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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.
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Total votes: 20
Submitted by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-04-09 20:32
Harry Binswanger has posted to his blog a superb clarification of the ethical and legal issues in immigration. In view of the unhealthy reticence with which this issue is treated by many "libertarians" and wanna-be-"Objectivists," here and elsewhere, go read.
We already have open immigration... — by atlascott on Mon, 2007-08-13 16:24
A hypothetical question — by Erik Christensen on Mon, 2007-08-13 03:28
Actually, the Atlasphere Isn't an "Affiliate" of Anyone — by Joshua Zader on Thu, 2006-04-13 19:51
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-04-09 01:09
I wrote this critique prior to changing my mind regarding the liberation of Iraq, but my analysis is still perfectly valid, and unfortunately, events have since proved my fears regarding the Interim Constitution well grounded.
It is entirely possible that the people of Iraq, being liberated from Hussein's yoke, may well yet vote themselves into the hellish nightmare of an Islamic theocracy - with the full support of their new Islam-based Constitution - and the Interim Constitution set the scene for that.
Sandi, Islam is a religion — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 17:25
Islam is a Mafia. — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-04-12 03:22
Submitted by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-04-08 23:42
I started this topic on Objectivist Living (and later moved it to Rebirth of Reason)
I've been rereading a book I bought quite a while ago lately. It's called "Comic Writers on Scriptwriting" and it has about a dozen or so interviews with a number of writers.
The writers in this book discuss the particular tricks different writers use. Some go out of their way to bounce ideas off people, others purposely hole themselves up like a hermit while in the creative process etc. But one thing that caught my attention was an interview with former Bat-Title writer Devin Grayson.
Since to make a living as a comic writer you have to write several titles at once (it usually averages out to having to write one or two issues a week of various titles) she has a lot of characters operating in her head. Not in the literal sense mind you, but a big part of her writing is just partitioning part of her mind off to BECOME the characters she's writing, they have their favorite spots to write in and more importantly their favorite music. This works in the sense that in order to be fully functioning as Dick Grayson, Selina Kyle, Natasha Romanav (etc...) she has to follow their musical tastes. She specifically listed how Selina (Catwoman) is kind of a suave smooth sophisticated person who just emanates grace, but oddly she has rather loud tastes in music. You see Selina likes music like Garbage, Alanis Morisette and "all those other rock chics."
I totally agree. It always — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-04-09 05:43
Music just doesn't stimulate — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-04-09 04:57
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-04-08 10:14
[The Ghost of Thomas Jefferson first appeared on SOLOHQ & in The Free Radical.]
President John Thomas Jefferson Smith turned to his uneasy secret service agents and waved for them to go away, outside, back into the night. He wanted to be left alone, in this dimly lit memorial, in this quiet place.
Have you ever tried to get — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-04-12 05:01
Whoa-eth! — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-04-12 04:59
Ah! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-04-12 04:26
Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Sat, 2006-04-08 05:28
99.99% — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2007-09-15 13:19
There you go! :-) — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2007-09-15 03:33
Gotta agree with Marcus here — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2007-09-14 15:59
Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Sat, 2006-04-08 05:13
Welcome to this new SOLO forum, dedicated entirely to Objectivist esthetics. It is long overdue, and I look forward to many enlightening, and stimulating discussions here.
I'll say — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-04-08 22:12
Submitted by Casey on Sat, 2006-04-08 03:02
The following proposition is a bold one for an amateur, but one which I believe may shed light on the special nature of human beings and perhaps demonstrate that there is, indeed, something special about human origin which is not shared by the rest of the animal kingdom. I must preface this essay with the confession that I am not a trained naturalist, anthropologist or biologist but I have studied these fields avidly from my armchair all of my life. And I'm an atheist, too.
