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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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Hi: My name’s Mike Masztal. I am a married (33 yrs) 58 year-old currently employed teaching biology and chemistry to high school students. I also teach a class on critical thinking and basic logic. I recall seeing Rand’s books in the stores through the years, but never read any of them. After seeing Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, I was drawn to read the novel. The novel validated, for the most part, my personal philosophy more completely than anything had up to that time. I can honestly say it was an epiphany! I’ve since read many of Rand’s philosophical works. I would have to place myself in the Kelley camp rather than the Peikoff camp due to their parochial adherence to “closed” Objectivism.

While I now view objectivism as the most correct view of life, there are some tenets I have not reconciled and hopefully, after some reading and time, will be able to clear up some of them.

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You sound like a "young" 58. Way to go!

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While I now view objectivism as the most correct view of life, there are some tenets I have not reconciled and hopefully, after some reading and time, will be able to clear up some of them.

While I now view objectivism as the most correct view of life, there are some tenets I have not reconciled and hopefully, after some reading and time, will be able to clear up some of them.

Hope you've got a lot of time!

O, to be 58 again!

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You're just about 116, aren't you? That's 58 twice so it's kind of "58 again."

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You're just about 116, aren't you? That's 58 twice so it's kind of "58 again."

J

Yes! 116 is the new 70!

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Hi: My name’s Mike Masztal. I am a married (33 yrs) 58 year-old currently employed teaching biology and chemistry to high school students. I also teach a class on critical thinking and basic logic. I recall seeing Rand’s books in the stores through the years, but never read any of them. After seeing Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, I was drawn to read the novel. The novel validated, for the most part, my personal philosophy more completely than anything had up to that time. I can honestly say it was an epiphany! I’ve since read many of Rand’s philosophical works. I would have to place myself in the Kelley camp rather than the Peikoff camp due to their parochial adherence to “closed” Objectivism.

While I now view objectivism as the most correct view of life, there are some tenets I have not reconciled and hopefully, after some reading and time, will be able to clear up some of them.

Welcome to OL! There are many interesting and intelligent posters on this list. and it is refreshingly free of the "orthodox" perspective that is commonly found in similar forums. The freethinking attitude around here is largely owing to Michael Kelly, the owner and webmaster. Given how Michael tends to stay in the background, it is easy to take him for granted, so I wish to thank him again for the remarkable job he has done in maintaining OL for so many years.

I'm glad to see that the AS movie encouraged some viewers to read Rand. I watched Part 2 a few days ago. I liked it, but I'm still not sure what I think of it when compared to Part 1. I wasn't in the best mood to watch a movie, and my mood at any given time will greatly influence how I respond to a film. I will need to watch it again.

Ghs

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