Roger Bissell

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  1. I hate to sound like a broken record, but I have good reason to believe that POET will be published by this summer or fall. Stay tuned! REB P.S. - I would love for LP's logic course to be published, but I have absolutely no information about future publications from that corner of the movement.
  2. Well, it mattered IN THE CONTEXT OF THE 2010 QUOTE YOU OMITTED, because someone was suggesting that Tara might have been having an extramarital affair with Harry Binswanger, and I was offering second-hand information that would tend to rule out that suggestion. I have no comment one way or the other about how Tara's (unverified) sexual orientation qua "abberation" might affect her credibility or qualifications as a lecturer on psychology. In general, though, I don't see why it should. Do you? REB
  3. Nothing very ominous or subtle. It doesn't mean I have spies or informants or researchers providing me with "reports." It was just a manner of speaking. All I meant was that I *heard* unofficially that Tara Smith was a lesbian (as opposed to having authoritative, validated information), and thus that it seemed unlikely that she and Harry Binswanger were engaging in some sort of extra-marital heterosexual affair, as someone else in the discussion playfully suggested. I don't like the way you quoted me out of context, but perhaps you were just being careless or didn't think it mattered to s
  4. What was this "pitfall"? See the above-highlighted sentence.
  5. Place your fingers on a chunk of ice or a hot stove. Is your awareness of the ice or stove "brain/mind generated" or "brain/mind transmitted"? Neither, strictly speaking. It certainly can't be *transmitted* by the brain/mind. Transmitted *to what*?? And while the brain/mind is involved in the *generation* of the awareness of existence, so is existence (i.e., whatever exists that is the *object* of awareness). It is the *interaction* of the brain/mind with energy coming in from something else in the world that generates *aware
  6. She held consciousness to be awareness of something that exists independently of one's awareness - not the creation of something of which one is then aware. Existence is independent of consciousness - not dependent upon consciousness. Rand advocated the former, and she said Kant advocated the latter: Primacy of Existence vs. Primacy of Consciousness. The way I read Kant, however, is that *both* consciousness/mind and existence/reality are unknowable things-in-themselves, lurking in the "noumenal realm," and that whatever nature they have, they interact in such a way that the *product* of
  7. No, I don't think so. He had numerous friends approximately his own age or older. Quite a few of them are no longer living. As for the age differences between NB and his wives, (1) NB was 34 and his second wife Patrecia was 24 (a 10-year gap) when they began their relationship, (2) there was only a three-year gap between NB and his third wife, Devers, and (3) there was an approximately 25-year gap between NB and his fourth wife, Leigh. REB
  8. I agree. And when we look at Kant's explicitly stated purpose and goal, we find something quite different from the "all-destroyer" fountainhead of statist totalitarianism that the Randians allege him to be. Throughout his Critical Philosophy, Kant was working from what he took to be an inescapable premise—Hume’s notion of the cognitively unbridgeable gap between knowledge and true reality—but he was not a nihilist-skeptic destroyer. Instead, Kant attempted a major pushback against the deadly effects of Hume’s extreme skepticism, in order to save what for him were two crucial values of Wes
  9. Weaknews has absolutely no credibility with me - least of all, because of their "reporters." Someone who makes unfounded ranting smears about Trump's mental health, and gives hosannas to CIA officers who have led us into the botched Bay of Pigs Invasion, the totally unfounded WMD basis for invading Iraq, and the viciously lying story about Benghazi, needs to check into that institution he accused Trump of attending. Most recently, we have unnamed CIA officials making unsubstantiated allegations that the Wikileaks documents about the DNC and Hillary's campaign were obtained and/or controlled pe
  10. Michael, this guy sounds a lot like a radical leftist Democrat, both in his associations and in his lifestyle. ;-) Seriously, how could someone *this* far left-leaning just months ago have qualified as a *Republican* (Trump) elector? I suspect he was, from the very outset, a "plant," as part of a contingency plan to show "bipartisan" Electoral College opposition to Trump, if he won the Electoral Vote in November. Otherwise, it makes no freakin' sense. (Does it? Any other less paranoid explanations for this?) REB
