Dennis Hardin

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  1. There’s a joke in there somewhere about top heavy ice skaters, but I’m too busy shopping for pom-poms and foam fingers to figure it out.
  2. Wendy’s response: Oh really. She was speaking in the past tense, huh. Sure. That’s why she said “I deeply doubt (present tense) the slant of the facts,” and then attributed her present doubt to the steadfast refusal of the tale-tellers to take responsibility for their role in the madness. Now she says she gives them a “nod of respect” for having taken responsibility. I give her a shrug of contempt for voicing a lot of stupid, irresponsible opinions without bothering to check sources that have been available for two decades.
  3. My comment posted in support of Ninth Doctor's (on the Wendy McElroy essay at the Laissez Faire Books site): now "awaiting moderation"
  4. Looks like the wingmen are producing--especially Dustin Penner. Kings win, 3-0. Meanwhile, Angelenos suffer a collective panic attack. OMG! A massive identity crisis looms. Aren't we supposed to be thinking about next year by now? Then again, the Kings never had the awesome wind chills of the Great White North at their backs before.
  5. Thanks very much for all of your thoughts on this topic. The more I think about this, the more I realize how crucial this “sixth branch” really is. In fact, I’m wondering if a lack of focused attention to these “middle floors” in the Objectivist philosophical superstructure may help to explain much of the rampant confusion about Objectivism, particularly among those who think that the upper floors can somehow stand alone. I’ll have more to say about this. For now, I just want to add these additional quotes from OPAR. They are all from Chapter Six: Man.
  6. Michael, In all seriousness, there’s a perfectly logical explanation for your mistaken Ellis’ recollection: false memory syndrome. Top Ten Mysteries of the Mind It’s not all that uncommon. Some dreams are so vivid that, years later, you swear the experience was real. The older we get, the more likely it is that we will have false memories. In fact, sometimes I wonder if my menage-a-trois with Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry is really a false memory. (I really hope not.) It all goes to show you that Kant was right. So-called “reality” is just a big fat delusion.
  7. Michael, I checked my copy of Is Objectivism A Religion?--published in 1968--and this is exactly how it reads on pp. 297-298: Try to get some rest, anyway.
  8. NOTE: I originally posted this in the ARI Corner on the Understanding Objectivism thread, but it got buried beneath one of those gossipy Randesque “reality show” threads. So I’m re-posting it here, because I know everyone will agree with me about how vitally important and significant this topic is. (Yeah, right.) Well, okay, maybe someone will agree with me about how vitally important and significant this topic is. Anyway, here’s what I posted before: Peikoff makes clear that this is not metaethics. This intermediate branch introduces and elaborates two basic principles: Reason as man’s me
  9. Michael, I happen to have an original copy of Ellis' vile screed in my library and will check it later when I get home. (No telling what time that will be. It's Friday, ya know. The road home tends to meander a bit more on Fridays.) If it turns out that you're completely delusional, I'll be sure to let you know.
  10. Take heart, Carol. You are joining a noble and historic cause. St. Louis will soon change its nickname to the Black & Blues. Seventeen years later, we shall take our revenge for stealing our beloved Rams. We will show no mercy. They will rue the day. So Saturday's the day. I shall wave pompoms for LA with a whole heart, since our latest OL visitor from Missouri did not make a good impression on me. Folks often display their worst side when faced with imminent doom. The Kings won 3 out of 4 of the regular season.match-ups. Local paper says the wingers must produce. I'll second that
  11. From a gallery of photos posted on the ASP2 website Dagny in her Tesla On the set: (Left to right) Nathaniel Branden, David Kelley, Duncan Scott, unknown, John Aglialoro
  12. Michael-- Here is a link to a prior post by Peter Reidy explaining this incident.
  13. BTW, the above quote is found on page 158 in the chapter on “The Hierarchy of Objectivism.” Incidentally, the discussion related to the philosophical hierarchy is one of the most fascinating topics in the book. One interesting aspect of the hierarchy is how it underscores three separate (but related) aspects of reason. Reason shows up in three separate branches: (1) epistemology (“reason as man’s only means of knowledge”); (2) the metaphysical nature of man (“reason as man’s means of survival”), and (3) ethics (“rationality as the primary virtue”).
