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  1. It looks a close reprint of George Seller First Edition artwork, for Atlas Shrugged.
  2. Was Atlas Shrugged written to glorify the train wreck in the tunnel or the destruction brought about by project X, and how the passengers or physical and mental mystics of muscle and their supporters deserved the identified outcome Ayn Rand had identified and written for them? Also, it is expressed indirectly in Galt's speech: Evil, not value, is an absence and a negation, evil is impotent and has no power but that which we let it extort from us. and that does need to be considered in conjunction with: that to withhold your contempt from men's vices is an act of moral counterfeiting, and to withhold your admiration from their virtues is an act of moral embezzlement Is an objective example to be better set by being obsessed with pursuing values, or to be perceived as being obsessed with dis-value?
  3. Bernstein makes an astute identification in this blog: One uplifting principle of the Objectivist ethics is that it is more important to reward the good than it is to punish the bad. That which promotes life is vastly more important than that which harms it. One of my favorite presentations by Bernstein, a precursor to The Capitalist Manifesto, was the no longer available set of talks on The Robber Barons. The historians managed to turn a group of value producers into villeins by failing to integrate the relevant factors.
  4. On that note, it appears I dropped the context of this part of the thread. Here is a link to the results on 'broken units' that may be more relevant.
  5. It is a different context of free. The freedom to chose to think, or not. Free Will, Ayn Rand Lexicon.
  6. The description of the binary punch card machine reminded me of the Jacquard machine, which I had looked up shortly after watching the movie Wanted (2008). The Jacquard machine, per the Wikipedia link provided, had inspired Charles Babbage as one of the precursors to computer science.
  7. The Objectivist—June 1968 A Statement Of Policy Part I—By Ayn Rand My role in regard to Objectivism is that of a theoretician. Since Objectivism is not a loose body of ideas, but a philosophical system originated by me and publicly associated with my name, it is my right and my responsibility to protect its intellectual integrity. I want, therefore, formally to state that the only authentic sources of information on Objectivism are: my own works (books, articles, lectures), the articles appearing in and the pamphlets reprinted by this magazine (The Objectivist, as well as The Objectivist Newsletter), books by other authors which will be endorsed in this magazine as specifically Objectivist literature, and such individual lectures or lecture courses as may be so endorsed. (This list includes also the book Who Is Ayn Rand? by Nathaniel Branden and Barbara Branden, as well as the articles by these two authors which have appeared in this magazine in the past, but does not include their future works. ) I shall not establish or endorse any type of school or organization purporting to represent or be a spokesman for Objectivism. I shall repudiate and take appropriate action against any attempt to use my name or my philosophy, explicitly or implicitly, in connection with any project of that kind or any organization not authorized by me. If students, supporters or friends of Objectivism wish to form local groups of their own—for such purposes as the study, discussion and dissemination of Objectivist ideas—they are welcome to do so. They can be of great value and help to the spread of Objectivism . . . The Columbia Radio broadcasts are cited by one source as: January 01, 1962-Dec 31, 1965 ARI's redaction on the transcript are in line with the quotation and the respective time-frames. This dovetails well with another excerpt from: The Ayn Rand Letter Vol. III, No. 10 February 11, 1974 Philosophical Detection--Part II I will list these essentials for your future reference. But do not attempt the shortcut of accepting them on faith (or as semi-grasped approximations and floating abstractions). That would be a fundamental contradiction and it would not work. As I spiral back, yet again, it is done with a more profound realization that epistemic justification serves as the geometric equivalent of the given being served up in perception, while an analysis of the role of the senses and volition serve to identify steps required prior to even reaching the concept of proof.
  8. Personally, I like the direction you opted to investigate. Best know for the identification of the comet granted his namesake. BBC has an web review that credits Harlow Shapely and Herber Curtis with an early stab at it in 1920. How might their method at arriving at their numbers compared to what Edmond Halley had in mind with a transit of Venus across the sun? Mine was prompted by the thought of "what an odd fact", and would there be any fruit parsing such a vine? Too many facts to parse and not enough lifetime to parse them all in. Facts need little green and red flags on them to differentiate the essential from the inessential. (No offense, David Hume, or maybe it was Herr Hegel.)
