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Linz's New Book
Is Edward Snowden a hero?
Hell yes! His actions were moral.
Hell no! Put him away for treason.
Yes and no. It's a grey area.
Other (please specify)
Total votes: 22
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-04-17 20:36
A while back, I wrote a letter containing the following:
I was firmly convinced that the more that non-Muslims actually find out about Islam, the less they'll be inclined to believe that it's a religion of peace at it's core. It turns out that I was absolutely right:
My experience has been that — by Richard Wiig on Thu, 2006-04-20 23:26
No. At least in New — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-04-20 21:09
Did he? — by Richard Wiig on Thu, 2006-04-20 06:40
Submitted by Lanza Morio on Mon, 2006-04-17 07:47
Name that novel:
Among many morals which press upon us from the poor minister's miserable experience, we put only this into a sentence: "Be true! Be true! Be true! Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred!"
Re: "The Scarlet Letter" — by mcohen on Tue, 2006-04-18 02:43
We have a winner! Michelle, — by Lanza Morio on Mon, 2006-04-17 17:20
Re: Name that novel — by mcohen on Mon, 2006-04-17 15:05
Submitted by Rick Giles on Mon, 2006-04-17 01:51
Grief is the price we pay for love
I don't agree.
Grief is the price we pay for love lost. If love lost is the same as love then all love must fail.
That was pretty clever — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2006-04-22 23:46
I don't even know — by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2006-04-22 13:16
You just don't have a very — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2006-04-22 13:01
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-04-17 00:11
I've been reading a bit about polyphasic sleep recently, trying to get a feel for whether it'd fit my working style and hobbies.
My wife and I considered — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-04-18 20:56
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead — by Ashley on Tue, 2006-04-18 20:12
Hmmm — by Andrew Bissell on Mon, 2006-04-17 08:16
Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sun, 2006-04-16 21:55
This week I am recommending recordings for the symphonies of two outstanding late 19th century composers. Two of the great creators of melody and orchestration, Antonin Dvorak a Czech and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky a Russian composed some of the most beautiful music ever written. I consider all of the symphonies of Tchaikovsky to be masterpieces. Dvorak's great works for this genre were his final three symphonies.
Bernstein NY Philharmonic version — by wngreen on Sun, 2006-04-23 02:43
Robert — by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-04-21 21:32
Personal Preferences - — by Robert Malcom on Fri, 2006-04-21 20:26
Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2006-04-16 20:57
Interesting article from the New Scientist concerning concept formation and reasoning from the ground up.
Namely, how do you teach a computer common sense?
Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sun, 2006-04-16 14:56
I am very excited to announce that we have a new SOLO co-webmaster to replace the excellent Duncan Bayne who is stepping down next month to pursue a business venture.
This new webmaster is... Ross Elliot! Ross is an experienced programmer and a long time member of SOLO. I am extremely pleased that he has accepted my offer and I'm looking forward to seeing the improvements that he and Julian will make to the website during the next several months.
My understanding ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-04-19 07:29
You sure are, Ash. By the — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-04-19 04:30
I Should Be — by Ashley on Tue, 2006-04-18 20:14
Submitted by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-04-16 07:36
"On December 1st, Merck & Company applied to the Food and Drug Administration for a license to sell a vaccine that it has developed to protect women against the human papilloma virus. ... More than twelve thousand women between the ages of sixteen and twenty-six were monitored for an average of two years. The results were conclusive: twenty-one of the women who received a placebo during the trial developed the cellular abnormalities that are associated with cancer and other illnesses. Not one of those in the vaccinated group did. Another vaccine, which is being developed by GlaxoSmithKline, promises to be just as effective."
christianism — by Rex Wilkinson on Sun, 2006-06-04 22:29
Well said — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-04-17 13:22
Submitted by Rick Giles on Sun, 2006-04-16 02:28
T'is an ill wind that blows nobody any good! Allow me to demonstrate.
The Silver Lining # 1:
Lindsay Mitchell blogged on Saturday of the English police emergency that had a Herefordshire shopkeeper rush to the crime scene, his shop, in a bluster. Turned out they wanted to impound three gollywog dolls in the shop window!
That's nothing — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-04-16 13:51
Submitted by seddon on Sun, 2006-04-16 00:50
T. S. Eliot said that “April is the cruellest month,” but since it is the month when I celebrate the birth of Rachmaninoff, I think It is just fine. So I thought I would put down a few thoughts about SR.
