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  1. It was delightful and inspirational to watch Ayn Rand in action at age 74 (she stated during the show that she was born in 1905 and the show was published in 1979, therefore, I conclude that she was 74 give or take a year given her exact DOB). To those who conclude based on their personal observation that she appeared "on edge" or "nervous"... I don't necessarily disagree. I had a similar first impression. Let me be clear: Ayn Rand is the epitome of moral and psychological strength in my assessment; however, her mannerisms do not correspond to my personal stereotypes of moral and psycholo
  2. That's an interesting question, I hope you receive enough responses from which to draw a meaningful conclusion. I recall from a prior survey that the age distribution of members of OO.net was markedly skewed towards those between the ages of 18 to 25. You may want to consider "normalizing" the results of the current survey based on the data provided in the "age distribution" survey. This would help to answer the question: "Of those of a particular age group, what percent changed philosophy..." Just my two cents. Regards.
  3. I assumed you meant non-human life forms. Indeed. I do not intend to turn this into a brawl. I am geniunely interested in the rational basis and support of these assertions.
  4. My argument is as follows: there is no "fundamental hostility" between man and "other life forms", in a general sense. In any specific instance, man's survival and other life forms' survival may be at odds (competition over food, territory, etc). In specific instance, there may be a fundamental hostility between man and other men but it does not follow that there is a fundamental hostility between men. Inspector asserted that there is a fundamental hostility between himself and other life forms. I am genuinely interested in support of this assertion - or the equivalent version if extended
  5. You seem to be implying here that if a lifeform does not survive by reason then it must survive by force. Would you consider a herbivore to be one such lifeform that survives by force? If so, how does this differ from a man who eats fruits and vegatables - is he not likewise surviving "by force"? If not, how do you reconcile that with your assertion? Based on your posts, I would agree that there is a fundemental hostility between you and every other form of life on the planet. I just don't think that the source of this hostility is necessarily the other life forms. I am dis
  6. You could start by asking your colleague whether Hobbes was neutered (or declawed). The answer might put an end to the speculation.
  7. I would like to offer the following perspective for your consideration. Based on this post and previous posts that you've authored, it is clear that you are angered by the fact that you are forced to pay so much money in property tax. I wholeheartedly agree that these taxes are immoral. I am forced to pay alot in taxes myself (property and otherwise) and I sometimes find some comfort in the fact that this money is spent on some things that represent value to me. Granted, it is not provided with my consent, nor as efficiently as it could be provided in the private market. I presume that yo
  8. It's funny that you mention that as an example. I've had the exact same experience with Tetris after playing for any extended amount of time. Once, a friend and I were playing the game for several hours. Afterwards I remember saying something like, "we turned off the game but it's still going on in my head." My mind was actively imagining shapes descending and was trying to fit them into the proper place. Interestingly, my friend, who played the game just as long and as intently said he experienced no such phenomenon. I always thought it odd that he could "turn it off" while my mind wa
  9. I respectfully disagree. To a selfish man, there is value to be found in conversation with other men (with some men, some of the time). To converse is to engage in an exchange or trade of thoughts. If a man values the exchange of thoughts, he may want to be a practiced trader, i.e., a good conversationalist. Awareness of the comfort of those to whom one is speaking is one skill that a good conversationalist may want to posses. Therefore, being selfish does not necessarily imply that one is unaware of the comfort of others.
  10. Ravane, Let me be the first to say, "Wow!" It's great work, I can't wait to see more.
  11. I looked on the ARI website but did not see anything regarding sponsoring a specific geographic region - I am interested in viewing those regions in need of sponsorship. Can anyone point me to this? Thanks.
  12. The township in which I reside is attempting to introduce a "Historic Resource Preservation Oridanance". I quote from the pamphlet on the topic: "These historic buildings are our common wealth..." Ahem, our common wealth? Actually, I am the owner of my "historic property", and I don't remember anyone offering to help me pay my mortgage lately. I am very concerned about the (further) violation of my property rights buy such an ordinance. Has anyone had experience with historic property restrictions in their area or on their homes? Any advice on how to prevent the passage of such an
  13. That's an interesting idea. However, I do not think this level of involvement falls within the proper scope of an insurance company's activities. Basically, if all insurance policies were priced adequately and equitably (and they're not, due to excessive regulation), those insureds with the highest potential for loss would pay the highest premiums. This simple fact would provide incentive for insureds to minimize the risk of loss (or mitigate the magnitude of loss when it does occur) by investing in risk control measures such as the one you suggest. If an insurer is not permitted to pric
  14. I'm curious how this qualifies as one of your goals in life. What aspects of this make it appealing and important enough to put it on a relatively short list of things to do before you die? I must admit that I've never understood the appeal of hunting as a activity by which one derives pleasure. What is the rational basis for the pursuit of hunting animals living in remote areas half a world away?
  15. What "confuses" me is why she puts "everything" in "quotes" as if "it" has some "unique" meaning.
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