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  2. What's Up With Harvey?

    Category crumble, conceptual coleslaw, word wobbles. Douglas Murray adjudicates 'sexual misconduct' allegations for the ages.
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  4. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    The law of identity, maybe? Where was it just recently you rubbished that? Needfully, because it clashes - abstract art - with your wish to create intelligibility (by a privileged/sophisticated elite, apparently) out of the (deliberately made)unintelligible, thereby flouting identification. Is that reminder fundamental enough to "refute" your position? The consequences are visibly commonplace of trying to escape identity; then anything goes - subjectivism, a primacy of sensations and emotions, psychic powers, arbitrariness, authoritarianism, neo-mysticism -- oh, and in art especially. I was saying the religious and the mystics have always seen "meaning" in nature (the metaphysical given) - since to them it's the *God-given*. Then, art, the man-made representation of anything from nature, is simply the continuity of that Godly purpose for his Creation, man. An artist purportedly taps into and produces the same "meaning", which millions have tried to unearth in pictorial art works. (In fact, for the religious, all existence is *evidence* of God's love of mankind. And why not? From their view point it is a persuasive argument - although causally-reversed, as it is). So the artists cash in on and derive their unquestioned, tacitly -perceived 'supernatural authority' from these old, superstitious notions . Escape identity and identification, and, in ethics, a particular philosopher can assert the standard of value to be "beauty" and its recognition of, equating this with "moral goodness". How easy and effortless to be 'moral' ... gimme some of that. Altogether, an attractive package and tough act to follow. Unless one prefers reality. The neo-mystic fallacies, "meaning" and "purpose", within a Universe disregarding of man's existence, are obliterated by the Law of Identity - but try telling you art mystics this!
  5. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    What is missing? What is missing is what is missing. The unknown. The uncreated. The future both in knowledge and in creativity. Objectivity is 100% backward looking. Here is an example: if you had purchased Appel computer stock when Steve Jobs came back in 1997 and held it until today you'd be up +9000%. This can be objectively validated today, but not back in 1997. Professors don't create--or seldom do--but are great--if they are great and not dogmatic leftists moralistic smucks--at telling you what IS. As great as what is is that's only part of the story. No more. "Objectivity" is reality validation, that's all. Make sure you're right then go ahead. --Brant
  6. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    Yeah, it stands for Architecture is Art. J
  7. SJW Super Hero

    SJW Super Hero From the wilds of wanton willfulness... From the seas of sleeper salvagers... From the tempests of transcendent tolerance... Comes the new man, the new woman, the new gender... The talebearers of telltale tamper... Thus shall they be legion... Thus shall they be legend... Michael
  8. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    A is A?
  9. What's Up With Harvey?

    I swear, all these tattle-tale sexual abuse scandals have me running back into the literature of Harold Robbins. I devoured that stuff in my youth (The Carpetbaggers, The Dream Merchants, The Adventurers, The Betsy, etc.). In a typical bedroom scene in one of his potboilers, a rich woman will mouth off to a dude who has clawed his way to the top from poverty through grit, nasty fights and intrigues, he will slap her around, they will land on the bed, then she will beg him to possess her while showering him with sexy kisses. Whew! Life suddenly feels normal again... btw - I sympathize with the women who are actual abuse victims. God knows I've defended my share. What's going on in the culture, though, is starting to fall in the "madness of crowds" category. For a con man, it's a good time to run a scam... At least and for the most part, it's ruling class establishment toadies who are going down... Michael
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  11. What's Up With Harvey?

    Roy Moore's accuser Leigh Corfman interviewed ... More lies from all nine of Roy Moore's accusers ...
  12. U of Minnesota Morris students were taken off the air during their student radio broadcast because they had said the word "tranny," which the leftist activist station manager claimed, falsely, was a violation of FCC law. A university cop was brought in, and was apparently ready to arrest them and enforce the just-made-up "law." When the fake law was discovered to be fake, the station manager made up new accusations and an additional fake law. And when that didn't work, found some actual minor violations that might stick. http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/11/17/university-of-minnesota-student-radio-hosts-suspended-for-saying-tranny/ The fallout is going to be fun to watch. J
  13. Canada Let A Cockroach In

    Backlashing ...
  14. Sessions, leaks, security, Manafort and 'false news.'