Naxos — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-04-17 16:53
RCA/Naxos — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-04-17 11:30
Linz, — by seddon on Mon, 2006-04-17 00:57
Submitted by Tim S on Fri, 2006-04-14 15:03
I'm always incredulous at the things people say against their own culture. Everywhere one goes one encounters hatred towards George Bush, the US, Tony Blair and pretty much everything that is making an attempt to stand up for justice in the face of Islamo-fascism. And yet while George Bush is hated and equated with Hitler, I rarely hear anyone express anger towards Bin Laden, Saddam, Islamic beheaders, or any other mass murdererer - in fact the very sort of people who are actually threatening our lives right now.
What the fuck is wrong with people?
Kenny, have a read of this. — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-04-18 05:02
Time To Fight The Real War — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-04-18 01:37
That's all? — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2006-04-17 23:24
Submitted by Tenyamc on Fri, 2006-04-14 06:58
When you're expecting your first baby, you can find numerous books that include directions for bathing your new baby. New parent classes usually devote at least one session to bathing the new baby. Finally, if you feel the need for some last-minute instruction, most hospitals have videos and nurses available to advise new parents on this and many other aspects of newborn care. What these many guides fail to make adequately clear is that wet babies are very slippery, once soap is added, they are even slipperier. Further when you bathe a real live baby, you get very wet. If you bathe your child in the bathtub, it hurts your back. Added to these complications, many very young babies become frightened when placed in a tub of water.
Everyday-ness — by VSD on Sun, 2006-04-16 21:06
Love the sink! — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-04-16 03:45
Kitchen sink — by Tenyamc on Sat, 2006-04-15 21:14
Submitted by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-04-14 04:02
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.
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
Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-04-13 21:33
Few issues are more frequently commented on than the shifting of American manufacturing to locations outsides the United States, in order to take advantage of lower foreign wage rates, particularly in Asia. This shifting is what is meant by “offshoring.” With equal or greater frequency lamentations are heard concerning the United States’ chronic excess of imports over exports, i.e., its so-called “unfavorable” balance of trade.
Here’s an example that will help to put both matters in proper perspective.
Outsourcing versus Exile — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2007-01-26 04:11
Offshoring — by 0 on Thu, 2007-01-25 22:28
Just a smidge above slaves — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Wed, 2006-04-19 16:22
Submitted by JoeM on Thu, 2006-04-13 18:30
Well known is the story of Ayn Rand's appearance on Donahue, as told by Barbara Branden. The story is used as evidence of Rand's intolerance and dogmatic insistence on agreement. Anyone who has actually seen the footage knows that this story is a lie.
Ted, you're a moron. Ooops, — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-11-23 22:06
QED — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-23 21:33
Fred and Ted — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-11-23 21:23
Submitted by Andrew Bissell on Thu, 2006-04-13 18:27
Here's a press release I sent out to some local papers today about an event the UM Objectivist Club will be holding tomorrow:
April 13, 2006
UM Objectivist Club to display Muhammad cartoons at UM, raise money for
Good job, Andrew. — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-04-16 23:02
same — by Mike_M on Sun, 2006-04-16 22:11
Wow — by Andrew Bissell on Sun, 2006-04-16 21:24
Submitted by Rick Giles on Thu, 2006-04-13 11:41
My respect for religion is like my admiration for a well-made steam engine. It's great what it can do, we're more powerful with it than with nothing in its place BUT it has been supplanted and the new way is better. But Julian comes back with...
Submitted by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-04-13 03:27
Whatever one's views on the use of anticipatory self-defense against Iran, it is becoming increasingly clear (but apparently not to all) that action MUST be taken. President Bush once referred to Ahmadinejad as an "odd guy." That is an understatement on every level. Ensconced on the throne of Islam's shining star, Ahmadinejad's rhetoric is not merely inflammatory - he's backing it up with actions. He is, simply put, a fanatacist - a member of an obscure Shi'ite sect that eagerly awaits Armageddon and the appearance of the 12th Imam. Fueled by such irrational beliefs, this "odd guy" will employ whatever methods necessary to legitimize his utterly absurd beliefs.
Not a clue... — by jtgagnon on Wed, 2006-04-19 05:28
I've just realised that this — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-04-19 04:29
Kenny, if you were to apply — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-04-18 23:52
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.
