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  1. Even if wearing a mask or subjecting one's self to one of the vaccines available were the morally superior action, both masks and vaccines need be brought to the marketplace by capable minds. The mere fact that something is ultimately right does not justify mandating another's mind to accept it. The story of Mother Hen could probably be adapted to "Who will help me make the masks (vaccines)?"
  2. Plato thought the masses were incurably ignorant. Aristotle wrote for a reasonable audience. Is there a philosophy that fights tyranny and promotes liberty, selfishness, and rationality to the masses? As Sir Roger Bacon observed: nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. Is this a recipe for "deceiving the minds of others", "an act of raising your victims to a position higher than reality, where you become a pawn of their blindness, a slave of their non-thinking and their evasions, while their intelligence, their rationality, their perceptiveness become the enemies you have to dread and flee"? You might consider rethinking a few of your broader points.
  3. I was tempted to suggest a set of ear-plugs. If an idea can't be heard, it can't be as easily spread. Since insane ideas can inexplicably be detrimental to a rational society, ear-plugs should be worn by all in order to prevent any insane idea(s) from being heard and potentially spread to others. <tongue-in-cheek>
  4. Per Drudge Report: How Ayn Rand stopped UK's passport scheme... Did Ayn Rand defeat vaccine passports? Javid is widely known as a fan of Ayn Rand’s brand of radical individualism, reportedly once telling Parliament’s Crossbench Film Society that he wooed his future wife by reading her passages from The Fountainhead. So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to find him resistant to implementing as national policy a requirement to show medical paperwork in order to do something as everyday as going clubbing.
  5. Thanks @tadmjones. For someone covering over 20 months of material and packing it into a 90 minute presentation including the question period . . . I'm not sure what more sciency to expect.
  6. I am on a cellphone here. I should be able to find it on the workstation tomorrow.
  7. My experience was with an ARI invitation. I had seen a few Facebook comments regarding the OCON appearance. Would you have a link for the OCON presentation?
  8. The fact that you choose to remain in Africa rather than emigrate to the U.S.A.? I was raised under the aegis "if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all." If nothing else, it taught me to be circumspect when choosing to disregard that aspect of my upbringing and to speak anyway. It takes more effort to find common ground than not, and it would be nice if it could be found by more folk more often. In an ideology where the answers to the question need be "right" or "wrong", identifying the essential questions become more important. As King George demonstrated years ago, an authoritarian perspective does not always easily roll over and cede the point at hand.
  9. Dr. Amesh Adaila has been invited to speak at the recent OCON and other ARI events. His insights gave me pause to rethink my stance toward vaccinations. I consider him to be objective.
  10. Combine that with the premise that maybe being positive for CoViD-19 is enough to be considered an initiation of force (not demonstrated true) and turn the choice to wear a mask or vaccinate from a moral issue into a legal one. Early on, Michigan government was leaning on grocery stores and restaurants to be the enforcer for an executive order based on a law that later was deemed unconstitutional by a Michigan supreme court. Now the federal level wants to enroll businesses that have over an arbitrarily selected number of employees to make vaccination mandatory (unless a 'valid' medical reason is given) or face punitive fines. <sigh>
  11. At the risk of injecting a [f]requent, long, or unseasonable epithet—done—though I suspect it won't make much difference.
  12. 80 posts split to Have any prominent Objectivists addressed this point II?
  13. The mRNA approach got a lot of well-earned publicity. Ongoing success should help to lend more credibility to the science!
  14. I think of the broken window fallacy where the focus is on all the downstream positives that occur because a kid hit a baseball shattering the glass as it went through it. The glacier now has money to spend that in turn benefits who he spent it on and so forth. Henry Hazlitt goes on to point out how the suit the money was going to be spent on was not purchased, which the tailor did not have the profits to in turn spend on what he wanted. — While the thief may be 'enriched' by the theft, it does not negate the fact that without productive minds, what would be available for a wannabe thief to steal?
  15. From my android news-feed, THE MOST TRANSLATED BOOKS FROM EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD Several books I have read and enjoyed made this list. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, The Diary of a Little Girl by Anne Frank, The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, and there are a few more titles that I've seen put on the silver screen, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol, The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba L. Ron Hubbard's The Way to Happiness appears to share a common theme with Jordan Peterson's Twelve Rules for Life, putting forth moral commandments and the popularity that seems to ensue from said approach. I have read neither and my assessment is drawn from my estimates of other assessments used to gage their proceedings.
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