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    I read Atlas Shrugged in September 2010, and have been studying Objectivism since. I am now reading Understanding Objectivism, trying to overcome my rationalistic thinking and understand the philosophy inductively.
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    Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, We the Living, Anthem, Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtue of Selfishness, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Philosophy: Who Needs It, For the New Intellectual, The Romantic Manifesto, The Ominous Parallels, Understanding Objectivism, Viable Values.
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  1. The Kindle edition has been available for a few weeks. http://www.amazon.com/Financial-Crisis-Free-Market-ebook/dp/B008XKXAAG I am keen to get it sometime.
  2. I thought this was one of the worst films I have ever seen. Sure, it had some nice cinematography and music at times, but these do not make a film. It wandered aimlessly without a coherent plot, with the characters seemingly just a distraction to their surroundings. To me, the film suggested that reality is unknowable and unreal, and existence is futile. It seemed like it was trying to show some transcendental ideas or emotions of some sort -- and, indeed, I found it to be a perfect embodiment of Kantianism. This isn't surprising, as Malick is strongly influenced by Heidegger, if I'm not mistaken. I don't mind some of Malick's older films, however. If I wasn't familiar with his past work, I probably would have walked out of the cinema during this film.
  3. I would assume that it is meaning that to uphold your own individual rights, you must uphold the individual rights of everyone. I am ignorant of the context of this quote, though.
  4. Do "newcomers to the market" have a right to the products of others' minds? Patents do not "have a harmful effect on competition", but are a necessary precondition for the freedom of competition to exist.
  5. This is my favourite television show! Unfortunately Season 4 won't show for a while where I live, but I'll probably get it as soon as it's available on DVD. I haven't seen it since I've started studying Objectivism seriously, but it does raise some interesting moral questions.
  6. Whoops, silly me. I guess it deserves to be linked twice.
  7. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/07/23/nuclear-power-is-extremely-safe-thats-truth-about-what-learned-from-japan/
  8. Google+ seems very promising; I'm really looking forward to its future developments. Circles, while they are a seemingly simple idea, manage to combine the advantages of both Facebook and Twitter, and give you greater but easier control over the content you share. I'm sure it will encourage me to be a lot more interactive than I am on Facebook.
  9. Hi Andre, You should listen to what Leonard Peikoff, the intellectual and legal heir on Ayn Rand, has to say about this: http://www.peikoff.com/2009/05/25/is-homosexuality-immoral/
  10. After reading Ebert's and Grames' reviews, I don't think I'll bother seeing the movie. And on the topic of Ebert's tweeting, he recently mentioned Ayn Rand: http://twitter.com/#!/ebertchicago/status/61164920661745665
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