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      Major Update to OL (please click to open)   02/09/2016

      Sorry for the inconvenience, but we had to update OL and there have been some serious changes made by IPB. The real bad news is that they had to merge User Names and Display Names. This meant that I had to choose between bad and bad. I opted to keep the log-on information the same, so you can get on OL like you always did, but now your User Name is displayed. If your User Name and Display Name were the same, you will not feel the change. If they were different, you are probably irritated right now. I will figure out how you can change this so you can revert to the Display Name you used before if you like, however this may entail a change in how you log-on. The good news is that OL is now searchable from the very beginning. This means all the old posts from the A-Team in Objectivism (and everybody else) will finally show up when you search for something. I will keep changing this announcement as we adapt to these new changes. It's a pain, I know, but after looking around the backend for a bit, I believe the benefits will far, far outweigh the current irritation. They changed things in a hamhanded way and I don't like that, but I can't do anything about it. Benefit-wise, they actually did a good job, so please bear with us. In addition to this change, many good things are coming over time. You are the reason OL exists and I am sorry you have to go through this. Think of it like birth pangs... (All right, all right, that's forcing it.  ) Michael


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  1. On the Galt's Gulch Online forum, Dale Halling pointed to this video as a refutation of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vc-Uvp3vwg (Like Ed Hudgins, I am having trouble inserting a video.)  
  2. You do the Presidential Press Conference Dance: side step, side step, side step, and never face the music.   In my book on codes and ciphers, I gave an example of Goedelized codes taken from The Gold at Starbow's End by Frederick Pohl. You are ignoring the simple challenge to show how this applies to integers. If you cannot, then you must admit that it does not. And therefore may well not apply to Objectivist epistemology. Goedel's Theorem involves the highest abstractions of arithmetic.  The paragraph above can be expressed as a single number. Each statement of my proof likewise can be expressed as a single number. Goedel's theorem only says that we have no a prior way to know if the entire set of those numbers is complete and non-contradictory. That is two different assertions. If the set is non-contradictory, then it is not complete.  We know that. The body of knowledge is always expanding. You have asserted nothing substantial. ... unless, of course, you have something substantial to assert. (Take your time.)  
  3. In the words of Davy Crockett: "Not perzactly."  In other words, you skipped Step 2.  It is nice to quote an authority, Ba'al, but as you brought it up, would you care to give us an example of the problem from, say, the set of integer arithmetic?
  4. The Funniest Climate Change Propaganda So Far

    This is old and mainstream. It is theorized that the little webs that we do have between our fingers evolved when we lived near the ocean, or, perhaps, in some other very watery place. I point out that cats dislike baths, but eat fish. How did that come about? As I recall, the ears of terrestrial animals evolved from the gills of fish.
  5. Rand was cogent and correct in noting that when we make New Year's Resolutions, we celebrate our control over our destinies. This year, for Christmas, among the cards I sent out were some of Pygmalion sizing up his work: "May your plans for the new year come to fruition." Best wishes to all, Michael M.
  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (movie review)

    We saw it last night. We were pretty sure that we had seen it before. Discussing it at work with another fan, the movie deviates from the post-Lucas story arc. Here in Austin, a few years ago, I attended a National November Writers Month (NaNoWriMo) with the now-late (sadly) Aaron Allston (Wikipedia here) and as a result of that, I read through several of his and others' Star Wars novels. Trying to avoid spoilage here, I just note that, like Atlas Shrugged or Pride and Prejudice, you have a core of fans who know the work inside and out. Beyond that, you have the masses who just want common enjoyment. The problem of the second-hander plagues the current Star Trek movies, which also are under the artistic control of J. J. Abrams. While splitting off an alternate universe gave the story writers a lot of freedom, it also violated several fundamentals. The love relationship between Uhura and Spock is just one. One of the rules of the Star Trek universe (as controlled by Paramount) was that no new romantic relationships could be introduced between existing characters. In part, that was to deflect the many Spock-Kirk love stories that fans were writing. With Star Wars, the relationship lived by Han Solo and Leia Organa after the Return of the Jedi had already been defined in professional fiction (not fan fic) under the license of Lucasfilms by Aaron Allston and several other writers. Just check your local bookstore or library. This is known. So what? In the worst case, it is Courtland Homes. In The Fountainhead, picnicking with Gale and Dominique, Roark explains to Wynand that we inherit the wheel and invent the automobile. But in another scene, Keating confesses that he has not brought so much as a new doorknob to architecture. The gang that took over Courtland made their own changes, but none of those was an inventive improvement. So, too, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  7. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - 2015-2016