You can call me Dr. Cohen... — by mcohen on Sun, 2006-04-16 17:21
Re: Cognitive Poetics — by mcohen on Sun, 2006-04-16 12:51
Cognitive poetics — by Robert Campbell on Sun, 2006-04-16 03:03
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-12 20:30
A new Muslim-sensitive edition of Playboy has appeared in the world's most populous Muslim nation that should please all the local and international idiots who favour wowserish puritanism for Muslim women -- the just-launched Indonesian edition lifts the burqah on "midriffs, thighs and cleavage," but contains no nudity. None at all. I swear I am not making this up.
Who ripped the pics out, dammit? — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-04-14 06:15
Grizzlies — by Rick Giles on Thu, 2006-04-13 10:11
*I'm* not grizzling about — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-04-13 02:35
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-12 20:28
Let me introduce you to a film in which the contradictions are apparently all worth it.
A teen-flick that celebrates intelligence.
Thrilling stuff, huh? Sounds like it to me too, and I know nothing more about it than what I've read here, and that it's called Cellular.
LINK: The digital divide: It's not the money stupid - Owen McShane, NBR
Life is 'cellular' nowadays...dude — by Rowlf on Sat, 2006-04-15 04:46
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-12 20:26
Every year at Easter we celebrate sacrifice with time-honoured rituals that go to the heart of who we are as a society. This year will be no exception.
mmmm...sacrilicious.... — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-04-16 14:32
Closed — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-04-16 13:44
Shop Trading Restrictions are a Human Rights Issue — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-04-14 01:11
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-12 20:18
'The Government that Governs Best, Governs Least.' That's true, but it's not the whole truth -- which just shows you how reliable bumper-sticker philosophy can be. What's missing from that analysis is what gets too many libertarians confused.
Size is important — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 13:48
Submitted by William E. Perry on Wed, 2006-04-12 16:03
The first time I met Nathaniel Branden was at the 1998 Summer Seminar of what was then called the Institute for Objectivist Studies. IOS later became The Objectivist Center. George H. Smith took me to an area of the common room in which Branden was talking to a few people. He introduced me to him.
I had recently read Judgment Day. At that point his revised version was about to be released as My Years with Ayn Rand. I asked Branden why he had to revise the book. He told me that he had made mistakes as to details, and that others had corrected him. He felt the need to make those corrections. I found out later that many of the corrections had come from Barbara Branden.
Correction: Authors of emails not known — by 0 on Mon, 2008-01-14 10:56
'masks', Disorders...and gossip — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-04-21 08:02
Sub-personalities — by eg on Thu, 2006-04-20 23:49
Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2006-04-12 13:13
Jeremy Clarkson, host of "Top Gear", socks it to the current culture of enviro-"mentalism".
Top Gear's Top Man — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 22:49
I adore Clarkeson — by Sandi on Thu, 2006-04-13 02:41
Thanks Tim — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-04-12 22:15
Submitted by Sandi on Wed, 2006-04-12 03:07
I apologise for posting prior to saying "Hello".
This wonderful site is just so full of great stuff, and it is taking me some time to learn how to navigate around it all.
Anyhow, here is me, from New Zealand and I really look forward to some wonderful discussions, debate and indeed to be able to poke a bit of fun into the orrifice of the great global village - now and then.
Yes, I am of good Scots — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-04-17 04:37
Sorry Ross — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-04-16 12:42
Kenny, directly above my — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-04-15 23:19
Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-04-12 00:25
SELF-LOVE AS A PRIME MOVER
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.
Football — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 20:50
Washington Capitals for me — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-04-12 07:28
Submitted by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-04-11 14:15
All our actions are goal-directed actions. Open the window because you want some fresh air. Go to work to earn some money. But what goal does fresh air and money achieve? Is there some final goal that all the little actions and little goals are a means to? Yes there is, and that's living. Living is an end in itself for us.
For sure — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2006-04-12 07:43
I, personally, am very much — by Andrew Bissell on Wed, 2006-04-12 07:20
Submitted by George Reisman on Tue, 2006-04-11 12:20
Illegal immigrants are overwhelming the resources of the Welfare State: government–funded hospital emergency rooms are filled with them; public schools are filled with their children. On the basis of such complaints, many people are angry and want to close the border to new illegal immigrants and deport those who are already here.
They want to keep new illegal immigrants out with fences along the border. It is not clear whether the fences would contain intermittent watchtowers with searchlights and machine guns. The illegal immigrants who are already here would be ferreted out by threatening anyone who employed them with severe penalties and making it a criminal offense not to report them.
I agree — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 21:02
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