought, 'If I'm going to do a book, how would I structure it so that someone could even hear it a little bit?' " he says, crammed into an armchair meant for size regular at his hotel suite, his youthful face dimpled as he yanks out different graphs to illustrate his point. Crichton, with more than 100 million copies of his books in print, is ready to defend his view -- he's armed with a tape recorder, a steep pile of colorful graphs, scientific data and text books. Pushing rimless glasses up higher on his nose, he's eager to discuss the environment and he's certain his ideas are right. But he doesn't allow ego to swallow him and is quick to laugh at himself and back off when his lecture becomes overbearing. More than three years ago, the 6-foot-9-inch Crichton read about global warming and grew curious. Having a conventional view that global warming is a threat, he began to study climate data and charts, expecting to find proof. However, the more he hunted, the more unsatisfied he became with the evaluations and speculations. "I have a lot of trouble with things that don't seem true to me," Crichton says, his large, manicured hands gesturing to his graphs. "I'm very uncomfortable just accepting. There's something in me that wants to pound the table and say, 'That's not true.' " He spoke to few scientists about his questions, convinced that he could interpret the data himself. "If we put everything in the hands of experts and if we say that as intelligent outsider, we are not qualified to look over the shoulder of anybody, then we're in some kind of really weird world," he says. Mark Twain and Alfred Hitchcock Crichton, though, may have more experience than most in working with science. The 62-year-old writer grew up in Roslyn, Long Island. His father was a journalist and young Michael spent much of his childhood writing extra papers for teachers. In third grade, he wrote a nine-page play that his father typed for him using carbon paper so the other kids would know their parts. He was tall, gangly and awkward, and used writing as a way to escape; Mark Twain and Alfred Hitchcock were his role models. Figuring he would not be able to make a living as writer, he decided to become a doctor. He studied anthropology at Harvard College, and later graduated from Harvard Medical School. During medical school, he cranked out books under pseudonyms. (One that the tall author used was Jeffrey Hudson, a 17th-century dwarf in the court of King Charles II of England.) He had modest success with his writing and decided to pursue it. Some books take a long time to write, such as "Disclosure," which took five years. Others require less time, but Crichton has a pretty rigid writing schedule: He gets up early and writes from about 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. or so, taking a break for lunch. And, oddly, he's never confident in his work. Many of Crichton's books have been made into movies, including "The Andromeda Strain," "Rising Sun" and "Jurassic Park," which was directed by Steven Spielberg. Crichton created the TV hospital series "ER" in 1994. Now in its 11th season, "ER" has won 21 Emmy Awards and the George Foster Peabody Award. He's even had a dinosaur named for him, Crichton's ankylosaur. He is the kind of celebrity celebrities want to be: rich and famous and prolific but not too recognizable -- although his staggering height does attract attention. "Of course, the celebrity's nice. But when I go do research it's much more difficult now. The kind of freedom I had 10 years ago is gone," he says. "You have to good table manners. You can't have spaghetti hanging out of your mouth at a restaurant." His HarperCollins editor, Marjorie Braman, says Crichton's books are a joy to edit, even with the science tinge. "He has a gift to translate science for the reader, and not only translate it but work it into the midst of an exciting novel," said Braman, who has never before seen an author's message like Crichton's. "I think it's entirely appropriate because it is a novel of ideas," she said. "Michael Crichton, because of his stature and fame for not only writing books, but TV and movies -- well people do wonder what he thinks." Still an environmentalist Crichton's books are a guaranteed sell, which is good news for independent book sellers such as Books & Books in Miami. "I think when people are buying fiction, they're buying authors who they can feel confident in the entertainment value of their work," Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books, said. "With Michael Crichton, people have come to expect that. At the same time, they can learn about subjects they may not know a lot about." Crichton's author's statement is new even for Crichton. In it, he argues that a political agenda, not scientific evidence, is the foundation for predictions that the planet's climate will warm by 4 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century. World powers, he says, use global warming to keep citizens in a state of fear, just as they did with the Cold War. But Crichton is noticeably vague about who these powers are. Yet many climate scientists have endorsed climate change predictions. Climate records continue to fall as many different regions experience warmer temperatures than they have in centuries. While it is always possible that the experts are wrong, that possibility diminishes with each passing year as evidence mounts for a connection between carbon dioxide emissions and climate warming. Crichton considers himself an environmentalist, no matter what. "Why are we not feeding people in this world who are hungry? Why are we not giving clean water to the almost billion people who don't have clean water? The greatest sources of environmental degradation is poverty. Why aren't we cleaning up poverty?" That's a mystery for someone else to solve, he says; he's just content having brought it to the masses. Crichton expects critics will jump on him for his views on global warming and it won't be the first time. In 1992, he was called a "racist" for his novel, "Rising Sun," which spotlighted U.S.