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  • Description The most important thing in the world is love. The most important thing about the world is mathematics. The most important thing upon the world is the human mind.
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  1. Victory - Same-Sex Power to Marry

    . Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Columbia . . . "For one smiling day to be free / to kiss in the sunlight / and say to the sky / 'Behold and believe what you see, / behold how my lover loves me'." //
  2. Interest as Cost of Immediacy

    . Bob, computers and automobiles are made up by human beings, yet that does not make them unreal. We organisms are emergent, and in the emergence and in our daily existence, we are conforming to the principles of physics, but to additional principles of engineering as well. Engineering principles are for success in functions, for avoidance of failures in functions. Things with performance, things with functions and failure modes, are real and their engineering principles are of reality. An ethics that includes prescriptions for the maintenance of life is in that part of the ethics a case of engineering principles for the perfectly real things that are us and our lives. Give that slumbering Hume a shake. Wake him up to full physical reality.
  3. Interest as Cost of Immediacy

    . Merlin, delighted to see your blog Correspondence and Coherence.$
  4. Ayn Rand Society

    Prof. Hill has an article here in Salon on his life and Ayn Rand in it.
  5. Why is there religion???

    Implication for further reasons, complicating ones, may be found in this perspective on theism v. atheism in Rand 1936, 1938, and 1943, from draft of my book in progress: [Deleted due to formatting problems.] So instead, I'll put in this space a little rounding out of Schopenhauer's picture. He writes: "It is just as absurd to grieve over the time when we will no longer exist as it would be to grieve over the time when we did not yet exist . . . . "Epicurus considered death from this point of view and therefore quite rightly said, 'death does not concern us', with the elucidation that when we are, death is not, and when death is, we are not. . . . Accordingly, from the standpoint of cognizance there appears to be absolutely no reason for fearing death . . . . And it is actually not this cognizing part of our I that fears death, but rather 'flight from death' proceeds solely from that blind willing with which every living thing is filled." (Translation of D. Carus and R.E. Aquila 2011)
  6. Why is there religion???

    Scatology is repeatedly on show here as deepest rationale in Greg’s animadversions. His smudge aside, there’s much good reflection in this thread. Here is some reflection on the topic from Schopenhauer 1818 (World as Will and Presentation): Among animals, only with the human being does nature “attain for the first time to reflective awareness; it then marvels at its own works and asks itself what it is. But its wonderment is all the more serious as it here stands for the first time consciously face to face with death . . . . “The interest instilled by philosophical as well as religious systems has its absolutely strongest anchor in the dogma of some form of survival after death. And even if the latter systems seem to make the existence of their gods the main concern, and to defend this with the greatest fervor, it is fundamentally only because they have attached their dogma of immortality to it, and regard it as inseparable from it; this alone is what really matters for them. . . . “There has never . . . been a lack of people endeavoring to earn their living from this human need for metaphysics and to exploit it as much as possible. That is why it has monopolists and general leaseholders among all peoples: priests. But their trade had everywhere to be secured by obtaining the right to impart their metaphysical dogmas to people at a very early age, before the power of judgment has yet awakened from its morning slumber, hence in earliest childhood, for then every well-implanted dogma, be it ever so senseless, sticks forever. If they had to wait until the power of judgment was mature, then their privileges could not endure.” In our culture, it has been my experience that when I affirm to a religious person that there is no God (taken as a supernatural god), their concern runs as: if true, then all would be meaningless and we and our loved ones die like a dog. I incline to think Schopenhauer is mostly right on this issue, even though his own metaphysics went quite haywire. (Schopenhauer, by the way, was a serious student of the biology of his day, but he died just before Darwin’s theory appeared.) Schopenhauer studied all kinds of religion (and he comes down extra hard on the Koran), but the kind dominate in his own land would have priests or pastors, along with other trained teachers, educating children in the right beliefs from an early age. In America, those denominations continue, but we have a large contingent of people who go through an intensely emotional episode and ceremony of “being saved” (saved from death mainly). In early childhood, these customers may not have had highly versed priests or pastors, but apparently they had almost always some adults around whom they loved who were of the Christian faith and who were singing its supernatural god and immortality to the children.
  7. Dark art

