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    Charles Morrison

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  1. Roger and all - The source_ of Purpose and Self-esteem is not Reason per se. Such basic non-optional values each derive from some basic fact about our nature - about a reason-based life. There is of course some causal mutuality amongst the three values and the virtues for attaining them. Clear purposefulness and good self-esteem facilitate the application of reason (thinking, work), while spastic purpose and self-complacency impede it. But it's a gross understatement to speak of reason 'helping' or unreason 'hindering' other values. To the extent that the pursuit and application of rea
  2. Closely apprenticing with Henry Cameron without Al-Anon. Not thinking of the Ellsworth Tooheys. Chuck
  3. Yes, we can always use a good challenge to our fundamentals, and to our intellectual independence.... First, let's be sure we are talking the same language. In Objectivese, "primacy of existence" is not a chronological primacy, what emerges from what, or the undeniable dependence of consciousness on a living physical brain. Rand's standing-on-one foot formulation is "wishing won't make it so". The issue is whether our wishes, feelings, doctrines, self-deceptions have direct power to effect existence or achieve knowledge of existence. We know they don't, but sometimes forget. Explicit axioms ar
  4. AR, quoted by jenright: " proclaim spiritual sisterhood with lesbians..." I wonder how most lesbians would take to the idea of spiritual sisterhood with the likes of Andrea Dworkin or Luce Irigaray? Chuck
  5. Thanks to both of you for joining. Kat joined last month, and provided the link to OL. Cool!
  6. This Yahoo! forum is for discussion of everything pertaining to the operation of the human mind, and to living consciously. - techniques and methods - books, articles, links - definitions, essentials, getting to the core of something - introspection (how do I know what's bugging me? etc.) - thinking skills for 3-year-olds - how to benefit from encounter with deeply opposite views - what's dialectics? what would be everyday applications? - communicating when angry And hopefully much more.
  7. Barbara Branden has said that she sees the life and world of Ayn Rand as a great story, and indeed 'The Passion of Ayn Rand' has attributes of a fine novel. For example a strong thematic focus IMHO on comparative mental processes. Especially on many of AR's that we would love to emulate, and a few we wouldn't. From this standpoint, 'The Passion of Ayn Rand' could, in a sense, be regarded as a sequel to 'Principles of Efficient Thinking'. Those of us who are excited about BB's forthcoming book could pick up some hints of its content by reading or rereading the bio. In the first Lecture she