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Initial Sexual Attraction

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Tue, 2006-08-01 13:12

Hello All,

It's been almost two years now since I wrote this.  Kelly Meg and I have since moved in together and we're about to move to a new apartment in New York.  Life is Beautiful!

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Does she have a brother? :-) — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-08-01 22:30
JTG — by Dan Edge on Tue, 2006-08-01 20:46
I'm glad you've found — by Aaron on Tue, 2006-08-01 20:20

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Mind-Body Integration

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-04-28 05:32

A wealth of philosophical literature has been devoted to discussion of the supposed mind-body split, and why no such dichotomy exists. But the specific way in which mind and body are integrated has been neglected to a significant degree. This essay will explore the connection between these components of self and applications for self-training. I intend this to be a foundational paper for future articles on gastronomy, self-motivation, sexuality, and romantic love. I assume that the reader has a working knowledge of psycho-epistemology, specifically the way in which concepts and physical motions are automatized in the subconscious. A summary of these ideas can be found in the introduction to my Psycho-Epistemology of Acting article.

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Phil — by Dan Edge on Mon, 2006-05-01 02:39
Roots — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-04-29 23:35
The Root of All Good? — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-04-29 03:23

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Wish Me Luck

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-04-19 01:10

Hello Everyone,

I just applied to the Objectivist Academic Center for the Fall semester. I take their online essay test on Wednesday, so wish me luck! Hopefully I will not be automatically disqualified for associating with people like you Sticking out tongue

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Congratulations! — by Martin on Mon, 2006-10-02 12:01
Reassuring ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-10-01 22:46
Yeah . . . — by User hidden on Sun, 2006-10-01 20:44

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Objectivism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-04-14 04:02

Introduction

This essay is a discussion of the Correspondence Theory of Truth (CTOT) and how the theory fits into the philosophy of Objectivism. I will argue that properly understood, the CTOT is compatible with Objectivist epistemology. I will also discuss pitfalls that must be avoided to keep the door closed to skepticism.

Readers should note that I am writing here for two distinct audiences. The first is the Objectivist community at large, those who are already familiar with the philosophy. I am also presenting this essay to my Senior Seminar in Philosophy class at the University of South Carolina for peer review.

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I prefer 'aspects of existents' — by Ed on Tue, 2006-04-25 05:03
Thanks Ed — by Dan Edge on Mon, 2006-04-24 20:36
terminology — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-04-21 06:04

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Review of Robert Campbell's JARS Essay

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-04-12 21:08

This blog entry is a review of Robert Campbell's essay Ayn Rand and the Cognitive Revolution in Psychology. Mr. Campbell provided a link to this essay in another thread, encouraging review.

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Self-Love as a Prime Mover

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-04-12 00:25

SELF-LOVE AS A PRIME MOVER
or
WHY I ROOT FOR THE CAROLINA PANTHERS

I love my life. And I don't just mean life in general, but my life in particular. I love my name, the particulars of my body, my voice, I love the fact that I'm a man, my taste in music, my hometown, my local football team, pretty much everything that makes me distinctly who I am. I would not want to trade my face with anyone, even someone better looking than me. I love my consciousness, and my body's particular physical manifestation in reality.

All of these distinguishing characteristics are morally neutral. It is no more ethical to be male or female, to root for the Panthers or the Redskins, to have green eyes or brown eyes, to be from Greenville, SC or somewhere else. One may ask: On what basis can one value his particular distinguishing characteristics more highly than any other possible combination? There are no absolute standards of judgment in this morally optional realm. My simple answer: Self-love is a prime mover.

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Football — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 20:50
Washington Capitals for me — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-04-12 07:28

Open vs. Closed System Theory

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-04-07 20:32

Open vs Closed System

I am an advocate of Objectivism as a "closed system" of philosophical thought. I've considered this issue from many different angles and degrees of complexity over the years, but now the answer seems surprisingly clear to me. Several years ago, I asked myself the questions: "If I view Objectivism as an open system of thought, then how exactly do I define the term 'Objectivism?' What are the referents of 'Objectivism' in reality?" Based on the open system theory, I found these questions to be unanswerable.

One must have epistemological precision with his concepts, particularly in the study of philosophy. I have found that one of the best ways to deepen my understanding of a subject is to go back and more precisely define concepts relating to that subject. The closed system perspective makes this possible with respect to Objectivism. Assuming a closed system, I can define exactly what Objectivism is, and what its referents are in reality. Objectivism is the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

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Mike_M said: Imagine that, — by ValueCritic on Sun, 2010-04-11 17:11
'names', Proper-names, and concepts — by Rowlf on Sun, 2006-04-16 05:51
ok then! — by Mike_M on Wed, 2006-04-12 05:06

Notes on the Psycho Epistemology of Acting

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Thu, 2006-03-23 23:15

THE PSYCHO-EPISTEMOLOGY OF ACTING

Introduction-

This essay is an attempt to explain, in more detail than has been presented in the past, the psychological processes involved in acting. I'm going to define some basic concepts in psychology and psycho-epistemology and apply them to the realm of theatre, specifically to Stanislovski's method of acting.

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Emotions are a response to — by JennaW on Tue, 2006-03-28 23:50
Try It Your Own Way — by Dan Edge on Sat, 2006-03-25 20:13
Brow crinkling — by sjw on Sat, 2006-03-25 18:23

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Stanislavski Quotes

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Thu, 2006-03-23 23:03

Stanislavski was a Russian actor/director/teacher who worked in Moscow until his death in the early 20th century. His "method" of acting is today widely revered and implemented around the world. He was the first to popularize romantic realism in theatre. I would like to write an essay on his life some time in the near future, but for now I wanted to present some quotes of his that moved me:

- "What does in really mean to be truthful on stage? Does it mean that you conduct yourself as you do in ordinary life? Not at all. Truthfulness in those terms would be sheer triviality. There is the the same difference between artistic and inartistic truth as exists between a painting and a photograph: the latter produces everything, the former only what is essential; to put the essential on canvas requires the talent of a painter."


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