Jerry Biggers

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  1. A few observations on Anne C. Heller. I have had some occasion to see her at three of the Atlas Society's summer conferences, and one sponsored at the CATO Insitiute in Washington, D.C. (with which she shared the podium with Jennifer Burns, author of Goddess of the Market, which was published around the same time) including some opportunity to ask her questions after several of her "presentations" (which in every instance, she deferred to just take Q&A from the attendees). One of these, held in Alexandria, I also had an extended conversation with her, along with several other conference a
  2. I do not think that there is any evidence of anything more than a rudimentary language among the Neanderthals, nothing written down (cave paintings are not conducive to presenting Objectivist epistemology and Ayn would have to drag Michelle Marder-Kamhi though the time-warp to help them "get" Objectivivist esthetics). She would have a much better chance with their competitors, the Cro-Magnons, who were essentially homo sapiens. Besides, they exterminated the Neanderthals, although maybe breeding with a few (really ugly offspring!)..
  3. She gathers a group of adoring Neanderthals to sit at her feet and gush as she reads from the latest chapter of her unpublished novel, Prometheus Laughed. The most servile of the flatterers she takes as her bedmate. Yeah, but what about the skinny little runt scheming to be her favored?
  4. I have mentioned the Landmark Education seminars as being helpful for folks. One aspect that is fundamental to "transforming," [seems to be the new "ok" word of today's culture] is to place the past where it always has been...the past. Not a single one of us can change one event that happened yesterday let alone 47 years ago. A... Obviously you're not an historian. --John Brant Ah Churchill... I would prefer being a historian that did history not "changing" it to fit an agenda. Some would call it being an honest historian... A,,, Speak of the devil.....Some rational Objectivist wandered over o
  5. Yeah, yeah! You guys up in Canada don't have to worry about "Evita" - but we do! Sure, you have your own problems,....wanna trade??
  6. Selene, re the mirror graphic - hilarious - and accurate! I hope that one day, Nathaniel's birthday will be an occasion to recognize and honor his very significant contributions both to psychology and to Objectivism as a philosophy. Additionally, his contributions (primarily through speeches and oral presentations at conferences) to efforts to reconcile the differences between libertarianism and Objectivism, as a movement.(as contrasted to the substantial philosophical differences between the two). Unfortunately, there still are occasional references in online forums and in social groups (i
  7. Does every Objectivist know this, or am I just cynical, cantankerous, (fill-in-the-blank)? Know "what?" Know that no "pure" Objectivist could be elected to any important state or national office. Certainly NOT for President. Any association with Ayn Rand is and will continue to be for a very long time, the "kiss of death" for any candidate. Even if he or she presents the philosophy clearly (as against the MSM caricature, which seems to have a lock-hold on describing Ayn Rand), it will not substatntially change the degree or amount of negative reaction by the public and particularly the MSM
  8. But I thought Marx was President!
  9. To say that David Kelley does not have a rep as a "dynamic" speaker and is "soft-spoken" (desirable in certain academic or personal conversational situations, but not as a program moderator) ) is a gross understatement. At the Branden Memorial Service, on at least one and possibly more occasions, he forgot to introduce the next speaker! The producer, Duncan Scott, certainly knows this. I happen to regard him as an Objectivist hero, but in this case, his streaming of the program was a disaster. Not only in sound quality, but in the streaming where many commercials where inserted during the pro
  10. Unable to attend the Memorial program in Los Angeles, I took advantage of the "streaming" online version. I don't know how the acoustics were in the hall, but on streaming it was abysmal. David Kelley was at times inaudible, and speaking just right - if you were standing right next to him!. Some of the speakers were not announced. One presenter, (couldn't get his name,...a Judge something) tried to play a portion of Nathaniel's lecture on Ayn Rand and Romantic Love, but instead of using a recorded version on CD or tape, he attempted to play the excerpt by sticking his wife's iPhone next to th
  11. I received a post from Roger Bissell today, indicating that the event will also be streamed, Sunday, Feb. 22, at 4:30 PM, EST (1:30 PM, Pacific time): see below, including the streaming link Posted Today, 08:36 AM I received this yesterday from Leigh Branden: A friend, Duncan Scott, who will be video taping the service, has found a way to stream it in real time. If you would like to join us remotely, please use this link. No worries if you cannot join us this Sunday, Feb. 22, as we will provide a link to the video of the service some days later. http://tinyurl.com/B...enMemorial-Live M
  12. Roger, Great! I wll tune-in to the streaming event! Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, 1:30 PM Pacific time is 4:30 PM, Eastern (EST)
  13. Well, George, Happy Birthday! I see that you are only 65. And you have your whole life ahead of you...and a good thing, too, seeing as how now it's up to you. Barbara's gone. Nathan's gone. Hitch is gone, many other greats. "The last man standing",...still churning out those essays as if you're in your 20s. A veritable "Saint George," slaying the dragons of collectivism - political and religious. Well, anyway - enjoy your birthday!
