Aaron

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    Aaron Bilger
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    Objectivist and custom hardware and software engineering design consultant, I live in Atlanta, GA. Periodically I become more frustrated by/interested in the effects of philosophy in the real world, such as the 'New New Deal' now being fed to America.

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    computers, physical sciences, economics, politics, ethics, psychology
  1. MSK- I'm thankful you have created and maintained an active Objectivist forum, complete with 'Events and Happenings' area. This seemed a perfect place to announce ATLOSCon. I tend to avoid spending time or focus on most Oist personal or philosophical conflicts or schisms, and as a result am generally unaware of them. When I posted I did not know of such a conflict concerning Diana Hsieh or other speakers vs yourself or Objectivist Living. Looking for 'False Friends of Objectivism' now, I find the page http://www.dianahsieh.com/ff/. It does not appear to name you or OL, though regardless, I
  2. Phil- Thanks for sharing that, and for your graciousness and attitude. It makes me hope to meet you more, maybe at a future ATLOSCon or other conference. Chris- Thanks for the positive comments on lodging and under-25 discount. I'm sorry the speaker line-up will keep you a way this year, but hope you will still consider coming in the future.
  3. I just noticed that you are considering coming with Phil, so just wanted to say that whatever your concerns with certain speaker(s) you are definitely welcome to come, and I'd like to meet y'all.
  4. James - I hope you do make it! I'd love to meet you. Shea's session is definitely on my list too. Phil - Thanks for your comments and vote of confidence. I definitely am encouraged by more 'grassroots' regional organizations and conferences - Atlanta of course, but also more activity in Chicago, Denver, Baltimore, Kansas City, etc. (Think globally, act locally?) For the record- Atlanta Objectivist Society (AOS or ATLOS) may be distributing promotional flyers from various Objectivist organizations who send us materials, but is not ARI or TAS sponsored. ATLOSCon is organized by Kelly Elmore
  5. Treating this sincerely, yes, many of us (locals and out-of-towners) are into working out and hiking, in addition to pursuing other values. Concerning music, there's not a formal session (other than 'Math of Music), though at the evening party there's likely to be some Objectivist-themed filking. It's a fun, eclectic group. Aaron
  6. I do not know Diana Hsieh well, having just met her recently at SnowCon, though I like what I've seen and like her work on projects like OLists. I understand that - like many Objectivists - she has been involved in various scuffles and has her opponents. I have no interest or time for arguing about anyone's personal values or faults, but do hope that if any potential attendees are not a fan of a particular speaker, they do not let it turn them off from the whole conference and all the other great sessions and events. (Sometimes I fear every Objectivist gathering will be empty otherwise)
  7. I do not know Diana Hsieh well, having just met her recently at SnowCon, though I like what I've seen and like her work on projects like OLists. I understand that - like many Objectivists - she has been involved in various scuffles and has her opponents. I have no interest or time for arguing about anyone's personal values or faults, but do hope that if any potential attendees are not a fan of a particular speaker, they do not let it turn them off from the whole conference and all the other great sessions and events. (Sometimes I fear every Objectivist gathering will be empty otherwise)
  8. The Atlanta Objectivist Society is thrilled to announce that it’s time to register for our second annual conference, ATLOSCon! The conference will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-30, 2011. We have many different classes to choose from, ranging from Objectivist epistemology to swing dancing, including business, philosophy, art, exercise, sex, parenting, and science. We also have a large variety of social events planned, including hiking, eating, partying, and working out together. Many of the classes have limits on the number of attendees, so if you are coming (and we hope you are!),
  9. I was just about to post saying class schedule and registration was up. Thanks for beating it to me here! Aaron
  10. ATLOSCon 2011 planning has begun! This year, our Atlanta Objectivist Society’s summer conference will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-30, 2011, and we are currently accepting proposals for talks. The talks should be an hour in length (we might make a few exceptions, if you can prove that you are super fascinating for longer than that), and they should be of general interest to an Objectivist audience, though they need not be about Objectivism itself. In order to give a talk, please send a paragraph describing your talk to kellyelmore79@gmail.com by Feb 1. Our committee will choose the
  11. Of course. To think that there will never be murder is unrealistic and utopian - but that doesn't mean we shouldn't oppose and try to prevent or punish murder. With regard to government specifically, I'd say that anyone who truly thinks it will be reduced to zero (or who thinks whatever government exists will be all good) is also being utopian. However, that doesn't mean it's not worth trying to diminish what we have and keeping a system which does not institutionalize coercion as an ideal and target. Aaron
  12. After traversing the road from minarchism to anarchocapitalism and back, I don't know whether your statement is incredibly cynical - but I do think it's true. Aaron
  13. MSK- I don't imply anything psychological such as getting glee from targeting innocents. But terror bombing was about that and not about targeting a bad guy and accidentally getting a bystander as a casualty - as you implied incorrectly with your phrase 'avoiding killing the wrong person'. What I said concerning bystander deaths in an act of defense being on the aggressor was clearly in the context of aimed response at an aggressor and accidental bystander casualties. I even gave the specific individual level example of shooting back at a mall shooter. The concept is badly abused by some Oi
  14. Brant, MSK- The latest posts are orthogonal to mine, and unless I just wanted to repeat previous questions I'm not sure what else to say. I am drained by the new reminder of the widespread Oist views on war. I remember being surprised and appalled 5 years ago when seeing Yaron Brook speak when he called for (before leaving Iraq to invade Iran) picking some Iraqi city to level and kill all inhabitants as an example. I've argued against the Brook/Epstein views plenty, and struggled with finding myself so at odds and that I'm more likely to have, say, JR or GHS agree with me than other Oists.
  15. Obviously I don't agree with your simple statements that targeting innocents '[was] justified'. Are you arguing that the actions were moral, such as due to collective guilt? Or that morality didn't apply and 1941-1945 was anything-goes? I don't think you're fair to the options at hand, e.g. Japan was already attempting negotiated surrender, albeit unfortunately attempting to use USSR as the mediator without knowing the dealings at Yalta and that the USSR had no interest in brokering peace. Further, you're not being creative. Let the Russkies do more of the fighting and dying in Asia, assa