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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

    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

    Reblogged:Latest Glyphosate Smear Misses 80% of Context

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    If you are suspicious of glyphosate (aka Roundup) because it seems to keep popping up in the news, let me recommend the most recent debunking of the most recent smear-piece in that particular Luddite campaign to sow ignorance and panic. Writing for the Genetic Literacy Project, a great resource for this kind of thing, horticulturalist Kevin Folta performs a lengthy and thorough debunking of the Guardian piece, which headlined "'Disturbing:' Weedkiller Ingredient Tied to Cancer Found in 80% of U

    Ayn Rand’s misunderstood position on altruism

    merjet
    By merjet,
    https://www.dailynews.com/2020/02/02/ayn-rands-misunderstood-position-on-altruism/

    Yuval Noah Harari

    Easy Truth
    By Easy Truth,
    This is a philosopher that is getting traction and seems concerning. On one hand he as some valid points to make but his attack on the existence of freewill may be problematic. Here I think the word liberal is used to mean classical liberal. In particular the belief that "you can't decide what desires you have", in one context (in the moment) may be true, but not over all. Harari wrote that although the idea of free will and the liberal values based upon it "emboldened people who had to fig

    An Old but New Attack on Ayn Rand

    Easy Truth
    By Easy Truth,
    I would love to have some help refuting everything in this article. It is pretty hard hitting and many of my friends are asking me about it. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/8/1/2113850/-How-a-Child-Killer-Set-the-Stage-for-Today-s-Republicans-to-Revel-in-Cruelty I do have a refutation of the murder (Hickman) issue here https://aynrand.no/did-ayn-rand-admire-killer-william-hickman/

    Has anyone studied News Nation Prime?

    Doug Morris
    By Doug Morris,
    I've recently started watching News Nation Prime.  They claim to be avoiding the extremes of both left and right and providing unbiased news.  Has anyone investigated to see how successful they are at avoiding bias?

    The Bobulinski angle on Biden

    Jon Letendre
    By Jon Letendre,
    * * * * * Split from Biden is our only hope, say Yaron Brook * * * * * Today the DOJ announced charges and arrests in the Foxhunt Conspiracy. The DOJ official says "the hunters became the hunted" at 3:00. Watch here: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1yNGaBgvnjXJj When did Q start saying that? How many times has Q said it? See here: https://qanon.pub/ The phrase is ubiquitous in the movement, has been for years.

    Definition of "selfish", what do we do?

    slacker00
    By slacker00,
    It's clear to me that the popular accepted definition of selfish is an irrational selfishness. We can debate this issue, if we must, but I think that it is absolutely clear. selfish 1: concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself : seeking or concentrating on one's own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others 2: arising from concern with one's own welfare or advantage in disregard of others <a selfish act> It's not just the dictionary. Just ask any

    explication of a concept

    Nemain
    By Nemain,
    Have there been any papers on delineating Conceptual Common Denominators to help improve one's skills at conceptual identification? So far the only thing I've found was "Conceptualization and Justification" by Gregory Salmieri.

    Is the afterlife arbitrary?

    Severinian
    By Severinian,
    I realize that the standard objectivist answer is that the afterlife/reincarnation is arbitrary, but is it really?  After all, we know that consciousness is real, and we don't have the scientific explanation for it yet. Isn't it then at least a possibility that, if there's an entity which contains the essence of your consciousness, that entity might later come into a physical formation that gives you a life as a living being again? 

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