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  1. The Never-Ending Narrative.

  2. Healthy Dogma

    Supplies to keep your pets healthy!

  3. "I never thought that any plane would attempt to drop within seven hundred feet of the ground." — John Galt

    Terminal Airspace, Class E reference?

  4. Michigan Lays Out a Detailed List of 'Entitlement'

    Rearden to the man for the State Institute to go into the mill and take as much of the metal as he wanted. 

    When the process is blanketed by tiers of bureaucracy, the result is more insidious.

    Meanwhile, the headline writers for the papers and those holding the microphones and cameras continue to flood their network of radio and television, desensitized to the effects of the slow acting poison being distributed.

  5. On this The Golden Transcendence eve, Charles Koch mentioned his book being available November 17, 2020, “Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World” in a recent WSJ article by Douglass Belkin.

  6. Some upgrade issues resolved as Invision continues to upgrade and improve their software. Thanks @JASKN

  7. Most world maps show north at the top. But it doesn't have to be that way.

    Dr. Jayasuriya . . . "I don't agree the Mercator projection was designed to belittle non-white people."

    When ignorance of how a standard may have been formed exists, the 'predominant narrative' can attach itself to most anything.

  8. A convenient time to remind folks that officer Darren Wilson was innocent using headlines like: No Charges Against Ferguson Office Who Killed Micheal Brown. <sigh>

  9. People dressed in white robes strolled the halls. A few sat on marble benches, and others knelt at squares with a stone and bell, meditating. All wore the same perpetual smile of the divinely deluded, the peaceful countenance of those self-assured in their fantasy of certainty and understanding. Truth was only a shifting fog to them, to be burned off by the light of their convoluted reasoning. Followers, disciples, of Darken Rahl, one and all. Most paid the three no attention, giving them no more than a vacant nod.— The Sword of Truth: Wizard's First Rule, by Terry Goodkind.

  10. In diatonic music, even in the greatest symphonies, the chord must be resolved to the center. Choirs must follow strophe and antistrophe and end the play in catastrophe. — Ao Aoen, The Warlock

  11. AynRandCon-LIVE

    Zoom link - event started at 1:00pm to 4:00pm + 1 hour q & a thereafter.

  12. Daphne said, "Darling, I'm getting edgy. Nothing is beginning to make sense"

    — The Revolt Against Reason

    The Golden Age

  13. "With all due respect , my tradition is older than yours, older than anyone else's. My profession was the first one man ever made, and it'll be the last one to go [in response to being called a Silver-Grey]. It's the one that makes all the others possible. So what do you say?" He held up the card [of the Warmind's instructions] for the third time. "Does our civilization deserve to live, or not?" — Marshall Atkins

    The Golden Age — John C. Wright

  14. "Social pressure cannot be used to defeat those who shape society" — Warden Lacedemonian

    The Golden Age — John C. Wright

  15. What would you ask Dr. Tara Smith if you had the chance to exchange pleasantries with her over a cup of coffee?

    1. StrictlyLogical


      When can we anticipate being able to buy your next book, and what will it be about?

  16. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/physics-needs-philosophy-philosophy-needs-physics/

    This is a limited article site, unless you are a subscriber.
    So far a very pro Aristotelian stance.

    1. merjet


      The URL you show is correct, but the URL "behind" your link doesn't go to the page the article in on. 

    2. dream_weaver


      Thanks. I spliced it the first time. HTML can be unforgiving that way. :)

  17. Miss Rand described a conspiracy without leader or direction in Atlas Shrugged, and went on to comprise the conspiratorialist as haters of reason.

    Leonard Peikoff is wont to say "follow reason" throughout OPAR on once in Ominous Parallels.

    Follow reason. Following reason leads to or away from the perceptual level, depending on the direction being pursued.

    A convoluted way of considering a conspiracy with reason as a sort of leader, and direction as her added-on bonus.

  18. Speak to the shoemaker

    Nice instructive piece featured on Aeon by Edith Hall, who is is professor in the department of classics and Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s College London.

  19. Finished reading "Leave Her to Heaven", written by Ben Ames Williams in 1944.

    Saw the book for the first time in a "Little Free Library" box while visiting Curwood Castle (built by another popular author of the early 1900's), and the title reminded me of a line from For The New Intellectual's lead article ". . . leave them to heaven."

    Things that make you go hmm.

  20. Dagny placed the remnant of the motor into a vault in one of the tunnels; the vault had once contained an emergency electric generator, which had been removed long ago.

    —a thing that made me go hmm. Was it really necessary to bring up the prior content of the vault?

    1. StrictlyLogical


      Man’s mind or reason, his engine for life was also once used in ancient Greece and again during the Enlightenment, and in the face of bad philosophy is once more abandoned with nothing in its place... now another chance at restarting the generator of his life... a rebirth of reason.

    2. dream_weaver


      Atlas Shrugged, the Kelsae Sweet Giant Onion of literature. The chapter Wyatt's Torch just got more intricate.

    3. Grames


      Rand is drawing a parallel between the broken "motor" she found and an electric generator.  Also, in a way what had been removed is now restored (although the "motor" doesn't work yet) foreshadowing some other restoration yet to occur. 

      A vault also keeps private, or keeps a secret, what is within it.  This is yet another foreshadowing of her discovery that John Galt has already secretly been working in the Taggart Terminal.   As the book goes on to show, Galt really has been Dagny's private motivation all along, even before she knew Galt existed.

  21. Great line from the recently released movie Justice League:
    "Darkness, the truest darkness, is not the absence of light. It is the conviction that the light will never return."

  22. The Witch-Doctors of the past have by and large been replaced by the Which-Doctors of the present.

    Instead of the reliance of one's own mind as the final arbiter, encouragement to seek out the Which-Doctors is almost ubiquitous. Which career should I seek? Which house should I buy? Which foods should I be eating? Which set of answers should I be seeking to implement.

    When the Patients are ready, the Doctors will appear.

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