  14. Kyrel Zantonavitch has suggested that TAS video record this event. A significant number that might have wanted to attend, but will be unable due to time and distance constraints, would be interested in at least seeing the event on video. Although it was planned to only be an afternoon event, I have heard that it may be expanded. Regarding the video request, anyone interested might want to send a note to The Atlas Society. By the way, attendance was listed as limited. Anyone interested should go to the Eventbrite link and register, a.s.a.p.!
  15. Good point! A significant number that might have wanted to attend, but will be unable due to time and distance constraints, would be interested in at least seeing the event on video. Although it was planned to only be an afternoon event, I have heard that it may be expanded. Regarding your video request, you (and anyone else interested) might want to send a note to The Atlas Society. By the way, attendance was listed as limited. Anyone interested should go to the Eventbrite link and register, a.s.a.p.!
  16. The Atlas Society is sponsoring a Memorial Event for Nathaniel Branden, in Los Angeles, Feb. 22. Below is a partial screen capture of the details of the event. If interested, you must register as soon as possible. See the direct link to the "Eventbrite" announcement in my post in the "Nathaniel Branden" section. Please join us for a memorial gathering to honor Nathaniel Branden and celebrate his life and achievements, sponsored by The Atlas Society, John and Danis Fickewirth, and Nathaniel's family. The gathering will be a cocktail-style reception, with brief remembrances by those who knew
  17. Partial screen capture of the narrative describing the Nathaniel Branden Memorial event, Feb. 22, Los Angeles. To register or for more information, click on the Eventbrite link in my post, above. Please join us for a memorial gathering to honor Nathaniel Branden and celebrate his life and achievements, sponsored by The Atlas Society, John and Danis Fickewirth, and Nathaniel's family. The gathering will be a cocktail-style reception, with brief remembrances by those who knew Nathaniel and his work, with memorabilia from his long and productive life. Refreshments will be served. Nathaniel wa
  18. The following announcement was posted on Facebook. If you plan to attend, click on the eventbrite link to register. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-memory-of-nathaniel-branden-registration-15431319492?aff=es2&rank=1
  19. Remember that L.A. Times obit photo of Branden? Watch this interview closely. After the first 10 to 15 minutes, Branden apparently realizes that the interviewer, Brian Lamb, is not hostile and is not shooting loaded-questions at him. He becomes more animated and loquacious. From about 22 minutes in, to around 32 minutes (If I have the times right), he is breaking into smiles after practically every answer that he gives. NONE look even remotely like the rather bizarre photo of him used in his obituary by the L.A. Times, and reprinted worldwide in other media. So is the L.A. Times photo real,
  20. Here is a link to a truly excellent op-ed by Debbi Ghate (of the Ayn Rand Insitute), on the real meaning of Thanksgiving, published in (of all places!?) in The Christian Science Monitor (online) in 2009, http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2009/1125/p09s01-coop.html.
  21. Earlier, this afternoon, CNN featured a piece about Bill Cosby "pleading" that a recent interview that he gave, not be aired, with the unstated implication that he had maybe admitted to something regarding the alleged rape charges. Well, when they aired this segment, it turned out that Cosby did not really admit to anything regarding the charges. Rather when the interview had ended and he thought that they were no longer recording, he asked the interviewer not to show that piece. The interviewer responded that he (Cosby) had not said anything that could be constued as an admission. Cosby repli
  22. To paraphrase a remark by Mark Twain, rumors of Peikoff's departure from this earthly plain are greatly exagerrated. Despite occasional comments here that Peikoff is old, half-blind, and frail, he did a rather lively sequence as the piano player in a jazz combo during evening festivities at OCON2014. He just recently published his opus,The DIM Hypothesis, and even if one does not buy into his analysis and classification schemes of historical trends, it did not appear to be the product of a failing mind. (I did not find some of his views convincing, but that is another matter). At any rate, Le
  23. If Evita still hates the press/media, that does not mean that she will not run. Unless she gets clobbered again in Iowa (courtesy of Oprah's whirlwind campaign blitz into Iowa to promote Obama - after which the MSM wolves smelled blood and swarmed in to finish her off), she most likely will run. If she does not make a disastrous gaffe in subsequent primaries, and she can keep Bill off Viagra, she'll likely win the Democratic nomination.
  24. Nerian, I have a suggestion, read Neil Parille's set of articles, entitled The Passion of James Valliant's Criticism (as suggested by Neil in post #33, with direct links to the articles in Michael's post #35). And, for that matter, the other articles, reviews and commentaries in the PARC thread. Then, give us your conclusions in a new thread, an appropriate title might be, "I read James Valliant's The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics - and I am suspicious as hell!" (I'm just sayin'.....) Anyway, don't get too wrapped-up in this "Grand Inquisitor" scenario
  25. Norian, You appear to think that Barbara Branden's bio on Rand was too harsh at certain points. In particular you doubt her accounts of Rand's less than hospitable treatment of certain people, her condemning those around her who did not agree with her tastes in music, art, etc. If you doubt Barbara's account, and think that she exaggerated Rand's social failings, then you really do need to read the other two bios on Rand by Anne C. Heller and Jennifer Burns. Because If their accounts are accurate, then Barbara's portrait of Rand was if anything, too sympathetic and laudatory; not the other way