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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

    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.

    Will AI teach us that Objectivism is correct?

    By happiness,
    Today I saw a demonstration of an app that counts objects of the same type in a picture. The software isolates a similar characteristic among concretes in a visual field and performs an act of induction to form a concept. Computers are using human epistemology. Others have already noted the similarities between Objectivist epistemology and object oriented programming. Is it possible that a sufficiently advanced form of AI, obeying a rational epistemology and lacking the capacity for evasion

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Blog Roundup 1. In "Things That Can Kill You Quickly: What Everyone Should Know About First Aid," by Jason Crawford, you get a quick and surprisingly interesting read:His biggest take-home from the course as a new dad was the confidence in knowing he could do something, if need be. Worth the visit are his flashcard deck for the course and his description of how those ubiquitous defibrillator boxes work. The image there will refresh your memory. 2. Moving along from dispatching threats to p

    Objectivism in Academia

    By cliveandrews,
    How are Objectivists treated in the academic arenta? I know nothing about academic philosophy, but I would infer that Objectivists might have a hard time getting along with others in the feild, or even face persecution from their peers. Thoughts?

    Reblogged:23 and Me ... and My CEO?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Lots of people, including a recent letter-writer to Alison Green at Ask a Manager, get their DNA tested out of curiosity about their ancestry. I am not one of them, in part because I do not trust our government-run medical-"insurance" system or other parts of the entitlement state not to obtain the information without my knowledge or consent and then use it in ways I would not approve of. If that sounds paranoid or overly cautious, so be it, but you might reconsider doing this, given that on

    Reblogged:Bernie Bros: Search 'Egg Prices' Some Time

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Last week, I took conservatives to task for their "Bidenflation" half-narrative on egg prices. This doesn't make me a fan of the left, nor does it mean the proposed explanations or solutions from that side are any better. Consider the way Bernie Sanders has been demagoguing this issue by attempting to blame capitalism and punish the agricultural conglomerates:There is a saying to the effect that a falsehood can run laps around the world before the truth ties its sneakers, and this is a prime e

    Reblogged:Save Part of Your Own Life: Don't Recycle

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    John Stossel recently wrote a short column debunking all the standard "arguments" I've ever heard for recycling. On its factual merits, one would be astounded that anyone follows the practice, and yet here we are, about 30 years after blue bins started popping up once a week in neighborhoods around the country. Stossel titles the piece, "The Religion of Recycling," and I think he may be more on the money than he realizes. Yes, the practice has its complex, nonsensical "commandments" and ritua

    What are the similarities and differences between 'Q' haters and Ayn Rand haters?

    Jon Letendre
    By Jon Letendre,
    Split from *** About the Russian aggression of Ukraine *** How do haters approach Ayn Rand's ideas? Do they find out what those ideas are, engage with them honestly and attempt to refute them? Or do they smear her and her admirers, skipping over the substance of her ideas and going straight to condemnation? "It's all there in The Fountainhead. Rape whoever you want to rape, destroy public buildings -- it's all good to the supermen of Objectivism. Atlas Shrugged makes it all clear

    My Verses

    By Boydstun,
    . These Words These words we read from some desire . . that someone live . . the this entire. Read is our reach, . . our grasp, our be . . life that is know . . wings that are free.   Copyright Stephen C. Boydstun 2016    

    Regarding the Punishment of Opinions

    By necrovore,
    Over the past decade or so it has become much more acceptable to "punish" people because of their opinions -- because they expressed them, or just because they have them. It has been pointed out that there is a big difference between the government carrying out this "punishment," such as by throwing people in prison, and private individuals (or groups) carrying it out, such as by denying service at a bar or a bank. In the latter case, property owners are merely exercising their right to the

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