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    Objectivism Is The Everyman's Philosophy

    In the universe, what you see is what you get,

    figuring it out for yourself is the way to happiness,

    and each person's independence is respected by all

  • Rand's Philosophy in Her Own Words

    • "Metaphysics: Objective Reality"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed/Wishing won’t make it so." "The universe exists independent of consciousness"
    • "Epistemology: Reason" "You can’t eat your cake and have it, too." "Thinking is man’s only basic virtue"
    • "Ethics: Self-interest" "Man is an end in himself." "Man must act for his own rational self-interest" "The purpose of morality is to teach you[...] to enjoy yourself and live"
    • "Politics: Capitalism" "Give me liberty or give me death." "If life on earth is [a man's] purpose, he has a right to live as a rational being"
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    Foundational Frames: Descartes and Rand

    By Boydstun,
    I should locate this work and its Addendums in this collection of works. I expect to be adding yet another addendum, this one on Descartes and Rand in their relations to Aristotle's metaphysics and philosophy of mechanics and biology. Foundational Frames: Descartes and Rand

    About the Russian aggression of Ukraine

    By AlexL,
    An analysis of John Mearsheimer's position, which is: "it is not Putin but the West, especially the U.S., that’s principally responsible for this disaster. The Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault.” The analysis continues:   Read here the full analysis.

    Reblogged:Haley at the Ready

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    The Semafor, David Weigel opines that Nikki Haley is "riding a charming, focused, and consistent campaign to third place." With polls all over the place, I presume Weigel is placing the former South Carolina governor behind Trump and one of DeSantis or Ramaswamy. I think it is premature to consign Haley to third place: Aside from political junkies and Trump-worshipers, not that many people are paying much attention. This means that, while part of Trump's overwhelming-looking support is never g

    Some Fine Film Finales

    By Boydstun,
    At my Facebook page, but I'll try to show them directly in this thread also. 

    Deep Reading, Iterative Reading

    By Marzshox,
    Deep reading and Iterative reading are two related facets of the much broader, Literary studies landscape. Thus, I give you a two part post. It's rather difficult to tee off a discussion without a solid swing, without the proper club. So I guess I'll start with Deep Reading. For anyone who doesn't know what deep reading is, one would say such a lack of knowledge is akin to a President who doesn't know what foreign policy is. As deep reading is as fundamental to literature as water is t

    Reblogged:Thank You, Publix!

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    There's a good article at Vox about a Florida intuition I will miss when we move out of state: Publix, the state's ubiquitous and well-liked grocery chain. I especially like the account of its founding at the start of the article:I had not been aware of any of this -- except that a few other states in the South also have locations. Sadly, Louisiana isn't one of them: I checked soon after we decided to move there. (I don't shop there for everything, but it has been my go-to for grilling night an

    Existence, We

    By Boydstun,
    (Click on image.) This image displays the title and subsection titles of my paper to be published in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies this July. I developed the metaphysics debuted in this paper over a period of about five years, working on it in the morning hours of each day, beginning before sunrise. An apt name for the resulting philosophy would be Resonant Existence. The image is a pre-dawn look out back at our place, a look to the east. On my way to coffee, I glance out as I’m sayi

    god an anti concept?

    By QuidProQuo,
    Just going through ITOE and noting the importance of similarity in terms of CCD. This aspect is strikingly necessary to developing a concept.  When thinking about how a person could develop the concept of "god" it does not seem like this could ever be formed because the would be no way to place god on a CCD since there is no similarity or commensurable characteristic. Since concepts can't be formed randomly and similarity is a vital aspect of the formation, wouldn't this preclude god as a v

    Self-Sufficient - being Smart, Strong, and Straight

    By monart,
    [This was written as part of a message to my grandson for his recent 10th birthday. He is an intelligent, articulate, and athletic free learner who doesn't go to government school, won''t eat animals, and is a healthy, happy individualist.] Self-Sufficient - being Smart, Strong, and Straight Being Smart is Knowing clearly what’s real and what’s not. Discovering what exists, what it does, and what goes together or not. Learning well your words, numbers, pictures, and sounds.

    Reblogged:A Republican Should Target These Voters

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Although his piece mischaracterizes the demographic as "conservative," Mark Penn correctly describes how Trump won the 2016 nomination with suburban voters as an apparent moderate -- and how a non-Trump nominee can target such voters to win the nomination:The path to victory is narrow, but Penn argues that it might be viable once what he calls the "rally-around-the-indictments effect" wears off. I'm not sure how strong such an effect is with educated voters, nor that it will wear off at all for

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