Atheism, Ayn Rand and the BBC.

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Submitted by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-23 18:29

Atheists are not necessarily rational or moral, but consistent mystics can never be. Therefore, atheism is in fact a necessary prerequisite for the consistent application of objectivism as a philosophy. I am convinced that if the majority of people in the world were atheists, after having rejected religious mysticism, it would be a lot easier to make the case for objectivism.

Recent Comments:
Sandi... — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-10-04 21:39
It will eventually bawl itself out — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-03 21:38

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Kick the EU flag out of the Ryder Cup

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Submitted by Kenny on Sat, 2006-09-23 11:54

The 2006 Ryder Cup is taking place at the K Club in Ireland. Europe is playing under the official flag of the European Union. But why? Golfers from Norway and Switzerland would be eligible to play in the Ryder Cup if they qualified or chosen by the captain as one of the two "wild cards". Norway and Switzerland are not members of the European Union. The Norwegian people voted against EU membership in a referendum. Several European states, especially in the former Yugoslavia, have yet to join.


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OAC Questions

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Submitted by John Drake on Sat, 2006-09-23 02:24

I'm considering applying to the Objectivist Academic Center.  I was wondering if those of you who have gone through the program or are currently in the program could answer a few questions about it. 

Recent Comments:
Adam, Some schools will give — by Mike_M on Sun, 2006-09-24 19:24
SARPO — by John Drake on Sun, 2006-09-24 15:27
SAPRO? — by Adam Buker on Sun, 2006-09-24 10:53

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How to add links to your posts...

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Submitted by administrator on Fri, 2006-09-22 23:48

Links, properly known as hyperlinks, are easy to add to your posts.

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Phil — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-09 08:29
> Links, properly known as — by PhilipC on Fri, 2006-09-29 19:29
Say, — by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-09-29 18:48

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Dr. John Lewis Speaks at NYU Objectivist Club

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-09-22 19:39

Dr. Lewis delivered a fantastic lecture on the Islamic threat this past Wednesday (9/20) at an event sponsored by the NYU Objectivist club.

Recent Comments:
Jim - PHM. "Ferkramptedik?" — by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-09-24 18:17
Adam — by James S. Valliant on Sun, 2006-09-24 17:29
Projective hypermasculinity? — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-23 14:10

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Sauce for Moslems, Christians...

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Submitted by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-09-22 19:13

As reported by thestandard.com.hk :

Christian mobs freed hundreds of prisoners, torched cars, and looted Muslim-owned shops across eastern Indonesia after three Roman Catholics were executed Friday for leading a 2000 attack that killed 70 Muslims.

Recent Comments:
Painting all with one brush. — by Richard Wiig on Sun, 2006-09-24 04:09
Kuffaar — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-09-24 01:08
Indonesia — by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-09-24 00:07

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The powerful beauty of Liszt

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Submitted by Olivia on Thu, 2006-09-21 23:08

Not long before my mother died (aged only 53), she ordered me a CD of Franz Liszt "The Two Piano Concertos" and "The Piano Sonata" played by Sviatoslav Richter and Kirill Kondrashin with the London Symphony Orchestra (remastered from a 1961 recording).

Recent Comments:
A Faust Symphony — by JulianD on Thu, 2010-07-01 10:04
The Liszt Link — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-09-29 05:00
A Disproof of Materialism — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-09-29 04:02

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Top Gear's Hammond stable after 300mph crash

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-09-21 04:48

Press Association
Thursday September 21, 2006 4:23 AM

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is in a stable condition in hospital after being involved in a high-speed car crash while filming an apparent attempt to break the British land speed record.

Recent Comments:
A while back, I consciously — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-09-26 00:04
Marcus — by User hidden on Mon, 2006-09-25 23:25
Jeremy Clarkson on "the Blame Game" — by Marcus on Sun, 2006-09-24 13:09

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Britain’s Royal Society Seeks to Squelch Opposition to Greens on Global Warming

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-09-21 00:13

From The New York Times of September 21:

LONDON, Sept. 20 — A British scientific group, the Royal Society, contends that Exxon Mobil is spreading “inaccurate and misleading” information about climate change and is financing groups that misinform the public on the issue.

