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  1. That helped delineate the thought line, especially the reference to the final scene of the wet-nurse. The For the New Intellectual post had introduced "primacy of physical life", and a quick search showed that the phrase had already gathered some 'social' traction. The Research CD provides a return for "primacy near life" that expanded on this in a literary sense from Chapter 6 of The Romantic Manifesto (105): Such issues as the fact that the primacy of values in human life is not an irreducible primary, that it rests on man's faculty of volition, and, therefore, that the Romant
  2. Andrew Bernstein has oft suggested a value intoxicated being as a 'goal' or practice of the morality of reason. In the afore mentioned context of "primacy of physical life over value", extrapolated from an analogous primacy of existence over consciousness, the role of conceptual consciousness is also touched upon in Galt's Speech to define identities and discover causal relationships. Primacy of physical life over value, as structured, suggests valuing the primacy of physical life more. Is this another recursive structure established on the same/similar metaphysical basis as morality?
  3. It is not hard to find what is described by Prof. Vaknin, agreed. Your elaboration helps to understand better the motivation behind posting of the link here, as well as providing an improved summation of Sam's takeaway.
  4. He speaks at the end of everything being the consequence of choices. He speaks also of actions based on emotions while never bring up or identifying that emotions are the consequences of the ideas chosen and held. @whYNOTa separate thread, an uncommented upon link? Are you tossing out bones here, or do you think this somehow ties in and advocates the roles of reason and morality in shaping the course of history?
  5. The fact that you are writing this in retrospect tells me that you likely assessed the situation correctly. You state: This suggests to me that you had already assessed that it was she that feared you.
  6. It should prove interesting to contrast Dr. Andrew Baker's eyewitness testimony of the cause of death with Dr. Michael Baden's and Dr. Alecia Wilson's later eyewitness testimony of the same. Dr. Michael Baden's eyewitness autopsy testimony regarding Michael Brown was key in establishing the fact Brown was facing, not fleeing Officer Darrin Wilson when Brown had been shot in Ferguson, Missouri back in August 2014.
  7. A bit wider than initially considered. Yet, indeed!
  8. Is the computing power of a bitcoin stored in a bitcoin wallet? Is it part of the exchange, something necessary for a user of a Bitcoin in a transaction needs to understand, or a background process like the printing presses that Federal Reserve Notes are made upon. Even this conversation seems much more complex than need be for understanding a transaction. Granted, I have years of transactions at thousands of cash registers, on both sides of the counters. I've experience credit card transactions as a consumer. Pay Pal added an extra level of complication. Many accept such complications as
  9. That would be "the committee of they" providing the stamp of approval. Arguably a service rather than a finished good or product that can be assayed independently, as in an acid test for the purity of gold. To crypto's credit, the acceptance and use of it is based on mutual consent between the trading parties, for now. Like many things, such as paintings and classic automobiles, moments of fame are granted when new highs (expressed usually in some form of government fiat) are attained. KFC is not expressing the price of a bucket of chicken in a decimal fraction of a Picasso th
  10. Kristoffer Polaha played John Galt in the movie Atlas Shrugged. It's movie trivia to me, but a comment that arose from one of the viewers in the audience.
  11. Federal Reserve Notes are currently fiat by law. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as well as many other forms of storing wealth, do not share that status. Instead of a tri-metal, quad-metal, etc., approach, the crypt-keepers are tossing their hats in the ring with the other fiat currencies while offering what appears to be a decentralized regulating process. Currently, Bitcoin is the rhodium of the genre.
  12. Wouldn't that be IX/II? Want to tie correlation into Wonder Woman 1984? Consider extending the capricious connection to Kristoffer Polaha.
  13. Many speculators profited during the tulip mania. The Bitcoin phenomenon got me to explore the entrance to the rabbit hole. Metaphorically, like gold, one does not have to own a claim to own a final product of what starts as a claim. Panning river beds and delving into the earth have both yielded fruit. Both mining approaches have had products developed to enhance or improve productivity. To the depth I plumbed the Bitcoin, the above analogy is what I drew in parallel. Still, the claim of paper money is as valuable as gold is only as valid as redeemability goes. An appreciati
  14. *** Split separate discussion into Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies ***
  15. Zuby noted how he liked to keep it real, as opposed to saying what he thought his audience might want to hear, and associated keeping it real as a contributing factor to his growing fan base. (around 20 minutes.)
  16. Interesting parallel to Labor day. The May Day I was reared about dealt with a flag pole, ribbons and flitting about. Go figure.
  17. She also used May 1st for implementing Direction 10-289. Perhaps this was meant as a subtle hat-tip toward a Mayday distress signal? Again, hardly numerology.
  18. People have a right to be wrong. Kant is even considered to be evil for his rationalization. As was pointed out, the surgeon, in the thought experiment, by making a false claim, is being fraudulent. Peikoff wrote a case study for the cause of the Nazi Germany Holocaust. Rand wrote an eloquent defense for Kant in For The New Intellectual, pointing out anyone who accepted his ethics or politics, shame on them. The Nuremberg Trials held individuals guilty primarily for actions regarding the concentration camps. It is not a crime to be an evil thinker, provided one does not become an evi
  19. Back to the future. The discoveries of an unprecedented theory of concepts, a metaphysical basis for morality, treatises from the roots of war to it's counter-part in the yet unknown ideal provided by capitalism, await more minds that value them. The Verunca Salts are singing "I Want It Now", while the Oompa Loompas are queueing up for their retort of " Who Do You Blame When Your Kid Is A Brat."
  20. Rand stated in Atlas Shrugged about Aristotle's incomplete formulation "existence is identity" with her offer of completion "consciousness is identification". There are really two parts. The identity that is given by existents. The identification that is provided by consciousness, which also help to have it be maintained for future reference. Peikoff added something for me in his introduction to logic about A cannot be both A and non-A at the same time, and in the same respect. As you point out, reasoning it out as you are grasping it is helpful. In talking to others, you cannot r
  21. @Easy Truth The law of identity has to be grasped conceptually as absolute. You build it from knowledge of the identity of the barking dog and the identity of your location, etc. It is laid out in a few places, OPAR for one, and even though people read it, because not everyone maintains objective import of their terminology, it gets lost in the "translation", if you will.
  22. So another way to put it would be: "What I know is mutable, allowing me to bring my knowledge into alignment with what is true."
  23. Mutable (EN) (a.) Capable of alteration; subject to change; changeable in form, qualities, or nature. If truth is not mutable, how can what you know to be true be mutable?
  24. In a benevolent universe, unless there is reason to expect calamity and/or disaster, cooler minds should prevail.
  25. Whoops. That's 4.8 billion PragerU views, not the referenced video, which has 1.6 million views, in 7 days.
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