-Japan relations amid fretfulness about the Japanese incursion into the American economy. "The initial response from the (Japanese) establishment was, 'You're a racist,"' he recalls. "So then, because I'm always trying to deal with data, I went on a tour talking about it and gave a very careful argument, and their response came back, 'Well you say that but we know you're a racist."' But in the end, "State of Fear," like "Rising Sun" and "Jurassic Park" and other Crichton works, are stories. Although the author says that inevitably someone will think the story true in a "War of the Worlds" sort of way. He's seen it happen before. "Somebody was going to pass a law preventing research leading to the creation of a dinosaur after 'Jurassic Park,' " he says. "I was just holding my breath hoping it would happen, but I guess somebody finally whispered to him, 'It's a novel.' "
  4. From CNN: I don't know much about politics and security forces in the Ukraine or if they have any relations with KGB (but I think they do). But it does seem likely that they poisoned him on behalf of his opposition. It's all pretty serious over there and I'm thankful I'm an American for times like these (regardless if Bush is in office). ~Michael
  5. Sounds like a personal situation, not a hypothetical....hmmmmmm. It was probably hard work to compile all of that information...regardless if he may or may not need them, he's still probably pretty proud of the fact that he worked so hard and long on the project. If I was creepy enough to go to such a strange extent, I would be proud of that work and keep the stuff. But I do think all that cataloging would be a bit excessive and creepy. ~Michael
  6. heres the link to the video http://www.thechemicalbrothers.com/disco/videos/star/ Great song and great video. ~Michael
  7. I have a roommate issue as well but its quite the reverse, he's a slob, never contributes to the house, is just a wretched person really. My solution was simple...I kicked him out...he's out this monday. I would suggest a talk with him, if that doesn't work then consider finding another roommate. ~Michael
  8. Regardless of the status of this man I still wouldn't mind getting my hands on that book. I appreciate everyones info on the subject. ~Michael
  9. Thats what I got out of it. It was taken from fark.com (a photoshop humor site) and it caught me off guard and I found it funny. ~Michael
  10. So this man is riding the coat tails of Objectivism (so to speak)? And what would be in conflict with Objectivist ideas? I was recomended one of his books by a fellow Objectivist. Also, it's really not an issue plaguing this student, it's just something I found to be quite contradictory and I wanted to know why. To be honest, I don't care what happened in the personal lives of 2 people. I'm more interested in the ideas of one (and of the other if they are beneficial). What happened between those people are those peoples business and it doesn't effect the way I view the ideas. ~Michael
  11. What are you guys talking about? I just wanted to know what the status of this man is...Rand states in 2 of her books that he is no longer affiliated with her, Objectivism or anything related to the 2. Then I go onto his website and sees that he is completely promoting Objectivism. Simple answers? ~Michael
  12. By going on what I've seen in some of the notes from Ayn Rand about this gentlemen, I didn't think that he was even associated with the Objectivist movement anymore. She goes as far as to say that and to clearly state that she has no more contact with this person. Now when I looked at his website, he seems to fully support Objectivism and he seems to integrate psychology with the Objectivist premesis pretty well. Why is it that she said he doesn't support Objectivism when he really does? I read a timeline describing their situation, but I still don't get it and I think some of it is rather irrational (some of the behaviour on both parts). ~Michael
  13. Click here for the book I was suggested this book from someone on another website and the views are one way or the other....either people think this man is a genious or they think he's a communist scum bag. Is it worth a read? I'm limited on funds but his approach interests me. ~Michael
  14. I just read a bunch of reviews of that book you mentioned and everyone pretty much agreed that he is very mystical in the way he approaches the explanation of the mind. Thats a scary concept. I have a book called "The Users guide to the Brain" by John J. Ratey...very logical book and very rational approach to the brain. ~Michael
  15. I love listening to my own thoughts...thats what the problem is...these songs are not my own thoughts. I usually have no problem with this stuff but this week has been strange. A friend of mine suggested it just may be me being very happy, rather than being stressed. That made sense but it's making me happy that I can't clear my head.