The Royal Society, a 1,400-member organization that dates back to the 1600’s and has counted Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein as members, asked Exxon Mobil in a letter this month to stop financing these groups and to change its public reports to reflect more accurately the opinions of scientists on the issue.

There is a “false sense somehow that there is a two-sided debate going on in the scientific community” about the origins of climate change, said Bob Ward, the senior manager for policy communication at the Royal Society.

The reality is that “thousands and thousands” of scientists around the world agree that climate change is linked to greenhouse gases, he said, with “one or two professional contrarians” who disagree.


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Dependency of Change and Entity

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Submitted by Stephen Boydstun on Wed, 2006-09-20 19:22

In her 1957 exposition of her philosophy, Rand maintains that in motion there is always a thing that moves. This thing that moves Rand calls an entity, and she says of it that "without the concept of entity, there can be no such concept as 'motion'." More generally, "change presupposes the concepts of what changes, from what to what, . . ." (AS 1039).

Recent Comments:
Neutrino Notes — by Stephen Boydstun on Wed, 2008-10-08 13:00
No entities without regularity = irregularity? — by Ptgymatic on Mon, 2008-10-06 21:30
Motion, entity, and change — by Ptgymatic on Mon, 2008-10-06 04:50

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Big Brother shouts at British citizens

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Submitted by Kenny on Wed, 2006-09-20 17:27

According to the "Daily Mail"

"Big Brother is not only watching you - now he's barking orders too. Britain's first 'talking' CCTV cameras have arrived, publicly berating bad behaviour and shaming offenders into acting more responsibly.

Recent Comments:
Good — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-09-21 22:47
The ID cards are a dead duck in the UK. — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-09-21 19:54
Yes, Kenny, combine that — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-09-20 23:24

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Jesus and Mo

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-20 03:06

I've just found a new comic website, Jesus and Mo - although crudely drawn, some left me in tears of laughter ... in particular, I like their latest one:

Recent Comments:
Beautiful! — by Melissa Lepley on Wed, 2006-09-20 15:33

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ARI's Lockitch on Conservatives & Birth Control

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2006-09-19 23:40

The Conservatives' War on Birth Control
Opposition to birth control is an assault on the pursuit of happiness.

By Keith Lockitch

Religious conservatives are increasingly opposing birth control. The Bush administration has shifted funding from sex education endorsing condoms to programs preaching "abstinence only." And Bush F.D.A. appointees spent three years blocking nonprescription use of the "morning after" pill, despite overwhelming evidence of its safety. Shockingly, there has been an increasing number of Christian pharmacists refusing to fill contraceptive prescriptions--in some cases even for ordinary birth control pills for married women. What is behind this disturbing hostility to reproductive freedom?

Recent Comments:
Fred ... — by Bill Tingley on Fri, 2006-09-29 12:39
James ... — by Bill Tingley on Fri, 2006-09-29 11:53
Bill — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2006-09-29 02:43

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Hudgins on the Pope & Islam

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Submitted by The Atlas Society on Tue, 2006-09-19 23:20

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The Pope vs. Islam: Who Stands for Reason?

by Edward Hudgins

In a long, scholarly dissertation on “Faith, Reason and the University: Memories and Reflections,” Pope Benedict quoted a Byzantine emperor as saying “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” While the Pope was not endorsing this view of Islam, Muslims across the world immediately took to the streets in violent, murderous rampages to prove the old emperor right.

Recent Comments:
Moral B.O. — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-09-25 07:23
> On the other hand if I am — by PhilipC on Mon, 2006-09-25 01:03
Phil's Step Program — by Fred Weiss on Sun, 2006-09-24 23:41

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Suicidal Hand-Wringing

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-09-19 18:57

Suicidal Hand-Wringing by Thomas Sowell

Article III, Section II of the Constitution gives Congress the power to limit the jurisdiction of federal courts, and Congress has specifically taken away the jurisdiction of the courts in cases involving the detention of illegal combatants, such as terrorists, who are not -- repeat, not -- prisoners of war covered by the Geneva convention.

