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The Culture of Reason Center (CRC)

2008 Achievements

CRC offered its first course, The Basic Principles of Objectivism, on January 8th 2008.

The Basic Principles of Objectivism by Nathaniel Branden was endorsed by Ayn Rand and was the first formal lecture series developed to teach her philosophy.

January 8th The Role of Philosophy Part 1 and 2

January 15th What is Reason? / Logic and Mysticism

January 22nd The Concept of God Part 1

January 29th The Concept of God Part 2

February 5th Free Will Part 1

February 12th Free Will Part 2

February 19th Efficient Thinking Part 1

February 26th Efficient Thinking Part 2

March 4th Self-Esteem

March 11th The Psychology of Dependence Part 1

March 25th The Psychology of Dependence Part 2

April 1st The Psychology of Sex

April 8th The Objectivist Ethics Part 1

April 15th The Objectivist Ethics Part 2

April 22nd Reason and Virtue

April 29th Justice vs. Mercy

May 6th The Evil of Self-Sacrifice Part 1

May 13th The Evil of Self-Sacrifice Part 2

May 20th Government and the Individual

May 27th The Economics of a Free Society

June 3rd Fallacies About Capitalism Part 1

June 10th Common Fallacies About Capitalism Part 2

June 17th Romanticism, Naturalism, and the Novels of Ayn Rand Part 1

June 24th Romanticism, Naturalism, and the Novels of Ayn Rand Part 2

July 1st The Nature of Evil

July 8th The Benevolent Sense of Life

On January 19th 2008 we offered Villainy: The Nature of Evil by Andrew Bernstein.

On February 12th 2009 we offered Reason and Emotion by Edwin Locke.

In August we began listening to Barbara Branden's Principles Efficient Thinking series which complements The Basic Principles of Objectivism course.

August 22nd An Introduction to Thinking (50:15)

August 29th An Introduction to Thinking Part 2 (50:54)

September 5th Focusing and Problem Solving (49:30)

September 12th Focusing and Problem Solving Part 2(45:50)

September 19th Automatic Mind Functions (49:50)

September 26th Automatic Mind Functions Part 2 (46:50)

October 3rd Conceptual Level of Consciousness (47:09)

October 10th Conceptual Level of Consciousness Part 2 (46:15)

October 17th Conceptual Level of Consciousness Part 3 (49:10)

October 24th Conceptual Level of Consciousness Part 4 (48:00)

November 7th Emotions As Tools of Cognition (50:50)

November 14th Emotions As Tools of Cognition Part 2 (49:58)

November 21st Language and Definitions (50:00)

December 5th Language and Definitions Part 2 (46:20)

December 12th Common Aberrations in Thinking (50:07)

December 19th Common Aberrations in Thinking Part 2 (45:35) – In addition to the lecture, we hosted a pizza party and played ping pong to celebrate our achievements and intellectual growth.

Due to the length of this course, it will not be completed until January 23rd 2009.

We have offered 42 audio-lecture events in 2008. Our largest participation was on January 8th The Role of Philosophy Part: I & II with 16 participants, and on April 1st The Psychology of Sex attracted 14 participants.

CRC began its website in February, 2008 offering free samples of audio-lectures. The website expanded offering a small bookstore and vitamin sales later that month.

CRC has an email list contact list of 47. In October, CRC started a facebook group which has grown to 54 members in 85 days.

Students that participated this year have helped fund the expansion of CRC. In 2009, we plan on offering a wide variety of audio-lectures and products that further the growth of our local community and provide invaluable insights to understanding the philosophy of Objectivism and a personal foundation for living.

CRC is committed to aiding the preservation of historical materials relevant to the study of Objectivism. We provide an environment hospitable to learning and discussion.

Thank you for choosing CRC as your local resource for studying Objectivism.

Happy New Year!

Edited by Donovan.A
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