Scientific reasoning . . . Objectivist style — by 0 on Tue, 2012-02-14 16:05
Re: Julian Jaynes and the movie "Altered States" — by 0 on Tue, 2012-02-14 14:52
WOW! — by Jules Troy on Tue, 2012-02-14 11:50
Submitted by seddon on Sat, 2006-04-08 02:04
A spectre is haunting the philosophy of sex in the writings of Aquinas and Kant. It is curious, very curious, that Aquinas, Rand’s second favorite philosopher, and Kant, Rand’s least favorite philosopher (he was after all the most evil man in the northern part of southeast Koenigsburg) share a position (no, not the missionary)—masturbation. They’re against it. And there arguments are almost identical. Sex is made for procreation and no matter how good you get at wacking off, you’re not going to procreate. That’s the hard truth. Be erect, and take it like a man. Masturbation is a no-no.
Gavin — by seddon on Tue, 2008-08-12 14:29
Gilson — by Gaven on Tue, 2008-08-12 13:14
Gavin — by seddon on Mon, 2008-08-11 15:25
Submitted by seddon on Sat, 2006-04-08 01:21
On pp.2-3 of Manfred Kuehn's book KANT: A BIOGRAPHY we read,
Neil — by seddon on Mon, 2006-04-10 02:17
Fred — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2006-04-09 23:57
Jefferson — by PhilipC on Sun, 2006-04-09 21:35
Submitted by removed on Sat, 2006-04-08 01:08
After having taught college for nearly forty years, I can report that a great many teachers use their class rooms to preach, not to teach. (The same is reportedly the case in secondary schooling but I am not qualified to speak to that.)
In the tradition of liberal education, which is what is supposed to guide the profession of teaching, when professors enter the classroom, they are supposed to present to their students facts about the subject matter and, where appropriate, the variety of viewpoints that have gained prominence concerning it. The former approach is mainly associated with the natural sciences, the latter with the humanities and social sciences. Of course, facts are involved in both and even where there are different viewpoints afoot, it doesn’t mean they are all equally sound. But because they have all gained respectability, the professor is not supposed to take sides. He or she is supposed to familiarize students with these prominent perspectives and leave it to the students to decide which position is the most reasonable.
Submitted by Marnee on Sat, 2006-04-08 00:40
What does the fashionable and freedom loving girl wear to a protest? Well, take a lesson from 10 year old Zoe Hinkle of Pittsburgh.
This little Dagny Taggart is making a bold fashion statement about her freedom to make choices. But the oh so Progressive School Board says no!
Im not advocating young — by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2006-04-08 07:58
Progressives & My Hyperbole — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-04-08 06:02
I know Gene. It was a great — by Jody Gomez on Sat, 2006-04-08 04:53
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.
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
Submitted by JoeM on Fri, 2006-04-07 07:31
Another inspiring item from Philadelphia news:
Comcast is building a new skyscraper in Philadelphia. They've decided to go with waterless urinals, already tested in a public school with success. The new technology promises to save water and provide a more efficient system. Wow! Progress! Innovation! All's well, right?
Flash Drive — by Jmaurone on Fri, 2008-10-10 15:10
Sorry to re-open a dead — by Callum McPetrie on Fri, 2008-10-10 08:36
It would be so nice... — by JoeM on Fri, 2006-04-07 22:59
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-04-07 03:42
Radio Live: Fri April 14, 10am - 2pm; Sunday April 16, 12pm - 4pm; Monday April 17, 2pm - 6pm; NEWSFLASH!! - every Sunday thereafter, 12pm - 4pm!
TVNZ, Eye to Eye: Saturday, April 22, 8am, against Hone Harawira, MP, on his proposal to ban smoking altogether!
"Well you did poke her ..." — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-04-26 14:08
Well, you *did* poke her — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-04-26 11:16
Did the cameras .. — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-04-26 08:59
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-04-07 00:56
SOLOPassion is currently consuming too much CPU time - i.e., the server we share with a number of other sites is having to spend too much time serving our site, and DreamHost aren't overly happy about it. If we continue using as much CPU time as we are, we will need to move to our own dedicated server, which would cost more money.
So, I'm dealing with DreamHost support to resolve the issue, and have just switched on a bunch of logging to try to work out what parts of our code are consuming the most CPU time.
Anyway, I'll post here as soon as I have more information, which will be either Saturday or Sunday AM after some decent CPU usage logs have been generated.