  9. Went to the planetarium to listen to a talk on Betelgeuse. Afterward, in some small talk, the fact that Samuel Langhorn Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain (1835-1910), was born and passed away during years that Halley's comet had been visible from earth had come up. The internet is a marvelous resource in one regard, and can also provide plenty of distraction as well. A quick search for when Halley's comet has appeared in the visible skies of earth provide a history spanning from prior to 1066 until its anticipated return 2134. Utilizing the appearances provided searches can be created using any span indicated on the 75-76 year cyclical span. Combine this with the knowledge that historical figures are often listed with the year they were born and the year they passed away, keying in two consecutive appearances of Halley's Comet will provide the following. 1759-1835 1835-1910 1910-1986 The first batch provides a return that includes a print artist, Carl Wilhelm Kolbe (1759-1835). An illustration of his work can be found by clicking on the provided link. A second search provided "In memoriam Ernest Bueding (1910-1986). - NCBI", somewhat of a dead end usually for me, and "Customer reviews: Joe Owen, Seagrove N.C. ... - Amazon.com" linking to a book that perhaps has more appeal to folk that are related. Last, Samuel Clemens dates were punched in, and provided with two further potential follow through leads, Sydney Ringer (1835-1910) and Nelidov Alexandr (1835-1910), Russian diplomat, should that be an area of further interest. Speaking of distraction, this post was compiled with the recent blog and forum postings brought to the forefront by merjet kept in mind. Stand Out Of Our Light: #1, #2 & #3, as well as the sidebar dealing with the related reference to Diogenes, a funny philosopher, being duly noted here. A question that could be put forth on basis of what this started with is: What (other than the fact that they have all passed away) do Karl Wilhelm Kolbe (1759-1835), Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), Ernest Beuding (1910-1986), and Joe Owen (1910, 1986) have in common? Alex Trebek, I'll take Halley's Comet for $1000.
  10. A quick search brought up a book mention on OO upon which this fun movie gives credit to.
  11. I see that I already alluded to this,1 and that you had already pointed this out in the next two posts. The evasion is with regard to the acceptance of death being final. Could the nagging sense of death being around every corner, on every highway, hidden in every airplane booking, have come from over-exposure to the Final Destination series?
  12. This passage contains the crux of this error. There is always evidence for the things which are. The choice is to insist upon it, using reality as the firm foundation for building solid beliefs upon. Consciously smuggling in an unfounded belief imports a seed of uncertainty that will sprout, and eventually will need to be accepted or rooted out. The price of acceptance requires finding rationalizations to bypass the psychological warning signals provided to a mind sensitized to such an awareness.
  13. iai: Changing How the World Thinks An online magazine of big ideas “The Courage to Face a Lifetime”: On the Enduring Appeal of Ayn Rand’s Philosophy Mocked by philosophers, adored by readers – what is the lasting allure of Ayn Rand? Carrie-Ann Biondi 25th July 2017
  14. There are many products made for many reasons. Products (including identifying lifestyle measures that can be freely adopted) that come from research and efforts put forth in the direction of longevity and vitality would be proper goals to seek.
  15. Ayn Rand’s misunderstood position on altruism Los Angeles Daily News article. Objectivism Online exchange.
  16. If the argument is utilitarian/consequentialist, then it is no longer the Objectivist argument that is being explored. To address this complication and presumably others, you stated: Does human emotion (or do human emotions) differ between a lifetime based on "a truly rational calibrated approach" and a lifetime based on "a not truly rational calibrated approach"? Which set of human emotions are you angling for?
  17. The Franklin Planner software, Version 7.0 and before, was built on an Access Database from an older version of Access than the Office 2000 suite. From the Access module of the Office 2000 suite, the older architecture of the Franklin Planner database can be accessed by means of a "linked" database exposing the table structures underlying it. In the Franklin Planner software, the table contents are revealed via a Prioritized Daily Task List, an Appointment Schedule, an Address Book, Red Tabs, Quote of the Day, which provide clues to other tables that are linked to these main tables with various categories to assist in tagging items with various categories. As one delves into reverse compiling such connections as can be explored between the two software packages, the light provided by the following excerpt comes into much clearer focus. From Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, Chapter 7. The Cognitive Role of Concepts: Concepts represent a system of mental filing and cross-filing, so complex that the largest electronic computer is a child's toy by comparison. This system serves as the context, the frame-of-reference, by means of which man grasps and classifies (and studies further) every existent he encounters and every aspect of reality. Language is the physical (visual-auditory) implementation of this system. In addition to the Franklin Planner system, it has been therapeutic to "think aloud on paper". Several "journals" were generated while reading Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology as well as Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, and various other assorted essays. My last couple of journals tried to keep ethics as the theme, while the front cover sported the essentials of Objectivism as cited in: The Ayn Rand Letter Vol. III, No. 10 February 11, 1974 Philosophical Detection--Part II [M]etaphysics, the Law of Identity [E]pistemology, the supremacy of reason [E]thics, rational egoism [P]olitics, individual rights (i.e., capitalism) [E]sthetics, metaphysical values As a guiding light, the intent is to keep the aforementioned essentials inscribed on the front flap of the journal, the time has come to modify the guiding principle to the focus provided by a recent search executed on the Objectivism Research CD for "Train your mind" providing from The Art of Fiction: Train your mind to concretize every abstraction as a general policy. As with typing, it is only at first that you have to do it by conscious, measured steps. Eventually it becomes an automatic mental habit.