    The Daily Kos created 21 Ayn Rand Christmas Cards, in bad humor, of course. However, I found half of them worth copying and sending out on my own. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/22/1353470/-21-Ayn-Rand-Christmas-Cards
  8. Marco Rubio...a Rand fan

    Thanks for your work, Mark. I appreciate your cogent essay and the subsequent comments.
  9. Nice catch, Merlin! I cited these works extensively in an undergraduate sociology paper on business ethics. I got an A on the paper and an A in the course, but I doubt that my professor actually read this, or the other papers. It was all halo effect. In addition to your citations. Locke, Edwin A., “Reviewed Work(s):A Review of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand,” The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 14, No. 1. (Jan., 1989), pp. 100-103. Weiss, Richard M. “Politics and Organizational Science,” The Academy of Management Review, Vol.. 23, No. 3 (Jul, 1998), pp 389-191. Locke, Edwin A., and Thomas E. Becker, “Locke and Becker's Reply to Weiss,” The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 23, No. 3. (Jul., 1998), pp. 391-392. Orlitzky, Marc and David Jacobs, “A Candid and Modest Proposal: The Brave New World of Objectivism,” The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 23, No. 4, Oct. 1989, pp. 656-658 Locke, Edwin A., and Thomas E. Becker, “Objectivism's Answer to the Sad, Old World of Subjectivism,” The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 23, No. 4. (Oct., 1998), pp. 658-659. Full paper on Google Docs (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1usbodrlpcimvthhKE_gA_0PeH60SOTTZcXDvzktYJz0/edit?hl=en) linked from my Washtenaw Justice archives here: https://sites.google.com/site/washtenawjustice/ethics/ethics-in-business
  10. Who Supports Political Violence?

    "Although most people opposed violence, a significant minority (ranging from 5-14 percent) agreed with each violent option, and 10-18 percent expressed indifference about violence in politics. This implies that millions of ordinary Americans endorse the general idea of violence in politics. "Interestingly, these violent attitudes did not depend on standard political and demographic characteristics. For example, Republicans and Democrats were indistinguishable in their support for political violence, and liberals and conservatives were too. "By far the strongest factor is an aggressive personality. People who behave more aggressively in everyday life are significantly more likely to support political violence." Article from the Washington Post here: ttps://http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/mo... Text of research paper here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf... "The results from Table 8 suggest that Democrats might be more responsive to violent rhetoric." "The results in Table 10 show substantively- and statistically-strong treatment effects among low-knowledge subjects, consistent with the patterns observed above. In contrast, highknowledge subjects show virtually no responsiveness to the violent rhetoric."
  11. why people become Islamic extremists...

    Welcome to OL, Alexander. It is a dynamic of the West, widely accepted around the world, that young people challenge the norms of their parents. It is true in the Arab/Islamic lands. Nothing guarantees that "brainwashing" will work. If you goto the Ayn Rand Institute and find their annual Essay Contests, you will see that historically many winners and honorably mentioneds come from Catholic schools. In some years, you can find clusters from the same school. No one excels at brainwashing like the Catholic church. And yet... People make choices. Crimes are committed by individuals who make bad choices. As for rationality and technology and all that, I have posted here before some statistical evidence that engineers are prominent among actual terrorists.
  12. The Fountainhead

    I have it on VHS and DVD, so I have seen it a few times. Recently, I re-read a large section to settle a challenge on Galt's Gulch. (I was wrong.) When I read the book, I see the actors from the movie. They were all chosen well. You can read all you want about the filming. Wright wanted the same complete control that Rand had, so that was not going to work out. The scene where Roark tells Dominique that he always loved her has a quality that is deeper than acting. They had to shoot the courtroom scene twice because Cooper did not understand his lines.
  13. AGW Jihadists' 'footprints'

    Brett Hoffstadt posts on Galt's Gulch as "BrettRocketSci." On his own blog, he presents hefty arithmetic questioning the basic theory. http://www.engineeryourinnovation.com/a-simple-analysis-to-quickly-settle-the-agw-climate-change-debate/ For me, this goes back to about 1962. We were warned about a greenhouse runaway just like on Venus. But in the 70s, it was the coming ice age...
  14. An Update

    Congratulations! Keep us apprised.
  15. Thanks for replying, Wolf and Michael. I know Snagit from my work as a technical writer. I also know how to use repository upload sites like Google. The problem is inconsistent.