    Well, the plot to remove McMaster just got a jolt of energy: #FireMcMaster!
  15. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    Oh, hey, check this out: https://campus.aynrand.org/campus-courses/advanced-seminars-on-objectivism/objectivity-volitional-adherence-to-reality-by-the-method-of-logic
  16. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    Tony, if you want to refute someone's position, the idea would then be to provide info which refutes your opponent rather than that which supports him. Hahaha. J
  17. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    Oh, of course! Rand's glaring contradictions are "so minor." Nothin' to see here folks, move along. What's sauce for the goose is not sauce for the gander. When it comes to St. Ayn, A doesn't have to be A, at least not all of the time. Sometimes it can be non-A, and it's just "so minor." J
  18. [Atlasphere]Exciting Changes on the Horizon for the Atlasphere

    Heather, Good luck on this new phase of Atlasphere. Michael
  19. Canada Let A Cockroach In

    Canada Let A Cockroach In The cockroach is called thought crime. Here is the cockroach starting to breed: Extended: Excerpts from secretly recorded meeting between Wilfrid Laurier University grad student and faculty It's hard to listen to. This young woman being accused does not--and cannot by decree of this kangaroo court--know who her accuser is, how many there were, how she damaged her accuser, and so on. Her crime? She presented the different points of view in the culture on gender names without taking a stand. This thought crime thing is breeding under the initial banner of demonizing and taking out Jordan Peterson. Once more cockroaches breed, in the not too distant future, I see formalized indoctrination with forced reeducation camps to avoid jail sentences. I really hate to see this happen to Canada. It will still be OK for a long time, but this is cancer. If not treated, this cancer will eventually kill the host. I hope for--and look forward to--a healthy backlash. Michael
  20. What's Up With Harvey?