  14. My understanding of Objectivism has always incorporated the five traditional branches of philosophy—metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politics and esthetics. Have you ever noticed that, in OPAR, Peikoff does not go directly from the last topic on epistemology to the subject of ethics? Chapters 2 through 5 all deal with epistemology (sense perception & volition, concept-formation, objectivity and reason). But the discussion of ethics begins, not with Chapter 6, but with Chapter 7 (The Good). Chapter 6 is on Man. In Understanding Objectivism, Peikoff clarifies what appears to be an Obj
  15. Michael, Stalin found Siberian labor camps to be a helpful educational resource for correcting misinterpretations of Soviet history. Their position on limited government has been a real handicap for the Objectivist hierarchy. It occurs to me that branding all dissidents as irreconcilably evil hasn’t proven to be nearly as effective.
  16. Carol--Harriman and McCaskey disagreed about some complex issues related to the Objectivist philosophy of science. The bone-headed skepticism of Karl Popper is neither complex nor controversial as far as Objectivism is concerned.
  17. Why would you want to apply the falsifiability nonsense of a skeptical modernist fool like Karl Popper to Objectivism? Popper rejected empirical induction as a scientific method and argued that all human knowledge is irreducibly conjectural. He denied that anything could ever be proven and upheld a totally irrational view of what qualifies as “truth.” You cannot get farther away from Objectivism than the “theories” of Karl Popper. You might argue that happiness would invariably be part of one’s rational self-interest, but prosperity and material success are concrete values that a self-int
  18. Carol, You’re speaking of Lon Chaney, Sr, of course, the silent film actor. (His son, Lon Chaney, Jr., was equally famous for his Wolf Man roles.) Chaney the Senior was most famous for his role as "The Phantom of the Opera"—probably the most famous (and maybe the scariest) silent film of all time. When I moved to Los Angeles in 1971, my first job was as a security guard at Universal Studios. On week-ends, I went on hourly tours of the various sound stages to insure all was well. I always looked forward to visiting stage 28 where much of the original "Phantom of the Opera" film set was stil
  19. Take heart, Carol. You are joining a noble and historic cause. St. Louis will soon change its nickname to the Black & Blues. Seventeen years later, we shall take our revenge for stealing our beloved Rams. We will show no mercy. They will rue the day.
  20. This thread was started in June, 2010, by Mary Lee Harsha. It was inspired by a recorded lecture series on the “Visibility Principle” by Ellen Kenner. Harsha asked whether Kenner had acknowledged any debt to the ortho-Objectivist incarnation of Mephistopheles, Nathaniel Branden, for the origination and development of this psychological principle. Based on Kenner’s affiliation with orthodox Objectivism, several people, myself included, were highly skeptical about that. No one had heard Kenner's lecture course, so Harsha's question went unanswered. At the time, Kenner’s book, The Selfish Pat
  21. I've heard that too, Carol, and in Today's Movie Gossip issue it says he got the part. See also post # 54 where DH himself confirms it. Good choice. [i think it's time for me to put up a 'banter' sign in case new members should wonder what the hell we are talking about here ... ] I only agreed to do it on the condition that the script would be redone to include a hot love scene between Dr. Ferris and Lillian. This will highight the contrast between Francisco--the pretender--and the true Don Juan "playboy," Ferris. I thought this was important from the perspective of plot development and phi
  22. It was a cinch, Daunce. At the audition, all I had to do was read one line. "We're after power and we mean it, Mr. Rearden." I smiled, doing my best Joe Biden impersonation. They hired me on the spot.
  23. On the Set of Atlas Shrugged Part II A reason.com report on the movie now shooting around the Los Angeles area.
  24. Dennis got himself all balled up in his discussion of the NIOF principle and its relationship to rights (in Rands approach). For example, he pointed out that the NIOF principle is not included in Rand's definition of a "right." This is true but irrelevant. The initiation of force is the method by which rights are violated, according to Rand, and it would be senseless to include the method of violation in the definition of a "right." What Rand did do was to incorporate the notion of "freedom of action" in her definition of rights. She then said that rights define man's freedom of action in a so
  25. The status of the movie has now been officially changed to "filming." IMDB "Lights! Camera! Wait! Where the hell is Lillian? Somebody go knock on her trailer door and tell her and Gaede to knock it off! We've got a world to save!"