  16. And thats what I'm trying to figure out. You have to understand, I'm not educated on either subject as I should be but it only makes sense to integrate these sciences together [to me]. I'm sure it's way more complicated that I present it, but thats why I'm posting, to get some clarity from people who may know more. ~Michael
  17. This may seem trivial but I've been listening to an Oldies station in my car because I can't stand music these days...so it's oldies during the day and NPR at night for classical. Well, from the time I wake up till I goto sleep at night I constantly have oldie songs playing in my head. It wont stop...just keep repeating lyrics over and over . Now, this hasn't happened too much in the past but it seems that it's been going on lately and I can't just 'shut it off'. Before when things would happen like this I would just meditate (don't say anything, we've already had this convo...lol) and I could clear my mind so that I can focus on more important issues more effectively. But I havn't done that in a very long time and I've been faring well...untill this past week. Literally from the moment I wake up I have some ridiculous lyric in my head on super repeat. How can one fix this problem? Is this some identifier of a more serious issue. I personally am attributing this to stress...the past week has been 10 times more stressful than my usual life is and I think that this may be a coping mechanism...but then again I could be wrong....any suggestion? ~Michael
  18. I mean no disrespect to the science but from what I've studied, and what I've learned about psychology, there really havn't been any grand discoveries or grand theories that have come out of it. Of course this is probably a matter of opinion but even Ayn Rand stated that psychology was sort of a "Pre-"science and not a field that has found it's 'Aristotle' or 'Plato'. This is a serious subject to me because I'm seeing more and more human beings following the idea that psychologists will save us. As more and more people get on psychotrope drugs and more and more people believe that that is the way to fix all problems, it scares me. It scares me because I believe that these drugs (even though they may 'work') give human beings this idea that there is always an easy way out. Instead of fixing your bad premisis's, they take a psychotropic drug and thats the end of that. Of course it's much more complicated than this, there is the fact that these doctors are very much trying to push the drug industry (which I havn't yet determined if this is a bad thing or a good thing). But there is one factor that I want to focus on when it comes to these complicated issues. How come there hasn't been a serious integration of all the other sciences into Psychology (and if there has been how come it hasn't been widely recognized). The main science I believe should be integrated is Philosophy of course. I believe that Psychology presupposes Philosophy, not the other way around as the current trend seems to believe. Of course there are biological issues involved and nuerology, but I do believe that a correct philosophy can correct a bad psychology...not the other way around. I've asked 2 psych majors this over the past 2 months and they said they hadn't even thought about that subject. Now I know there is Dr. Hurd and Dr. Kenner and they are doing great things in the field by combining proper philosophy with proper psychology but I don't believe that there is an official movement to make these changes. If I am wrong and these are false accusations please correct me, that is really the point in creating this thread. This is a quick idea that I'm shooting out here and of course I'll elaborate, but I think I have enough to start a conversation. ~Michael
  19. hahaha...I knew that was coming...I really did. I do think that educating myself on intelligent material (either it be philosophy, science, etc) is a productive thing to do when I have downtime. But then again I'm at work and I should probably be doing things that benefit this company...but isn't becoming smarter something that would benefit the company I work for? On a more serious note though (pertaining to the subject you brought up) I do find myself less satisfied at the end of the day when I'm not as productive (on work material) than other days. Now if my job would give me some more responsiblities. ~Michael
  20. I have a lot of downtime so I jump online...I've read nearly all the posts on this board, pretty much all of Capmag and Dr. Hurds site...I need some more stuff thats interesting online. Not necessarily just objectivist material...but things that will get my wheels turning. ~Michael
  21. This has been one of the best threads on this board. I love this stuff...lol. As for the Dr. Hurd article, I've been saying the same thing for a while now. It makes so much sense psychologically. Why don't we have more people in the psychiatry field with Objectivism theories? Why hasn't philosophy and psychology merged yet? Why doesn't psychiatry acknowledge that psychiatry presupposes philosophy and not the other way around? /endoffsubjectrant/
  22. I wasn't trying to be controversial but I am trying to figure out why Objectivist tend to lean towards Bush. I myself am new to these philosophies and I've seen myself understanding Bush a bit more than I did before but his shear moronic, unintelligent approach in every situation just deters me completely. He can't speak properly and I flat out don't think that our president should have such an issue with speaking in public...he hails words like "duty" and "freedom" and evokes 9/11 for political gain, those are just a couple of things that I can point out, they may be superficial, but he never explains himself enough for me to look deeper, and thats another thing I don't trust. This just adds to the list. The theocracy comment was just a quick joke, don't put too much weight on that comment. But I really question what this man knows when he makes contradictions like that. I don't care if him letting the left influence him, its still not right for our Commander in Cheif to make comments 'off the cuff' to that caliber. Dr. Peikoff was right about Bush and he re-affirmed much of my thought on him. ~Michael
  23. I've already found many errors and misunderstandings in his essays, and I think I will bring them up to him...I'm going to be very prepared for our encounter. ~Michael
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