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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-03 23:34
Art. On the subject of art, ain't there a lot of misunderstanding about -- as this still ongoing and fascinating thread at my main blog shows if nothing else does. But isn't it odd how something we've all experienced and enjoyed is somehow so widely misunderstood?
All of us have felt, after watching a film or having indulged in a DVD marathon of a favourite TV show, that our thinking has somehow been changed by the experience -- having been immersed in the world of CSI or House for example we might imagine ourselves to have become more analytical and more attentive to detail (or more cranky); after a Prisoner marathon we might feel particularly astute and mistrustful; and after hours of reality shows (if you can stomach that) you could feel intensely competitive and 'loaded for bear.'
All of us have been touched at some time by a painting, a film, a piece of music or a work of architecture or sculpture. If we hadn't, we just wouldn't be human. Anything that affects us like this can't be causeless, and indeed it isn't.
Submitted by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2006-09-03 21:34
I have been reading a book called SHAM by Steve Salerno about the foibles of the self-help and actualization movement (SHAM). He takes Dr. Phil McGraw to task for a number of questionable ethical decisions.
One involved his alleged trickery when he invited two overweight women on his show: "374-pound Sally Smith, editor of Big Beautiful Woman magazine, and 400-pound Maryanne Bodolay, executive administrator of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance" (NAAFA). The women thought he had invited them on his show to air their defense of obesity as a legitimate lifestyle choice. But through the work of Phil's producers behind the scenes, these women claim, the episode became "a freak show at their expense."
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-03 18:59
The man's a genius. An artistic and engineering genius.
I've only had the the pleasure of being in one of Santiago Calatrava's magnificent buildings -- many of which bring to architecture the novel concept of seeing buildings as mechanisms, or as organisms that change as a living thing would during the course of the day -- so the film on Calatrava and his work I've just seen at the JASMAX Architectural Film Festival was a delight. A real delight. (That's him above, by the way, with another of my heroes, architect Felix Candela.)
Saarinen and Milwaukee — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:49
Peter — by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:39
Katherine — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:27
Submitted by DianaHsieh on Sun, 2006-09-03 16:00
(This post is an expanded version of some comments I recently made in another thread.) One of the standard claims about the Ayn Rand Archives made by critics of the Ayn Rand Institute is that it only permits ARI-affilited Objectivist scholars to access the archives. That's a myth -- one easily proven to be so. Consider the following two citations of the Archive by non-Objectivists:
Hey George! Good to hear — by PhilipC on Sat, 2006-09-09 16:37
George — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2006-09-09 15:51
George — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-09-09 13:43
Submitted by jtgagnon on Sun, 2006-09-03 15:30
On the centennial anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Robert Ingersoll declared that “[w]e have retired the gods from politics. We have found that man is the only source of political power, and that the governed should govern.” On that day, Ingersoll spoke eloquently of America as “the first secular government” and argued that its success “did away forever with the theological idea of government.”
Richard — by Bill Visconti on Wed, 2006-09-06 23:26
Richard Wiig — by AdamReed on Wed, 2006-09-06 17:53
Bill — by Richard Wiig on Wed, 2006-09-06 08:30
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-03 03:41
[NB: I've begun this thread to remove this particular topic from the more concrete dicussion on Dr Montessori and Montessori schools begun on this thread, and in response to a suggestion on that thread by Sharath Bachanad.]
Just in case — by Sharath on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:48
Will do. — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:29
Hi Peter — by Sharath on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:11
Submitted by Kenny on Sat, 2006-09-02 11:58
"The Alphabet Net is calling foul after a rough cut of a sex scene from the upcoming season of Desperate Housewives was leaked on YouTube nearly a month before the steamy footage was slated to air.
Uh oh... — by Melissa Lepley on Tue, 2006-09-05 13:35
My only concern is the Kyle — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-09-03 00:30
Looks like they took it down — by LWHALL on Sat, 2006-09-02 16:48
Submitted by John Drake on Sat, 2006-09-02 02:55
Okay, I'm back again venting about TAS/TOC. Am I the only one that wonders about the inconsistency with these definitions?
In the first paragraph on the page about Objectivism:
But they do. — by mcohen on Sat, 2006-09-02 04:41
John — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-09-02 04:27
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-09-02 01:23
Report from the Front: Happy Labor Day: We're All Workers!
Happy Labor Day: We're All Workers!
by Edward Hudgins
When Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894 it marked not only a celebration by workers but a division of Americans into groups often seen as opposed to one another.