Recent Comments:
Letting the thread die... — by Michael Moeller on Fri, 2006-09-22 03:37
Michael - let's agree — by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-09-21 18:01
Adam - Not Ok — by Michael Moeller on Thu, 2006-09-21 15:35

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Hungary - Democracy in Action!

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2006-09-19 13:33

Socialist Hungarian prime-minister, Gyurcsany, has admitted to saying that he had "lied morning, evening and night" to the Hungarian people about the state of the economy. Since then protestors in Hungary have "stormed the offices of Hungarian state television" to demand his resignation.

Recent Comments:
The Hungarian socialists are murderers too! — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-09-21 14:51
Prices and Cost — by wngreen on Tue, 2006-09-19 23:37
Extracts from the Hungarian PM's 'lying' tape. — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-09-19 22:48

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Updated Contributions Page

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-09-19 13:23

Thanks to Ross and Julian, our excellent webmasters, SOLO now has an updated Contributions page. For a look, click on the button on the top right corner labelled "contribute." The new page provides you with multiple options, allowing you to contribute as you see fit to SOLO's continued improvement. As you may or may not know, SOLO operates almost entirely on contributions from its members - so if you have enjoyed participating on SOLO, I'd like to encourage you to make a contribution. And I thank those of you who already have.


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Well thats "one small step for maam and a giant step - without a Burqa !!

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Submitted by Sandi on Mon, 2006-09-18 10:23

Mixed emotions really.

space records: the first female tourist, first female Muslim, and first Iranian in orbit
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0...

Recent Comments:
Anousheh Ansari — by AdamReed on Wed, 2006-09-20 05:28
Answering James Taranto's Question — by AdamReed on Tue, 2006-09-19 21:41
She's 40?! — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-09-19 01:48

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I say "Cease all aid" to all countries that are not democratic

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Submitted by Sandi on Mon, 2006-09-18 08:27

Doing the usual Google search on the latest news (as I do each morning), I was shocked to read headlines such as:

"More than 50 leaders from over 100 Third World countries rejected US use of the “axis of evil” label and supported Tehran’s right to nuclear technology for peaceful use. "

Recent Comments:
It all depends on how you define democracy — by Marcus on Fri, 2006-09-22 09:08
No thanks. We Brits are — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-09-18 23:35
Shared military interest? — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-09-18 21:34

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Muscle Cramps

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Submitted by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-09-18 05:20

The title says it: I get bad muscle cramps. Usually at night after I exercise during the day. They go away if I don't exercise, but that is not a long-term option. All my mineral levels are correct. My internist's NP prescribed quinine, which reduced the intensity of the muscle cramps by about one-third, but they are still painful. I do some streching before going to bed, but still I sometimes I wake up with muscle cramps at night, and I need to do several minutes of streching and other "warmup" exercises before the cramps subside and I can go back to sleep.

I'd be grateful for any advice.

Recent Comments:
I'd be grateful for any advice. — by 0 on Sat, 2008-02-09 05:04
I am surprised to hear about — by 0 on Tue, 2008-02-05 20:14
Cramps — by Nick Bruijn on Sat, 2006-09-23 02:46

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Andrew Sullivan -"Powell leads the right in a Bush-whack."

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2006-09-17 13:12

From the Times...

"American conservatism has gone from being a political philosophy rooted in scepticism of power, empirical judgment and limited government into an ideology based in born-again religious faith, immune to empirical reality and dedicated to the relentless expansion of presidential clout. It sanctions wiretapping without court warrants, indefinite detention without trial and the use of torture."

Recent Comments:
A lot has changed since your — by wngreen on Sat, 2006-09-23 19:55
Adam, I'm not a psychologist — by wngreen on Sat, 2006-09-23 19:50
The time period I'm thinking — by wngreen on Sat, 2006-09-23 19:48

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For discussion: Which way to victory?

