A cunning lead in to what is actually quite old, my first online clang! on Objectivish subjects, in which I compare Atlas Shrugged to Battlefield Earth [from freedomofmind, at yahoogroups, post number 23918, posted Wed Jun 8, 2005 -- I think I may have killed the thread. Note that Monica Pignotti is known as an apostate of two totalistic systems, The Callahan Technique and Scientology, and is a recent convert to a healthy, normal skepticism, though still touchy it seems on the subject of Rand]
I noted, rather stupidly it turns out, in a thread called Shyness at Objectivism Online, that "evidence-based" psycholtherapy, such as CBT, DBT etc, was a testament to some of Rand's prescience (i.e., her insistence that the emotive-rational hinge was key to mental strength and moral compass).
In the back of my mind (on the old grey chesterfield with the aging fellow who does my research, watching Trailer Park Boys and eating Cheetos) was the voice saying, "Who was that guy that kinda agreed w
With a comment Jeff Kremer about stakeholder theory. Stakeholder theory is based on democracy. Objectivists don't believe in democracy. The United States is not a democracy. The United States is a constitutional republic.
Democracy is unlimited majority rule. If you get half the voters to support an idea that idea can be carried out To put the idea in its starkest forum if 50% + 1 had expected Hitlers idea of killing the Jews it would have alright. In the United States you still need
Everybody is back from the off day.
David Kelley is giving his advanced Ethics course. One of first points is that Rand's divides theories of Ethics in three. The Objective vs. subjective and intrinsic. The Objective is the correct one.
The next lecture was by Robert Bidinotto on "Is There an Objectivist Sense of Life?" Bidinotto makes the point that one can come to different conclusions about works of art and still be using the correct method in analyzing them. He cited as an exa
Only one lecture today. William Kline finished on Business Ethics. Kline said that a sound theory based upon the Objectivist ethics would resolve almost all business ethics problems.
Rest of the day tried to sleep. Went to the library at Towson. Day off is great idea.
William Kline continued on Business Ethics by talking about stakeholder theory. He discussed Milton Friedman's statement about business only having a responsibility to turn a profit.
Kline discussed property rights theories and utility maximization. He made the point that these two theories may lead to conflicts.
I then attended Dave Mayer's on Judicial Activism. This was a great lecture. Dave Mayer always gives a good talk. I wish he would fly and attend those on the West Coast.
I will try and fill in some of my previous posting about Summer Seminar 18.
David Saum and I got to Towson about 5pm. We checked in and meet some of the other arrivals. I have a theory that the first people you meet at an event suggest how the event will go for the week. The frist people I meet were all great.
I then went to the barbecue and meet more great people. There seemed to be a great ethnic diversity than previous Seminars.
The next day the conference proper began. Th
Has at it here in a post taken from the http://www.peikoff.com/ site, front page, in response to a question about Ayn Rand and smoking. I will search diligently to find out what the heck this snippet means.
Q: If Ayn Rand were still alive, would she smoke?
A: No. As a matter of fact, she stopped smoking in 1975. When the Surgeon General in the 50s claimed that smoking was dangerous, he offered nothing to defend this view but statistical correlations. Ayn Rand, of course, dismissed any allege
When I weighed in at my weekly Weight Watchers meeting yesterday, I found that I had lost 4.4 pounds. Woooooohoooooo!!! That was a huge amount for me to lose in one week. I felt I was down for the week, but didn't think it added up to that much. After all, I had eaten at Chili's Saturday. (BTW - I just found out their chicken cobb salad has 28 points!! That's twice as much as my naughty little margarita chicken. Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing.)
Generally, I have been taking of less than a
Oh, who am I kidding? I will restrain comment on this fascinating bit of self-promotion by Diana Mertz Hsieh on Objectivism Online:
By Diana from NoodleFood,cross-posted by MetaBlog
Source: On Ashland University - Objectivism Online Forum
Address : <http://forum.objectivismonline.net/index.p...ic=9972&hl=>
Over on our sister site, I had occasion to pull the nose of Catholic Thinker Bill Tingley. I have prepared an MP3 of that screed, and hope it gives value to my fans.
"Bill Tingley and The Catholics Vs Them, They and the Other"
Original post here, with the fatuous, unfocussed and demented comments of the Glorious following its appearan ce.
Dayaamm! I took a little vacation over the 4th of July holiday and gained 1.4 pounds over the last two weeks. I went to Hollywood and ate at the world famous Mel's Diner and some other places that were not so good for my diet. Where is an Applebee's Weight Watchers menu when you need one? Traveling is such a challenge because you are eating out every meal. I slipped this time but I just have to get back with the program.
This will be my last posting for the next week.
I will be at the Atlas Society Summer Seminar next week. My schedule if full and I don't know if I will have any inter-net access. I will report about the conference when I get back.
There are only two holidays mentioned in Atlas Shrugged. One is Thanksgiving and the other is the one we celebrated today.
While I hope everybody has a lot of fun. Let us not forget the men and women who as thinkers, and fighters gave us this great country.
I am going to reread the Declaration of Independence today. It is always worth reading on the 4th of July.
What a marvel.
He writes on lots of topics. He loves reason. He is one of the best writers around.
I recently finished his "God is not Great". I was already an atheist but I found great arguments well offered.
I am pleased to see that this book is a bestseller. I hope lots more people read it.
July the 7th is Robert Heinlein is 100th birthday.
I have to confess I have not read as much as I should of him.
His book "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" gave TNSTAAFL. There's no such thing as a free lunch. His screenplay for the movie "Destination Moon" inspired thousand of people who participated in Apollo.
He was also an American patriot. Its not a bad record and should be honored.
Read some of his books instead of watching Al Gore's concerts.
Michael and I are off vacationing in LA for a few days. It is really nice out here and the weather is great. We've been visiting with my brother and Barbara, and it has been quite enjoyable. My brother took me on a very scenic ride to the ocean, Venice, Santa Monica and through Topanga canyon, which is absolutely gorgeous. We also went over to Hollywood and checked out the sights.
We had a rough start coming out here. We had a stopover in Las Vegas where I won sixty big ones on video poke
Beverly Sills died yesterday July 2nd. I had heard she was ill but it was still sad news.
She was the anti-diva. She wasn't Italian. She wasn't fierier. She was American. Her nickname was "Bubbles".
I must confess I don't know as much of her body of work as other opera singers. She had many things to be admired for. There is one thing I'm sure of. She will be missed.
While I am a regular commentator on OL I have decided that I will also post reviews of books I am currently reading.
I also hope to look at TV shows and movies I enjoy and are of some value to other Objectivists
I will occasionally post these comments on OL proper but this blog will be the main place for them.
If you have disagreements with me you can contact me through OL. I welcome all comments and suggestions. I think this will be fun.
[Will re-post as audio file][removed from 'Objectivist Living Forum > Outer Limits > Rants > Exposed!']Hear hear. I'm with two zones, here. In the red zone is where you don't go, you don't cross some fuzzy humanist line into gratuitousness, schadenfreude, invective for invective sake, snuffling in other people't crotches. In the red zone is my hope that Angie and Victor prosper in love, however they met, and however the spectacle (which I basically ignored, all 670 I-luvs-you-too-booboo