  18. Philosophically, Ayn Rand is right, but that is a fact that one needs to discover for one's own self. The current portal states: Objectivism Is The Everyman's Philosophy in the universe, what you see is what you get, figuring it out for yourself is the way to happiness, and each person's independence is respected by all. An individual seeking to understand the essentials in life is more likely to hone the abilities to recognize essentials when they're encountered, and eventually come to realization that the map or labyrinth of essentials is larger than can feasibly be fully explored in a lifetime.
  19. Without trying to unravel the body of the post, look back at your chosen title for the thread. Some beginner questions about morality and human nature Miss Rand recognized that the first question regarding morality is: "What are values and why does man need them? The cardinal values of Objectivism are the culmination of her answer to her identification of the nature of man. Conversely, if your view of the nature of man does not culminate into the values identified as being the cardinal values of Objectivism, who are you going to call on? Ultimately it is your choice whether you are correct in your conclusion(s) or not. Ayn Rand stated this most cogently in this following excerpt from Atlas Shrugged, speaking via Hugh Akston: "Consider the reasons which make us certain that we are right," said Hugh Akston, "but not the fact that we are certain. If you are not convinced, ignore our certainty. Don't be tempted to substitute our judgment for your own." It is only prudent to add another consideration at this point in the juncture. Be sure that your judgment is validly certain.
  20. The Christmas Lecture http://www.engineerguy.com/faraday/pdf/faraday-chemical-history-complete.pdf Only to lecture two at the moment, but this is of the caliber of Newton's Optics and what I've grasped of the Principia so far.
  21. When I was about 7 or 8 years old, I used to sneak out of bed at night to add stuff into the stockings hung on the rail. If mom or dad asked, I figured I could pawn it off on the big guy. Here is a thread on Telling Children about Santa Claus. There are a few others as well.
  22. Collective mind, no. Collective term, as in man refers to every man that was, that is, or that ever will be. Even the compartmentalist that uses reason to make a new discovery, uses reason in that regard. Argument(s) that try passing off irrationality as plausible, or deserving the benefit of a doubt, bypass or bastardize reason in such regard(s). Individuals are either seeking values, or they aren't. Individuals are either seeking to apply right reasoning to their understanding, or they aren't. Capitalism is the system that manifests under a system devoted to upholding the rights of man. Fascism, Communism, Nazism, etc., could be considered different outcomes of irrationality. The 'ballast' winds up under a system conducive to Capitalism, or it does not.
  23. Consider this portion of a paragraph from "What Can One Do?" There are also a great many men who are indifferent to ideas and to anything beyond the concrete-bound range of the immediate moment; such men accept subconsciously whatever is offered by the culture of their time, and swing blindly with any chance current. They are merely social ballast—be they day laborers or company presidents—and, by their own choice, irrelevant to the fate of the world. While being able to state things collectively this way, the quantitative singular nature of Rand's expression can shine through. Sometimes I wonder if it is agreement and accordance sought by those with which Rand's words resonate, or if discordance and division are the "natural" line of demarcation.
  24. Taking free-will as a sub-type of causality, bearing in mind that man is not a deterministic specie, Miss Rand's forte sheds light into the dark corridors where the causal nature of wrong ideas could lead helping to provide an illuminating contrast using her chosen art for the communication of a moral ideal.
  25. A general idea from Atlas Shrugged, where John Galt was being warned of the dangers of returning to the outside world from the valley. This would be a variation on what she wrote in the Metaphysical vs. the Man-made. Man builds a damn. The dam bursts. The bursting of the dam is metaphysical in nature. The damage done is increased by a magnitude of the man-made intervention. In the valley, the discussion was around the technology of the day in the hands of frighted individuals, exemplified later in the novel by the power struggle involving Project X.
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