Sold out — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2006-09-10 20:29
> I'm not a fan of — by PhilipC on Fri, 2006-09-08 05:00
Another false alternative — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-09-08 04:49
Submitted by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-09-02 00:15
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, California
Submitted by Marnee on Fri, 2006-09-01 20:36
I just got word that today, Sean Hannity, on his radio show, quoted at length from an ARI (!) press release on Global Warming, adding:
"Finally, someone got it right." (Or something like that.)
Hannity — by Daniel Walden on Mon, 2007-07-16 14:46
Four other words — by Stuart Hayashi on Mon, 2007-07-16 06:32
May their god damn them — by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2007-07-15 04:14
Submitted by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-09-01 19:41
The Fugitive Girl Act was written by a "leftist" and posted on a "leftist" website. Why link it on SOLO?
Thanks, Adam — by Laure Chipman on Fri, 2006-09-01 20:10
Submitted by Charles Henrikson on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:07
Ayn Rand’s overview of the purpose of art may be a bit perplexing, perhaps I can simplify:
“Man’s profound need of art lies in the fact that his cognitive faculty is conceptual, i.e., that he acquires knowledge by means of abstractions, and needs the powert to bring his wildest metaphysical abstractions into his immediate, perceptual awareness. Art fulfils this need: by means of a selective re-creation, it concretizes man’s fundamental view of himself and of existence. It tells man, in effect, which aspects of his experience are to be regarded as essential, significant, important. In this sense, art teaches man how to use his consciousness. It conditions or stylizes man’s consciousness by conveying to him a certain way of looking at existence” (Art and Cognition, Romantic Manifesto, paperback edition, pg 45).
ITOE — by JoeM on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:39
Some of her Introduction to — by Charles Henrikson on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:31
D'oh! — by Charles Henrikson on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:15
Submitted by JoeM on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:17
This is (kinda) heartening. Shortly after AOHELL did their "Wussiest Song" list, Q magazine has put out their Guilty Pleasures issue-115 Records it's ok to love! (Meat Loaf's BAT OUT OF HELL took top album, and ELO's "LIVING THING" took top song.)
Huey — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-09-01 23:23
Guilty? — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-09-01 14:11
Damned straight, — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:29
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-09-01 00:13
Anyone remember the passage below from Atlas Shrugged?
We are in the train's cab at the opening of the John Galt Line.
Melody — by jeffrey smith on Thu, 2009-06-04 01:49
Olivia — by jeffrey smith on Thu, 2009-06-04 01:34
Tchaikovsky on Wagner — by jeffrey smith on Thu, 2009-06-04 01:14
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:36
THE TIMES: Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary-General, has called for all Israeli troops to be withdrawn from southern Lebanon as soon as an international force earmarked for the area reaches 5,000... Under UN Resolution 1701, signed earlier this month and agreed by both Israel and Lebanon, provision was made for a international force of 15,000 to act as a buffer between Israel and Hezbollah... The UN Secretary-General claimed that the Lebanese authorities yesterday assured him they were taking measures to stop the flow of weapons from Syria and Iran to their ally Hezbollah via sea and air...
Oh right. Well if the UN thinks everything's fine and dandy, then I guess it must be. If the hero of UN successes in Rwanda and Somalia and Bosnia informs the world that he has been "assured" by "the Lebanese authorities" that they're "taking measures" to stop Hezbollah being re-armed, then who would doubt this third-hand information passed on to a bumbling fool by provenly toothless "authorities" -- why would anyone think it might actually need people with real guns to effect a real blockade, one with proper confirmation of disarmament ...
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:34
Back then, war and death and disaster were still largely the order of the day and the focus of much of daily life, and life for the most part was seen as simply a small part of the more important journey taking place after death. (Think for example of the Great Pyramids and the Egyptian death cults, and the Sumerian and Chinese fortresses of this period. Such was the architectural expression seen under the sun.)
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:26
You see, here's an example of something that is good art -- very good art -- that I don't like at all. If anything better expresses the dis-ease and dislocation expressed by twentieth-century 'thinkers' -- the nausea and helpless angst of Jean Paul Sartre; "things fall apart, the centre cannot hold"; "alone and afraid in a world I never made"; etc; etc. -- then it is this piece.
Capitalism the Unknown Ideal — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:28
Damn, Private Simovici ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:13
I'll do you one better, then. — by Boaz the Boor on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:06
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:24
Perhaps if that was to be combined with Casual Sex Friday ... ?