Thanks - still no detailed — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-04-18 21:01
Good work Duncan. — by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-04-14 02:36
Right, after working through — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-04-14 01:39
Submitted by Robert Campbell on Thu, 2006-04-06 15:01
Since Diana Hsieh is remarkably quick to impugn the scholarship of her "detractors," I thought it might be worthwhile to go through one of her own recent public statements about Objectivist scholarship, to see what standards it actually meets.
See my new blog entry — by Robert Campbell on Mon, 2006-08-07 15:07
Generally speaking — by eg on Sat, 2006-08-05 00:47
Two Inaccuracies — by DianaHsieh on Fri, 2006-08-04 21:34
Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-04-06 14:09
Having just read today’s New York Times’ lead page-one article titled “Massachusetts Sets Health Plan for Nearly All,” I think I know what it must be like to live in some place like Caracas and participate in a popular celebration of the joyous wonders wrought by La Revolución. That’s certainly the spirit of the article.
From within the fiasco — by Stephen K. on Tue, 2006-04-11 04:12
This won't fail. It won't be — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-04-07 04:47
I hope this is seen as a failure very quickly. — by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-04-06 14:39
Submitted by William E. Perry on Thu, 2006-04-06 13:50
I think that the invitation of Barbara Branden to speak at The Objectivist Center summer seminar was inappropriate based on her recent conduct. I attempted to stop the invitation based upon judgment of her by the standards of David Kelley in _The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand_. Although my views on judgment are far different than Kelley’s I was attempting to function within the context of the organization and its views.
Ciro, — by Casey on Wed, 2006-04-12 08:05
Ciro — by eg on Wed, 2006-04-12 05:04
Mr. Valliant, what if BB — by Ciro D Agostino on Wed, 2006-04-12 04:39
Submitted by Scott Wilson on Thu, 2006-04-06 07:59
On the BBC website there is a poll for the most Moving Words quoted in English for all time. The poll is here:
The results so far are:
Results so far:
Of Those Listed.... — by Dan Edge on Sat, 2006-04-08 02:46
~~ Since 'The List' doesn't — by Rowlf on Sat, 2006-04-08 02:40
Yeah! — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Fri, 2006-04-07 15:35
Submitted by Rick Giles on Thu, 2006-04-06 03:23
We don't know how lucky we are. We don't know how proficious are the circumstances, Kiwis.
I know that since I've been away Paul Homes left TVNZ, and for a while there were three post-news current affairs shows. But thankfully we in Enzed have not yet devolved to the state of presenting and consuming tabloid news shows among ourselves.
Ain't no doubt — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2006-04-07 04:43
Frontline was brilliant. As — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-04-06 06:29
Submitted by JoeM on Thu, 2006-04-06 03:22
Watching the news here...there's a Home Depot in Cherry Hill, New Jersey where a goose has decided to take up residence on the roof. Said Goose is swooping down at customers in the parking lot, being a nuisance and potentially a danger. So why is it still there? Home Depot has to file paperwork with the government and have the goose removed humanely. Then, on speculation that the goose is guarding ducklings, we get to see an interview with an real authority on why the goose should be allowed to remain, a little girl who wants the goose to be safe.
Foi Gras, anyone?
Bastards! — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-09-19 01:20
Foie Paux — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-09-19 00:29
Foi-ble — by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-09-18 14:35
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-04-06 02:38
Progress is unpredictable. Great ideas and advances in one field can impact unpredictably in others. And some of the best ideas are often obvious once they're done. Exhibit A: light-transmitting concrete.
Just add optical glass glass-fibres to concrete and, hey presto, light-transmitting concrete. I can't wait to use it.
the Jefferson memorial — by mvardoulis on Tue, 2007-07-03 01:02
Credits and Correction — by Stephen Boydstun on Sun, 2007-07-01 17:11
More Light — by Stephen Boydstun on Sun, 2007-07-01 13:03
Submitted by Jody Gomez on Thu, 2006-04-06 02:20
Though as we know, ID is a modern euphemism designed to make creationism more stealth-like, so I'm not sure if nailing the coffin shut will ever silence this living-dead creature.
Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Wed, 2006-04-05 23:23
No, this is not for SOLO Thrust... It's an interesting study recently published by Swiss researchers:
The Bigger the Better? Evidence of the Effect of Government Size on Life Satisfaction around the World
If this is true, then look — by Pete L on Wed, 2006-04-05 23:59
Submitted by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2006-04-05 22:01
I was on just Mises.org and I noticed they have their own chatroom. I couldn't test all of the functionality, but the software seems much better then what we are using now. I'm not sure how easy it would be to integrate this into SOLO but this is the kind of thing we should look into using.
I've just realised that this — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-04-19 04:29
Yup. I concur with Ross. — by Julian Pistorius on Thu, 2006-04-06 02:42
Jason, it does look better, — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-04-06 02:12
Submitted by PhilipC on Wed, 2006-04-05 21:05
There is disagreement on this in Objectivist circles on everything from the War in Iraq to how to deal with the Danish cartoons issue and the threat of intimidation to whether we should nuke Teheran and more broadly whether we are fighting terrorism properly. It's not a set of debates primarily over theory or over Objectivism, but over practice, application, concretes. Over everything from the nature of Islam to when and how to apply force in countering threats and aggression.
I'm going to start by pulling over a post I just made regarding Borders' bookstore withdrawing a magazine carrying the cartoons from its shelves. [This was over on the 'Announcement' thread, where it started with a post by Diana Hsieh. I'm moving it because it's not the real topic of that thread, the reasons someone left an Objectivist organization or the organization itself.] That topic will follow immediately, but anything on how to fight terrorism, whether in an outright war, what to do about intimidation, issues of civil liberties such as the Patriot Act would fit on this thread.
Proper 'tactics'-vs-Evaluations of tacticians — by Rowlf on Thu, 2006-04-06 02:29
Pulling Magazines off the Shelves; Giving In to Intimidation — by PhilipC on Wed, 2006-04-05 21:16
Submitted by JoeM on Wed, 2006-04-05 17:31
"Like a little music with your meal, Tuco?
-The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
In Celebration of Jennifer Iannolo's podcasts appearing on iTunes (yeah!), and her collaborations with Adam Buker (New York Cheesecake):
What kind of music do you recommend with a fine meal? Is there a preferred genre of music for certain varieties? Do you find that music does, indeed, aid in the digestion? Do you tip the violing player at the table to play or go away?
(If you have the white trash pedigree like me, you've probably come to associate "Sweet Home Alabama" with backyard barbeques!)
Right on! — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-04-06 03:37
Oh, lots of Creedence for — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-04-06 02:51
And I have to add — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-04-06 01:49
Submitted by JoeM on Wed, 2006-04-05 17:16
Rhythm Versus Melody continued: Extensional versus. Intensional
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-04-05 02:57
I've noticed that there are now eight 'sticky' articles on the front page; this means a lot of scrolling before any new content appears. I think this might be a few too many - but how many should there be? Personally I'm in favour of no more than four at any given time. NB: This article is staff-only.
And ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-04-05 22:16
Recent Posts — by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2006-04-05 17:07
Ha! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-04-05 09:38
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-05 01:02
Reading a puff-piece the other day about the Rolling Stones' impending world tour, a piece of research was quoted that suggested our 'cultural choices' (or some such phrase) are all made between the ages of fifteen to thirty, following which we all apparently seek to recapture and reprise the thrill first felt in the first flush of adulthood.
This, said the journalist about the research, explains such phenomena as the constant repackaging and re-selling of CDs and albums of arthritic rockers, the $umpteen squillion Jimi Hendrix Rock'n'Roll Museum in Seattle (paid for with Paul Allen's Microsoft winnings), and the bland dreck played on expensive sound equipment emanating from the car windows of too many highly-paid middle-aged middle executives - 'life in the fast lane' - 'I can't get no satisfaction' - 'all in all we're just another lame-brain in the wall' - bleecch.
James V:I "hear" sincerity, — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-04-12 07:45
Sincerity — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2006-04-08 13:40
Hey James... — by Lanza Morio on Sat, 2006-04-08 05:02
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