  11. Oh, yeah - at least two. Here's this morning's Federalist essay from Robert Tracinski: "Inside Donald Trump's Secret Ayn Rand Conspiracy." Don't you just love it? ;-) http://thefederalist.com/2016/12/14/inside-donald-trumps-secret-ayn-rand-conspiracy/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=618f8a9b2e-RSS_The_Federalist_Daily_Updates_w_Transom&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-618f8a9b2e-83770993
  12. Meanwhile, here's a *real* conspiracy - or more accurately, a heavy-handed, club-footed, totally transparent tactic aimed at overturning the November election results. In other words, it's really just another desperate spasm in the very unorthodox wake for the 2016 Presidential hopes of the Democratic party. The group of 40 Electoral College members demanding a briefing on Russian "interference" in the election includes 39 Democrats and the 1 "faithless" Republican elector who already said he will not vote for Trump. Which means 40 people who don't themselves want or need the briefing. Th
  13. Oh, yeah - at least two. Here's this morning's Federalist essay from Robert Tracinski: "Inside Donald Trump's Secret Ayn Rand Conspiracy." Don't you just love it? ;-) http://thefederalist.com/2016/12/14/inside-donald-trumps-secret-ayn-rand-conspiracy/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=618f8a9b2e-RSS_The_Federalist_Daily_Updates_w_Transom&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-618f8a9b2e-83770993
  14. The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies is proud to publish the first double-issue in its 16-year history, a symposium on "Nathaniel Branden: His Work and Legacy," which is avaiable in print, electronic and Kindle formats. Check out the details about this extraordinary issue, featuring contributions from fifteen writers coming from diverse disciplines and critical perspectives: https://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/notablog/archives/002200.html
  15. The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies is proud to publish the first double-issue in its 16-year history, a symposium on "Nathaniel Branden: His Work and Legacy," which is avaiable in print, electronic and Kindle formats. Check out the details about this extraordinary issue, featuring contributions from fifteen writers coming from diverse disciplines and critical perspectives: https://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/notablog/archives/002200.html
  16. Thanks, Merlin. That sounds likely.
  17. Ed, this is all that the link would show, unless you subscribe to WSJ, which I didn't want to do at this time. Jennifer is the new CEO of The Atlas Society, right? Does this mean that TAS is dropping its atheistic stance? Is rejection of the concept of "God" no longer one of the Basic Principles of Objectivism? REB
  18. I see by this that the 2017 ARI summer conference is going to be in Pittsburgh in mid-June. http://www.cvent.com/events/objectivist-summer-conference-2017/event-summary-573d656931224ce2a4086875d0a10254.aspx Does anyone know when and where the 2017 TAS summer seminar is going to be held? Does anyone know WHETHER there is going to be a 2017 TAS summer seminar? I couldn't find anything by Googling. I also tried "Atlas Summit," which I think is what they've been calling them most recently. Ed Hudgins - any information you can share with us on this? REB
  19. No official announcement yet, but the book is in the proofs stage, so unless some unforeseen difficulty comes up, I suspect we're no more than about 2-3 months away from publication. In other words, sometime this winter it will probably be available. Stay tuned! :-) REB
  20. That special issue will be published and available in just a few short weeks - sometime in December. It will be a double issue of the Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, and it will also be available in Kindle format. Further details and ordering information will be posted soon. Stay tuned! REB
  21. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/24/word-about-polling.html
  22. Dennis, It happens to me sometimes. I'm over 60. And I ain't no TV star, I can tell ya'. I do catch myself, though. Lots of woo-woo discipline. But the Lizard Brain likes to go out for a walk, believe me. And if you're not looking, it goes out on its own. How bad the urge gets depends on how full of testosterone ole LB is at the time. Michael Michael, if I wanted to vote for a Lizard Brain, I'd vote for Hillary. Also, I think being "egged on" by women is the least of DJT's problems. So far, none of that seems to be a campaign issue. I think it
  23. Not sure that refers to me, nor how it could. But here's something I posted a while ago today on Facebook... Roger Bissell shared Judge Andrew Napolitano's post. 8 hrs · This [SEE BELOW] is horrible and anti-American and ought to disqualify HRC and put her behind bars. But it won't, of course. The wagons have been circled. No