Ross... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-02 16:38
Holidays — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-09-01 15:20
"It's usually about now that — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-01 08:29
Submitted by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:19
This is the first of what will be many updates, posted at the end of each month. One of my primary duties is to keep you – the SOLO community – informed. The monthly updates will report what is going on behind the scenes, notify you of current and future site-related news, and provide any other information pertinent to improving your SOLO experience.
Sordid, eh? — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-09-01 13:59
"Nothing but sordid sex — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:43
Peter, Daniel... — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-09-01 00:54
Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-08-31 17:54
Brant — by Fred Weiss on Mon, 2006-09-11 13:19
The word — by Brendan Hutching on Mon, 2006-09-11 09:07
Verdict — by Brendan Hutching on Mon, 2006-09-11 09:05
Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-08-31 09:34
[This was originally to go into the "Summer Travels with Leonard Peikoff" thread, but as it developed, it warrants its own thread.]
Well, this all occurred to me in the shower (how to express it, anyway). Somehow it started out with my thoughts about Branden's snide swipe at Rand that she she didn't understand what mysticism was.
"Why don't we move this — by Leonid on Thu, 2009-03-05 22:45
Leonid — by seddon on Thu, 2009-03-05 16:40
Seddon — by Leonid on Thu, 2009-03-05 14:35
Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2006-08-31 01:37
The Ayn Rand Institute
Global Capitalism: The Solution to World Oppression and Poverty
Who: Andrew Bernstein, senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute and author of "The Capitalist Manifesto."
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 01:34
"Give me liberty, or give me death!" That impassioned speech by Patrick Henry still rings down the years from a man who would rather die on his feet than live on his his knees. It is among the top speeches from all history in defence of taking action in defence of one's liberty.
Marcus, are you having your period? — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-02 16:46
Marcus, are you having your — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-09-02 01:15
Well then, I'm glad we won — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-09-01 17:37
Submitted by Greg Mullen on Wed, 2006-08-30 22:06
According to the folks at Steorn, a privately owned technology research company, they have a created technology that according to their website:
1. The technology has a coefficient of performance greater than 100%.
Check it: Fun stuff about — by Marnee on Thu, 2006-10-05 20:46
To be sure... — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-08-31 06:28
I forget who it was who — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-08-31 06:17
Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2006-08-30 20:49
Adam Reed has proposed the following in his article and on the Zionist thread:
“That the restrictions and laws banning therapeutic cloning to harvest human fetal tissue implemented in all countries in the world is a “Christianist plot” amounting to mass murder.”
Apropos... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-02 15:24
Landon - risk assessment — by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-09-02 05:55
Risk Assessment — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-09-02 04:34
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-08-30 07:32
I never thought I'd switch off Boston Legal, let alone the two-hour season finale. For sparkling dialogue, KASS courtroom speeches and a willingness to eschew PC, BL has long been among my fave TV shows. But I did note with alarm its ongoing sell-out to fashionable nihilism & pomo-wanking—headbanging caterwauling segueing from one scene to the next, seasickness-inducing hand-held camera-work, etc.. For the sake of lines like "The distinguishing attribute of human beings is their ability to reason" (from just last week: Alan to Denny) I was prepared to put up with it. Last night it was just too much. TV by esthetic savages with Attention Deficit Disorder for esthetic savages with Attention Deficit Disorder. It was disgusting, & I turned it off.
Heh, Douglas Wambaugh WAS a — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-09-03 06:25
Picket Fences — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-09-03 06:05
"That doesn't mean Boston — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-09-03 03:56
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-08-30 05:42
Ditto. — by Julian Pistorius on Wed, 2006-08-30 20:11
Good call, Dunc. — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-08-30 06:31
Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Wed, 2006-08-30 02:15
A way of looking at Muslim immigration that I hadn't thought about before. I'm referring in large part to subsequent discussion, where it's observed that the U.S. seems to attract the better ones, and the Eurotrash attract the trash.
If anyone if interested — by LWHALL on Wed, 2006-08-30 18:27
Welfare — by Tim S on Wed, 2006-08-30 10:24
Muslim immigration — by Richard Wiig on Wed, 2006-08-30 08:24
Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2006-08-30 00:02
The Ayn Rand Institute
Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
Bush Should Defeat, Not Debate Ahmadinejad
IRVINE, CA-- Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s offer to President Bush for a debate “on how to end world predicaments” is a farce, said Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.
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