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    Very limited. At the moment, my desire for knowledge pertaining to my college classes greatly outweighs my desire to read more Objectivism. Nonetheless, I frequently visit these forums because I do thoroughly enjoy the philosophy.

    I have only read Atlas Shrugged and sections of Virtue of Selfishness.

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  1. If you would have said that in the first post I would have answered differently. Ditch him (especially considering you are employed elsewhere). As for the original question, however, I still do not think it would be immoral to continue doing business with him (it is only my opinion that you shouldn't).
  2. So you are saying he lied to the client about whose fault the time delay was? That does not seem like a big deal. Maybe you should question how good of a friend this guy is (if he is one), but I do not see how it would be immoral for you to continue to work with him. You didn't mention if you confronted him about this.
  3. It would help if you elaborated - it is slightly difficult to understand as is. Is the guilt over a petty issue or something serious? Have you tried talking to him/her and telling them how you feel?
  4. Can someone explain the "court subpoena for Obama's long form birth certificate" that is circulating around the news today? I was under the impression the long form certificate was released. Here is one link: http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/07/05/exclusive-court-subpoena-for-obamas-original-birth-certificate-served-to-hawaii-health-department/ edit: Never mind, sorry. I guess this is asking for the original. My reading comprehension failed me.
  5. Rights of a human cannot be compared to rights of an object or idea.
  6. I highly doubt we are getting close to mind reading. Admittedly, I did not watch the video since I blew out my computer's speakers. To use your examples, songs and inventions are property because they are a direct product of the man who produced it. The originator of an idea deserves recognition for what he/she has done.
  7. I apologize for posting a meaningless reply.. but I read this paragraph in the library and burst out laughing and everyone looked at me. Those crazy psychics are stealing my property!! To contribute to the thread: Isn't it also an initiation of force to tell someone to get off of your property? Property rights exist to protect individual's property and those laws need to be upheld.
  8. Maybe, but in a far less significant way. When you talk on the telephone or write a letter to a friend, I doubt that many people say less than if the person was standing right in front of them. Facebook, however, champions the use of short responses (replying to status, commenting on photos, etc.). This isn't a bad thing at all, but it is definitely different from talking on the phone or writing. If you compared two people who talk on the phone each week, to two people who use Facebook to communicate I would assume there would be a huge difference in how personable their interactions are.
  9. I don't really have a problem with Facebook itself, but the insistence by my peers, family, and even one of my teachers that I sign up for an account (as Steve mentioned above). Facebook does combine a lot of things into one as Sirius mentioned above, but I do not see what I can gain from all this since my phone already does the same thing (e.g. contact list, email, instant message, picture messaging). As for the others, I honestly have no interest in seeing pictures of my friends daily events, I'd rather hear them tell me about them. The biography that Facebook provides is largely irrelevant since I would assume anyone who is your friend would already know those facts. I would say my social life is moderately active, and to this date, I have never experienced a need for Facebook even though almost everyone I know is constantly using theirs. I have nothing against Facebook and the second it proves it can increase my productivity I will sign up. Just my two cents.
  10. Welcome. That is extremely interesting. I have not heard of many people who have read Rand's non-fiction before her fiction.
  11. *** Mod's note: Split topic from here *** *** I'm taking Grames' suggestion (below) to split this out into a separate topic. -sN *** Very true. I swear I'm the only person at my college (teachers included) without a facebook.
  12. This is from 2000 but I'm under the impression his views are currently no different: If you guy weren't already jumping up and down in excitement about him possibly running for pres...
  13. That's a really good point however I hope the high ratings by audience members (even if wrongly conceived) leads them to read AS. A theater showing it is only 6 minutes away so I may have to go see it.
  14. I cannot make sense of the Rotten tomatoes review: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/atlas_shrugged_part_i/ It received a 10% rating from critics which is the lowest review I can ever recall and I use this site often. However, 85% of the audience enjoyed it (this was based on over 7,000 ratings).
  15. Just for the sake of contribution, this is my favorite video on the topic of religion: (its a short 2 minute speech by Hitchens).
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