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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

    Math and reality

    By merjet,
    I made the following comment on the Charles Tew thread: “In another video he talks about mathematics. I don't remember which one. He prefaced his remarks with his not being a mathematician, but what he said about math did not sit well with me. As I recall, he said mathematics is about reality. Yes and no. It is also about our concepts. Show me a matrix, differential equation, integral or complex number in reality that wasn't written by some human being, then I will reconsider.” Link.

    Greetings, and Making Things “Click”

    By HowardRoarkSpaceDetective,
    Fellow Travelers, I hope this message finds you well.  I’m new here, but I’ve been studying Objectivism for a few years now, pretty intensely over the past year. Things are clicking for me slowly, but my understanding is very fractured still. I’m passionate about it and I’m very optimistic about seeing substantial changes in my life as a result of being an Objectivist, but most of what I’ve learned has yet to become second nature for me. Has anyone here dealt with/overcome this problem

    David Kelley's Kant

    By Boydstun,
    Let KrV stand for Kritik der reinen Vernunft = Critique of Pure Reason. In citations A designates the first edition (1781), and B designates the second edition (1787).   ~Kelley and Rand on Kant In his excellent book The Evidence of the Senses (ES), David Kelley included some remarks on Immanuel Kant’s mature theoretical philosophy by way of contrast with the realist theory of perception which Kelley had developed within the metaphysical and epistemological framework of Ayn Rand.

    Reblogged:Beer, Linux, Laughs, and an Oxford Comma

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A Friday Hodgepodge 1. Contemplating a return to my long-dormant hobby of home brewing, I have learned of five brewing innovations. The neatest-sounding one of the lot would be the first on the list, namely cryo hops: More interesting is the next, mash filtration. I doubt I'll use the technique myself, and I'm not worried about my own water use -- it's the use of interesting grains to make beer afforded by the technique that I like. 2. While we're doing lists, here's a list of (just) "8 Thi

    Reblogged:Feminism Devalues Trade

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    On the occasion of National Women's Day, Suzanne Lucas found herself having to explain to feminists that, in my words, its okay to pay someone to do work that you yourself disdain:Yes, and while the thought of wokescolds cleaning their own toilets as if it were some kind of sacrament makes me smile, I'd rather they read this and begin to appreciate how the market can liberate anyone willing to work from poverty. Leftists are constantly trying to purge words they don't like from everyone else's

    Proof of Aperiodic Tiling of Infinite Plane Has Been Accomplished

    By Boydstun,
    Proof of Aperiodic MonoTile Has Been Accomplished

    Reblogged:This Beats Range Anxiety?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    My neighbor across the street owns two Teslas, but ahead of a recent hurricane, I saw him piling his family into a much more practical internal combustion vehicle ahead of evacuating. Having evacuated from a major city in the past myself, I know that even refueling a conventional vehicle can be a dicey proposition, and that was part of why I chose to stay put for that one. But refueling is just one part of the problem the phrase range anxiety fails to capture, as evocative as it is. The ridic

    The Nietzschean Origins of Skyscrapers

    By Reidy,
    An article that makes for interesting reading in connection with The Fountainhead and Rand's theories about art. Sullivan was her model for Henry Cameron. The author's observation that highrise is on the decline in the US but going strong in China raises a question: has technology decentralized work so that such buildings are obsolete? If so, you'd expect freer markets to catch on sooner. On the other hand, maybe politics brought this on by making big cities more expensive, dilapidated and

    How to Be an Objective Consumer of Science [or Expertise in General] (Salmieri)

    By RupeeRoundhouse,
    Here‘s the lecture. Below is my outline. Please don’t hesitate to point out errors. Also, in brackets are my own contributions. Finally, Dr. Salmieri topically jumps around a few times so I placed them in the outline where they should be topically for cognitive organization and ease of understanding. Does anyone have the redacted Q&A? ———————————————————————————— How do we decide between competing claims? I. Testimonial knowledge

    Reblogged:Rational Policy Debate Among 'Excess Deaths'

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    At City Journal, John Tierney considers the consequences of California Governor Gavin Newsom's Covid response and finds it wanting. Probably the most interesting parts are near the beginning and the end, which respectively discuss the economic consequences of the lockdowns and analyze mortality. From the latter we have a comparison with Florida:Tellingly absent is outrage about authoritarianism -- be it of the blatant Newsomian variety or DeSantis's disguised kind. Instead, as we see when cons

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