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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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Law of Idenity is A is A. Sorry about football game. It is quoted in the last chapter of Atlas when your name-sake is getting ready to teach philosphy.

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A=A? Wow, how could I miss that one. Well, I guess due to my geometry class I now know it as the reflexive property.

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No wonder you're considered weird. You're listening in class.

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Ya, that and I write five page essays on the psychology of my football team and contribute on two forums (this and my history forum).

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Achaya (carly), 15, Oregon.

Getting a crash course in objectivism from Jeff.

Welcome Achaya! So your new to Objectivism? Well, I remember my first time. LOL. Anyway, I don't know what you know or have read, but here are a few Objectivist Highlights. Ayn Rand created a philosophical system in the 20th century that blazes a path into the future. Here are just a few - and just a few - high points.

Ayn Rand's philosophical system has five parts:

1. Where do you start? Reality

2. How do you know anything? Valid Knowledge

3. How do you make the right choices in life? Ethics

4. How do you know what kind of social system is best? Capitalism

5. what good is art to you? What is art?

If you have not read Ayn Rand, but are curious to know more about her art and philosophy, it is suggested to first read her fiction. Namely, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. [My fave is The Fountainhead].

If non-fiction is your thing, it is suggested that you read “The Virtue of Selfishness”---especially the opening essay ‘The Objectivist ethics’ and “Man’s rights.” From there you can move on to ‘Philosophy: who needs it.’ The answer is: YOU DO.

For a presentation of Ayn Rand’s groundbreaking theory of concepts, with emphasis on the relationship of abstractions to concretes, her “Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology is a must read.

If politics is of interest, there is “Capitalism: The Unknown Idea.” This excellent book includes “What is capitalism?” and “The anatomy of Compromise.”

Leonard Peikoff’s “Objectivism: The philosophy of Ayn Rand” is a complete and through presentation of the Objectivist philosophy --although you will find many critics here regarding this last work.

At a sales conference preceding the publication of Atlas Shrugged, one of the salesmen asked Miss Rand whether she could present the essence of philosophy while standing on one foot. She did:

1. Metaphysics: Objective reality.

2. Epistemology: Reason

3. Ethics: Self-interest

4. Politics: Capitalism

:cool:

Talk to ya!

Victor

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I think Inky packed up and moved out of her room.

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My name is Jehni. I live in Missouri. I really shouldn't be here because I'm 20... But less than 6 months ago I was 19 so I still think of myself as a teen! :shifty:

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My name is Jehni. I live in Missouri. I really shouldn't be here because I'm 20... But less than 6 months ago I was 19 so I still think of myself as a teen! :shifty:

Jehni, we need you with the grownups! You know the place--where we tear each other to pieces! :cry:

--Brant

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Jehni; I want you to post a lot. Why do you ask? Because we will get to see your picture. WOW! WOW! WOW! Thank you. Chris

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Jehni; I want you to post a lot. Why do you ask? Because we will get to see your picture. WOW! WOW! WOW! Thank you. Chris

Thank you, Chris. :)

You're so sweet! :heart:

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Jehni,

I haven't welcomed you to OL yet. Let me make it a warm one.

You are a sparkling pretty presence. It is a pleasure to have you aboard.

Michael

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Jenhi; Thanks for your reply.

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I have the feeling Kori and Jeff are busy with school. Is that true of the rest of you?

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Hey guys,

I'm Julian from New Jersey. I go to a pre-med oriented high school, and I want to be a plastic surgeon.

I first read Rand sophomore year. I'm a junior now.

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Kori; Have you been alright?

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I'm feeling better now that it is Spring. Got to Cato yesterday. We'll go again today and tomorrow.

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Great to hear, Chris. I definitely am feeling better now that it is Spring, too! I always forget how awesome flowers and fresh-cut grass are. It's the kind of weather that makes ya wanna clean out your filthy car. I mean, when I'm cruisin' with the windows down I don't want all my McD's bags flying around whappin' me in the face. :P

Hope you have a wonderful time at Cato. :)

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Great to hear, Chris. I definitely am feeling better now that it is Spring, too! I always forget how awesome flowers and fresh-cut grass are. It's the kind of weather that makes ya wanna clean out your filthy car. I mean, when I'm cruisin' with the windows down I don't want all my McD's bags flying around whappin' me in the face. :P

Hope you have a wonderful time at Cato. :)

Yesterday was good too.

Gov Sanford was very good. The question period was good too. Worth catching on-line.

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Howdy, Julian. :D You have a themed high-school? How does that work? Is it private?

Hi Kori,

Haha, I never thought of it that way. It's public, but I had to test to get in. It's pretty cool. Every year we do different dissections. We watch live surgeries via distance learning. Last year we did hospital rotations and next year we get to intern in a medical profession of our choice. Our curriculum is also more science-oriented, although we get the regular humanities classes.

This is not an endorsement of public schools though. :angel: It's definitely an improvement (I don't think I could have survived at a regular high school), but it is still frustrating at times.

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Julian; Maybe I missed it but what year are you? Your high school sounds interesting and impressive.

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