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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"
  • Objectivism Online Chat

    Why use the Word “Selfishness” explanation only gets you half way there

    freestyle
    By freestyle,
    I just came across the below video… Why Use the Word “Selfishness”? YouTube TheObjectivistStandard C. Biddle And this is something I’ve been kicking around for about 12 years now… and I still don’t have a good answer.  Biddle does a solid job of explaining and reiterating what Rand said at the start of TVOS.   While understanding that is important, there is a very important aspect of the question that the explanation misses. I  have found that most people (even altruists) unders

    Great Description of Objectivist Metaphysics

    KyaryPamyu
    By KyaryPamyu,
    It's a talk on Vedanta philosophy, but it's almost a word for word exposition of Rand's take on metaphysics. He explains how the validity of perception ('appearance') cannot be denied through reasoning, because the concepts used in reasoning are derived from perception. Unfortunately, he then claims to have a solution, which is to 'go beyond' the notions of space, time and causality. But one can easily retort: 'beyond' and 'within' are spacial concepts. You can go the whole way an

    Reblogged:January 6: A Win for Divided Government?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Hot Air, Allahpundit speculates that the big winner in the January 6 hearings is Ron DeSantis, who already looks like the Republican's best bet to win in 2024:I think this analysis is spot-on, but I think that Trump will run again unless he dies or is legally barred from running again, which I am inclined to think he should be. If Trump is the Republican nominee, he will probably lose simply because he antagonizes enough people -- as we saw in 2020 when he lost with the second-highest p

    Your Thoughts on Modern Poetry

    KyaryPamyu
    By KyaryPamyu,
    I know poetry is the most hot-button issue on this forum, but I'm chiming in with yet another installment, this time on modern poetry. Usually when we talk, we use whatever words, metaphors and styles help us effectively communicate the message.  In poetry, however, the form is not passive, but an active participant in achieving the desired meaning and effect. We all know that rhyme and meter are artificial, but check this out, if I write the next words Like             This

    Russian invasion of Ukraine/Belief of Mainstream Media Narrative

    Economic Freedom
    By Economic Freedom,
    *** Split from: Objectivists are working to save the world from tyranny--isn't that altruism? *** >Just today I saw a news report that a gov't official in Russia had said that domestic opponents to Russia's current war in Ukraine will be sent to concentration camps. What was the news source? Most of what mainstream media has presented to the public regarding Ukraine has been propaganda. Even many images have been shown to be hoaxes. Ethnic Russians who speak Russian but live

    Theory of Mind

    EC
    By EC,
    My newest integration and creation I will now call Clayton's Theory of Mind.  The universe is deterministic but a rational entity's mind is not because of the existence of emergent contextual volition via a informational phase change at a definite complexity inflection point. The phase change at the inflection point of sufficient complexity of a given entity's consciousness changes deterministic factors into the context of the emergent volitional mind.

    Reblogged:The Millions Saved by Covid Vaccines

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Between leftists sowing panic about Covid (and overselling the Covid vaccines) and Trumpsters all but pretending Covid doesn't exist (and yet that the vaccines didn't work at all or were even dangerous), I can understand why many people had trouble reaching a solid conclusion about whether taking one is a good idea. And that would be true without the even more unhelpful fact that the left wants to violate our freedom by forcing us to be vaccinated -- while the right, led by Florida's Governor D

    What Has the 'Pro-Life' Movement Won?

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    What Has the Pro-Life Movement Won? by Ross Douthat - 2 April 2021 Excellent review of what it has come to in the US. Legally and politically well-informed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Content of Roe and a Moral Rationale

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four Things Recent wins from the Positive Focus Log... 1. This may sound negative, but a library I planned to use for work sessions has poor internet. I tried it. I know to avoid it if I need internet. At the same time, it is spacious, uncrowded, and very nicely designed: It would be a very pleasant place to do non-internet intensive work, and it has a nature trail outside for breaks. Or: I have a great place to do undistracted blocks of reading, thinking, or writing. 2. Speaking of wi

    Reblogged:John Madden, Innovator

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Shortly after John Madden's death last year, Christopher Jacobs of The Federalist penned a tribute to the former football coach and commentator. Madden was excellent at both, but Jacobs is most impressed with his commentary:I always appreciated Madden's explanations, but had no idea that the many enhancements to sports broadcasting in the second paragraph were his ideas. I am old enough to remember having to wait to learn the score of a game in progress, but that invention has been in use for

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