    Neil, Now there's an idea for ya'. I wonder what the Romans paid the Apostle Paul with, money, sex and power? Land? Camels? What would life be without goofballs like Valliant for amusement? Michael
  21. Readers will have seen this week one tyrant near the end of his reign -- Mugabe in Zimbabwe, who will likely be impeached next month -- and may have speculated on what the ruckus in Saudia Arabia portends for the family autocracy there (setting aside humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen). I've been following the activist Iyad el-Baghdadi for quite a while on Twitter. He was jailed and expelled from Saudi Arabia and found refuge in Norway, after having become a stinging thorn in the side of autocrats throughout the Arab world. As he added entries to his "Arab Tyrants Manual" his relative fame/notoriety/danger grew. Readers here may be interested to know of his self-identification as an "Islamic Libertarian." Long story short, he has launched a new project that I like the looks of ... he is wicked smart, incisive, funny and informed. Here we get a close look at Saudi Arabia's failures as a regime. Not as much zany fun as an hour with Loren Lockman, but hey. Here's the Soundcloud embed: Here I add a striking video that depicts the relentless economic development of the alternative Saudi Arabia, the jewel of the Emirates, Dubai.
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  23. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    No no. That's only half-way there (epistemology) and ignores the metaphysics. Law of identity, yes? Objectivity ¶ Objectivity is both a metaphysical and an epistemological concept. It pertains to the relationship of consciousness to existence. Metaphysically, it is the recognition of the fact that reality exists independent of any perceiver’s consciousness. Epistemologically, it is the recognition of the fact that a perceiver’s (man’s) consciousness must acquire knowledge of reality by certain means (reason) in accordance with certain rules (logic). This means that although reality is immutable and, in any given context, only one answer is true, the truth is not automatically available to a human consciousness and can be obtained only by a certain mental process which is required of every man who seeks knowledge—that there is no substitute for this process, no escape from the responsibility for it, no shortcuts, no special revelations to privileged observers—and that there can be no such thing as a final “authority” in matters pertaining to human knowledge. Metaphysically, the only authority is reality; epistemologically—one’s own mind. The first is the ultimate arbiter of the second. The concept of objectivity contains the reason why the question “Who decides what is right or wrong?” is wrong. Nobody “decides.” Nature does not decide—it merely is; man does not decide, in issues of knowledge, he merely observes that which is. When it comes to applying his knowledge, man decides what he chooses to do, according to what he has learned, remembering that the basic principle of rational action in allaspects of human existence, is: “Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.” This means that man does not create reality and can achieve his values only by making his decisions consonant with the facts of reality. “Who Is the Final Authority in Ethics?” The Objectivist Newsletter, Feb. 1965, 7 ¶ Objectivity begins with the realization that man (including his every attribute and faculty, including his consciousness) is an entity of a specific nature who must act accordingly; that there is no escape from the law of identity, neither in the universe with which he deals nor in the working of his own consciousness, and if he is to acquire knowledge of the first, he must discover the proper method of using the second; that there is no room for the arbitrary in any activity of man, least of all in his method of cognition—and just as he has learned to be guided by objective criteria in making his physical tools, so he must be guided by objective criteria in forming his tools of cognition: his concepts. “Consciousness and Identity,” Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, 82
  24. It’s time to rejoice! The website is being updated as we speak and we will be rolling out the new changes by year’s end. We are modernizing your ability to chat and network as well as optimizing the site for mobile and creating phone apps. My name is Heather Wagenhals and I am the new publisher and Editor-in-chief for the Atlasphere. The Atlasphere founder Joshua Zader created a vibrant community for admirers of Ayn Rand’s work to share ideas and connect with others personally, professionally, and romantically. My job is to enhance your experience while you are here so you have the ability to make meaningful connections. Please update your profiles and send me a message to introduce yourself. I am Heather Wags in the directory. Additionally, if you would like to be a contributor to the Atlasphere, submit your ideas for blog posts here or featured columns here. View the full article
  25. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    You going to dine out on that one, I bet. ;) This is so minor. The empirical mindset usually seems unable to rise above small things to take in the grand picture. Architecture-art is a stretch, imo, but not invalid in specific, selected contexts. It was -eventually - a close one for me (but I have a greater appreciation now, of the reality of buildings sans-art). Oops, and who am I wasting this information on?
  26. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    A self-created (-made) soul -- isn't metaphorical.
  27. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    You're making shit up again, and having arguments with imaginary people who take the imaginary positions that you assign to them. Nutty, kooky, Rand-idolizer crap.
  28. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    I've been using Rand's notion of "objectivity," which is the act of vlitionally adhering to reality by using logic and reason. She didn't follow that notion when doing her "Objective Esthetics." An example of lack of objectivity would be someone saying that art is a selective re-creation of reality which cannot serve a utilitarian purpose, but then also claiming that something is art which she explicitly says does not re-create reality and which serves a utilitarian purpose. Rand is the one who requires identification of the artist's meaning. that's her requirement for an objective judgment. Judgments which do not do so are not objectively vet by her formulation. Rand was basically ignorant of all of the art forms other than literature. She came up with a theory of literature and then just arbitrarily expected the other arts to conform to the same theory. And she also began with her personal hatred for "modern art" and wanted to come up with rules which she thought would invalidate it as an art form, neglecting to realize that those silly rules also invalidate art forms that she wanted to be valid. It's an irrational mess. After years of stubborn evasions, Tony, you recently finally admitted that her views on architecture were contradictions and rationalizations. In other words, as I said above, she didn't apply the Objectivist Epistemology to the subject, but deviated from it to the point of absurdity. Her "Objectivist Esthetics" is tainted throughout by such irrationality and anti-objectivity. J
  29. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    Wow! --Brant from another planet
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