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  1. Some of my science-minded friends have been posting this video on Facebook. This video is a perfect example of what Ayn Rand described as the failure to distinguish the metaphysical from the man-made. There’s nothing mystical or supernatural about any of this. Math is a man-made epistemological device invented by human beings to measure things. Mathematicians deliberately chose to divide circles into 360 parts (degrees) for the same reason they chose to divide hours into 60 parts (minutes) and divide minutes into 60 parts (seconds): so everything would be highly divisible. The Sumerians
  2. According to the movie Scream there are certain rules for surviving a horror movie Scream Rules to succesfully survive a horror movie: You may not survive the movie if you have sex. You may not survive the movie if you drink or do drugs. You may not survive the movie if you say "I'll be right back", "Hello?" or "Who's there?" Scream 2 Rules to succesfully survive a horror movie sequel: "Never, ever, under any circumstances assume the killer is dead." Scream 3 Rules to succesfully survive the last chapter of a horror movie trilogy: "You've got a killer who’s gonna be superhuman. Stabbi
  3. Thieves are criminals. The "rich" person who had his money stolen was the victim. He's blaming the victim! A person who takes someone else's property without his consent and without giving something of equal value in exchange is a parasite and a thief.
  4. Well said! Of course, if being poor is virtuous, giving money to the poor would be sinful.
  5. There was a time when Jon Stewart's primary concern was to be funny. Humor is now merely a secondary concern. If he keeps heading down this road he'll be as bad as SNL. SNL gave up on being funny around the time that Bush "stole" the election from Gore. The entire cast was so full of rage they lost their ever-loving minds. From that point on, it was war. The humor became a secondary concern. They haven't been funny in years. They are just being a bunch of a-holes delivering insults with a smile on their face to hide their rage and hatred. Obama, Hillary, SNL, and Jon Stewart are all
  6. I think you misunderstand the meaning of "concrete" as it applies to epistemology. If I witness a particular plane lose a wing and crash, that is a particular concrete event. From that particular, concrete observation I can draw the general conclusion that all planes that lose wings will likewise crash. You could say generally that planes that lose their wings drop like rocks because the rule applies to more than that one particular, concrete plane crash you witnessed.
  7. That depends on whether or not you borrowed the money. Borrowed money does not add to your wealth. If you saved $1,000 of your income and borrowed another $3,000, you'd have $4,000 but your wealth would only be $1,000. Owner's equity (wealth) = Assets (what you own) - Liabilities (what you owe). $1,000 = $4,000 - $3,000
  8. A principal residence is pure consumption. You are consuming the rent income you could be earning on it and every month you live there represents an opportunity cost.
  9. Great question Prosperity! If you’re looking for a generic definition of an investment that would apply to all the different types of investments, I would start by putting together a list of all the different types of investments one could have then start abstracting away their differences until you end up with one definition that applies to all the different types. A speculative investment is one type of an investment. Unlike a bond that promises to pay a 3.00% yield, a speculative investment makes no such promise so it would be impossible to compute an expected return. Beanie babi
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