    . Son of a biscuit!
  8. Dark art

    Hang in there.
  9. Thatiris is photoed from our own patch a couple of days ago. Michael, you wrote "Nobody can tell me that supporting Hillary Clintonis due to fealty to conservative or libertarian principles." I won't tell you again. I've repeated the principle for voting Democratic against such Republicans for years on these sites. Enough on that. Thanks, Roger, for the points about the Kochs. I have Democratic friends who are very taken aback by CK's statement. Last year the Leftist rags speculated all sorts of dark ulterior motives the Kochs must have for their contribution to criminal justice reform. Either they don't get the difference between a conservative and a libertarian, don't know the Kochs have long been the latter, or prefer the latter were swept under the rug. I am myself puzzled as to why CK thinks an H. Clinton administration could plausibly be superior to a Ted Cruz one. I mean the priority I place on Roe and its reasoning has never been a priority shared bythe Kochsin their political activities. Maybe they don't like the immigration/hatred stuff Cruz rolls along with. I do get CK's interest in influencing the Republican candidates in hisdirections (and away from day after day of distraction from substance by negative personal junk,attack-the-media junk, . . .?) bythe remark not ruling out relative merit (relative less demerit) of Clinton asPresident. If Trump wins the nomination (as I now expect if he wins Indiana), I imagine any Koch money going to elections this year will go to House races to try to stem a Democratic sweep. It remains as always that support of education in the value and efficacy of liberty will remain themostlasting contribution of the Kochs to politics in America.
  10. Psychological Visibility

    In this case, the exchange of glance is not about romance, just lack of inductionof simple excitement from one close person to another. The man is Leo, and the other person is Kira. She is still in love with him, or at least with what he would have been on his way to be when she met him, had they not lived in that country in that era. Leo has wound down on life. His fire is going out in that social system. Here is the surrounding setting: "Leo, . . . I know what your'e doing [black market]. I know why your doing it. But listen: it's not too late; they haven't caught you; you still have time. Let's make an effort, a last one: let's save all we can and apply for a foreign passport. Let's run to the point of the earth that's farthest from this damned country." He looked into her flaming eyes with eyes that were like mirrors which could reflect a flame no longer. "Why bother?" he asked. "Leo, I know what you'll say. You have nodesire for living left. You don't care anymore. But listen: do it without desire. Even if you don't believe you'll ever care again. Just postpone your final judgment on yourself; postpone it till you get there. When you're free in a human country again---then see if youstill want to live." . . . "Leo, . . . It can't do that to you. Let it take a hundred and fifty million living creatures. But not you, Leo! Not you, my highest reverence. . . ."
  11. Psychological Visibility

    . Addition to the compilation: "He looked into her flaming eyes with eyes that were like mirrors which could reflect a flame no longer" (Rand 1936, 445).
  12. Nietzsche - "Irrationality of a thing"

    In the preceding post, PD stands for philosophical dialogue.
  13. Nietzsche - "Irrationality of a thing"

    Pertaining to Nietzsche in the preceding post: From “The Impossibility of Philosophical Dialogue” -David L. Roochnik (1986, Philosophy and Rhetoric 19(3):147–65)
  14. Nietzsche - "Irrationality of a thing"

  15. Leonard Peikoff Corner

    Thinking about it a bit further, I seemy preference for the Bernini is dependent on the fact that both sculptures are to be realizations of a particular character in a story known to the viewer. That brings in adimension for evaluation (quality of character-realization), rather like in programmatic music. Considering the two sculptures aside from their story-character, I don't have a preference between the one strong man at rest and the other strong man in action. Like Leonard, I also had the privilege of walking around Michelangelo's David at the Accademiain Firenze, and that was unforgettable. Lovers of sculpture should in that precious cityexperience also those at the Bargello. In Romeexperience those of Bernini and Michelangelo, including Bernini at the Borghese, home of his David.Unforgettable