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-09-17 09:01

I am starting this thread to get the discussion away from Philip Coats' mendatious attack of Craig Biddle - that thread is useless - and to focus on the really important issues:
1. What kind of victory over the current regime in Iran is in the best selfish interest of civilized men, and
2. How to achieve such a victory.

Recent Comments:
> there seems to be a — by PhilipC on Wed, 2006-09-27 00:27
Ok Phil — by Michael Moeller on Tue, 2006-09-26 17:17
There is something else... — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-09-26 14:20

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losing "new" indicators

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Submitted by Rick Pasotto on Sun, 2006-09-17 02:41

It sometimes happens that when I click on the '1 new' section of the thread listing, the resulting page has no posts marked as 'new'. The titlebar ends in '#new' so I know I've clicked on the correct part of the listing.

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Everyone else will be — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-09-17 03:58

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How Do You Sort and File your evidence?

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Submitted by Sandi on Sat, 2006-09-16 22:21

Are there any lawyers or the likes, who have a few minutes to email me some advice?

I am building a very large case which is complex and there are many webs to weave.
My problem is arranging my evidence and adding to my time line as new details come


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Muslims Need To be Media Savvy - Interesting Article in The Arab News

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Submitted by Sandi on Sat, 2006-09-16 21:38

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=... JEDDAH, 14 September 2006 — Muslim businessmen should buy into global media outlets to help change anti-Muslim attitudes around the world, said information ministers from Muslim countries at a conference that began at Jeddah Conference Palace yesterday.

Recent Comments:
Ban Saudi investment in the West — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-09-18 21:38

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How Ayn Rand Taught Me to be a Christian

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Submitted by Bill Tingley on Sat, 2006-09-16 18:01

The year I was born the Soviets raised the Berlin Wall and imprisoned half a continent. Three decades later the prisoners tore down the wall and the regime of their jailers soon fell afterwards. This was a heartening turning point in history I was never certain I would witness in my lifetime. I like to think I did my small part to bring it about by serving in U.S. Air Force during the climax of the Cold War.

Recent Comments:
Bump — by Richard Goode on Sun, 2012-01-29 10:05
Bill — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-10-03 22:39
Postscript — by AdamReed on Tue, 2006-10-03 17:46

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A Few Favorites

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Submitted by itheliving78 on Sat, 2006-09-16 15:19

Here are a few of my favorites..what are yours?

Gattaca
Equilibrium
Men of Honor
Good Night, and Good Luck

Recent Comments:
Hmm... — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2007-10-26 19:36
these are my favorite movies — by 0 on Fri, 2007-09-28 17:32
Not to mention River Tam — by Lance on Fri, 2007-09-28 05:31

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Want to brag a little bit

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Submitted by User hidden on Sat, 2006-09-16 03:31

I am kind of excited about the gymnastics progress I am making, and I wanted to brag a little bit to you guys.

Recent Comments:
My gymnastic goal — by Kenny on Wed, 2006-09-20 23:23
Gymnastics goals — by User hidden on Tue, 2006-09-19 21:47
Skill indeed! — by Wes on Mon, 2006-09-18 17:29

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ARI Acclaims Gene Therapy Breakthrough

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2006-09-16 03:21

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
http://www.aynrand.org/

Gene Therapy Cures Men Dying of Cancer
September 15, 2006

Irvine, CA--"Dr Steven Rosenberg and his team of scientists at the
National Cancer Institute should be congratulated for developing a

Recent Comments:
One of the reasons.... — by Robert on Sat, 2006-09-16 04:04

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ARI Hails DDT Decision

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2006-09-16 03:09

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
http://www.aynrand.org/

WHO Sides with Humanity Against Mosquitoes and Environmentalists
September 15, 2006

Irvine, CA--The World Health Organization, conceding that alternative

Recent Comments:
Thanks Marnee. — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-09-18 14:46
Obviously Kelly has never — by Marnee on Mon, 2006-09-18 04:52
For fuck sakes... — by Marcus on Sun, 2006-09-17 14:01

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