Roger Bissell

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  1. Certainly gratifying to know that the Estate is being cared for so lovingly. Reminds me of Cousin Leonard's selfless devotion. My understanding is that the royalties are going to be devoted to distributing free copies, such as to libraries. Nobody is getting rich off this, that's for sure! So, yes, lovingly - as in, labor of love. REB
  2. Amazon says I can have it by Thursday. I hate to ask, but is there an index? And was it proofed against the pagination? I, for one, really appreciate that you (and whoever else was involved) have made this available. Nathaniel's Vision of Ayn Rand too. Hey man - I hate to tell you, but there is no index, sorry. However, the good news is that there's no pagination either! (Just joking.) And I'm glad that Amazon seems to have stepped
  3. The print version of POET is now available! You can order from CreateSpace (link below) or from Amazon, but the Estate gets a better royalty (same list price of $14.99) from CreateSpace, so please order from there, if you would. Thanks! Oh, and by the way, the print version of POET will not be available from for 3-5 business days - but is available NOW from the CreateSpace e-store (the above link). Enjoy, y'all! :-) REB
  4. Three comments - take your pick over which to distort or misrepresent: 1. Aristotle and Plato held up the development of real physical science between 1000 and 2000 years. Isn't that an awfully wide range of values? Is Heisenberg screwing with us again? 2. Aristotle and Plato defined the laws of logic, including the law of identity, which some claim to not be able to find in Aristotle or Plato. This held up the development of science? This sounds more like a Sophist argument. 3. Only 1/4 of Aristotle's works survived to the Renaissance and the Modern Era. Would "real physical
  5. Hmmm, this sounds like a (proposed?) Law of Conservation of Existence! REB
  6. I liked your first two sentences. The second two don't make any contemporary sense. Charles Lindbergh led the "America First" campaign, trying to keep the U.S. out of the European War, and was smeared as a Nazi sympathizer once Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. It was all the rage to think of ways to be patriotic, once we entered the war, and Uncle Miltie's withholding gimmick was one. We were promised they were temporary, but obviously they were too juicy to give up, once the war was over. Trump is trumpeting his ersatz brand of economically ignorant "patriotism" as "America First," and
  7. Uh-huh, yup, you betcha. Sure, Aristotle talked about Unmoved Mover, though he didn't call it "First Cause." That was added in the Middle Ages by our Scholastic pals. And it was added by our ARI pal, Leonard Peikoff, to refer to the function of free will in human consciousness. Aristotle's four causes were Efficient, Formal, Material, and Final. The end or final cause or TELOS (one e) of any action is not inherently evil any more than the instigator or efficient cause of that action is inherently evil. If Aristotle *had* thought of the Unmoved Mover as a cause, it would have be
  8. Aren't "temporary wartime expedients" wonderful? My favorite is the federal income tax withholding, which was invented by Milton Friedman as a way to help the federal government jump-start the financing of our participation in World War 2. If Trump's not careful, he's going to wind up making "America First" as unpopular as it was back in the 1940s. Trump = the new Charles Lindbergh?
  9. Aristotle's four causes were Efficient, Formal, Material, and Final. First cause refers to religious notions such as God as First Cause of the universe or free will as First Cause within human consciousness. REB
  10. Here's something else that Ayn Rand - and apparently other people closer at hand - did not know:
  11. For those who need a little help in understanding the title of my book, it comes from one of the chapters, which is a fanciful tale of an imaginary meeting between Albert Einstein and beings from the Red Planet. And just to be clear, "discovered" in the title is intended in the sense of "found out about" or "learned about" (not "invented" or "were the first to develop"). So, contrary to the apparent misapprehension of one over-wrought commentator here, I was not trying to rewrite the history of mathematics and deny credit to the Arabs or whomever! Mainly, I just thought that might ma
  12. Couldn't agree with you more, BC. And the next time you want to condescendingly, sneeringly put down my announcements about my work, at least give a passing nod to objectivity by actually quoting me instead of putting words in my mouth I didn't say. :-P REB
  13. It's in print! Available here: "How the Martians Discovered Algebra" by Roger E Bissell This exploration of induction and philosophy of mathematics is presented as a look "under the hood" at the process of mathematical theorizing, a detailed view of how the process of induction actually works. It also p
  14. The cover file and "internal" file of POET have been submitted for review by Amazon CreateSpace. Once the files have been approved, we'll probably order a "proof" copy, and then about a week later, if that looks good, we'll push the button to publish! So, stay tuned for an announcement around July 20 that POET is available for purchase in print form! REB
  15. I finished the cover design for the paperback edition of POET yesterday and got a go-ahead from one of the two people whose approval counts on the design. So, we may actually get this done sometime in July. Stay tuned! REB
  16. I finished formatting the print book this evening. Now I need to make a front-back-spine design for the cover, and then we're ready to upload to (Amazon) CreateSpace. Because of personal schedules, it may take another two weeks to get this finished, but I figure by mid-July the paperback version will be available. Meanwhile, the Kindles are selling like hotcakes! REB
  17. Hey, folks, Barbara Branden’s legendary lecture series, Principles of Efficient Thinking, is now available for purchase as a Kindle e-book! Here are details and ordering information. We are hard at work, preparing the print version of the book for publication on Amazon’s “CreateSpace,” and we anticipate it will be available by late June or early July.
  18. I know nothing about this process, sorry. Send them an email.
  19. $22 per individual issue $35 per year (two issues) - print or online $46 per year (two issues) - print & online
  20. JARS: New July 2017 Issue Arrives! After The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies published its blockbuster 2016 double issue, "Nathaniel Branden: His Work and Legacy" (getting a few reviews along the way), JARS returns to its biannual format with a brand new issue. The print version of the July 2017 issue will be on its way to subscribers in the coming weeks, and will be published electronically by JSTOR and Project Muse as well. It features essays from a wide variety of perspectives, along with reviews of books on timely topics and continuing discussions of key issues in Rand studies.
  21. The July 2017 issue of Journal of Ayn Rand Studies is now available!