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  1. Charlottesville Unite the Right Rally Madness

    I don't know how the Egyptians built those. Perhaps they were built in the off season and the employers guaranteed the workers food from silos in case of a bad harvest. But even if I had proof that they were built by slaves, that does not mean that they are monuments celebrating slavery. It's not like everything built using free people's labor is a monument to freedom. And I don't believe any of this Moses stuff... give me sources, though I will still probably be skeptical of the sources. Moses also allegedly killed the first borns of every Egyptian, why I would believe that claims he made were anything other than fake news?
  2. Charlottesville Unite the Right Rally Madness

    Nazis are a threat to me personally because I speak out against them and can easily shatter their fragile egos. Thus they may be violent towards me. I am not going to suppress my anti-nazi feelings which makes me a potential target for them. Apparently three of them were arrested just today after a shooting: I do not believe they are a threat to gaining political power in the short term future, but the historical record is clear, their political power grew exponentially (and now again in Germany a 'far right' party has gained representation in parliament... that's more of a threat as I see it) I do not see Nazis as fitting nicely within the right-left political paradigm. I do acknowledge that Naziism had many ideas in common with modern liberals, I don't see it as relevant. I acknowledge the racist history of the democratic party, but I don't think political parties distant history is that relevant. The Republicans had a Southern Strategy that employed racism... don't get me started on the horrible Ron Paul newsletters, they really upset me, especially since I agreed with Ron Paul on so much.
  3. How to you ignore distractions when working towards achieving your goals?
  4. There Are No Shortcuts

    regi... your original post is pretty cynical. I read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (by Stephen Covey, not Franklin Covey), I thought it was pretty good. Granted I wouldn't follow the advice literally but it is useful. Same with Branden's book. Not sure what you're trying to do here.
  5. Charlottesville Unite the Right Rally Madness

    @Michael ESPN pulled a black woman for making a relative normal comment so it's hardly one sided. As for the 'Free Speech Rally', it was hardly about Free Speech.
  6. Charlottesville Unite the Right Rally Madness

    That's one interpretation of the Sphinx and pyramids. But it's not the only one. There mere existence is a testament to the endurance of human creation.
  7. Charlottesville Unite the Right Rally Madness

    I believe in moral codes and self-responsibility, but a lot of that goes away when you dedicate yourself to groups that do not respect individual rights. The Nazis are a gang, that's why they have their symbols and their hand gestures. The antifa are problematic, but they are against something that I am also against. I disagree with their tactics and I suspect many of them are socialists/communists. I do not see them as a threat to me, but Nazis are.
  8. Is having a favorite villain ethical?

    I'd say so, there are a few conditions for which.I would like a villain The villain should be confined to fiction S/he should be either: So incompetent that they are humorous or show the idiocy of their cause So tragic that they are almost a hero save for one flaw In a story whose authors morals are so backwards that they should be the hero. They have a redeeming trait which is better than the heroes (in many hollywood movies, Villians are meticulous planners and heroes are impulsive)
  9. New Slant on Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

    I've considered rereading it but I'm not sure it's worth my time. How relevant is it to the newly emerged segment of our particular instance of capitalism, the IT sector? A major difference between IT and other sectors is that once a digital product is created, reproducing it is trivial and essentially free. This is not true of the industries referred to in Atlas Shrugged.
  10. IQ

    I'm glad to see a healthy skepticism of IQ here. I've done well on IQ tests in the past. But I'm glad I didn't let that get to my head too much, here are some limitations of IQ tests: no measurement of creative abilities like writing, acting, music, art, etc limited to a particular language cultural bias (this may sound like BS but I've read that even on the allegedly bias free Ravven's matrix test based on visual patterns of symmetry, people who use the Arabic alphabet do worse than those who use the Latin alphabet... because many letters in Latin are reflections of on another but letters in Arabic are not) motivational issues (people who don't care about there scores will do worse than those who do... if you give IQ tests to black kids they might not be motivated to take them if they believe doing well on them will put them in a class where they will be the only black kid) no measurement of people skills they measure skills that people thought were relevant in the past, they don't attempt to predict which cognitive skills will be useful in the future.
  11. My emotions were wrong

    Let me guess... you are younger than 30. When you're younger, your emotions are stronger and less reliable than when you are older.
  12. An Objectivist Riddle (ontology)

    It has been a while since I read ITOE but let me give this a shot. Here's my reference: Entities emerge from our perception of them, they exist between themselves and our senses. They are made of matter but slight changes in that matter can transform them into other entities.
  13. Free Will Exists (Proof)

    This is more a proof that a believe in free will causes incoherent thinking than a proof of free will.
  14. Charlottesville Unite the Right Rally Madness

    Here some information about a counter protester who was the victim of violence (near the police department) Were any of the Nazis hurt? How can you equivocate between the two groups?
  15. Google, Indoctrination and James Damore

    Also, the first programmer was a woman. The first person to write a compiler was a woman. Computer used to be an occupation mainly performed by women. Women used to have more representation in CS then they do now.