Epistemology Without Weights and the Mistake Objectivism and Critical Rationalism Both Made

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Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Sun, 2013-07-07 17:14

Objectivists accuse Popperians of being skeptics. Popperians accuse Objectivists of being infallibilists. Actually, both philosophies are valuable and largely compatible.

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Science Set Free

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Submitted by gregster on Sun, 2013-07-07 12:52

Interesting talk, I'm not convinced in some avenues, such as "morphic resonance" but take a look.

Rupert Sheldrake after researching old handbooks of physical constants:


How the Tea Party Can Save America and the World – a Plea From New Zealand

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Submitted by gregster on Sun, 2013-07-07 08:49

"I write this on the verge of tears as I remember the amazing patriots, thinkers and activists I have met on my four speaking tours of your amazing country.


It's a Funny Old Life

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2013-07-06 12:15

It's a long time since I ruined a dinner party. That's because people who give dinner parties know I ruin them, and don't invite me.

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False Dichotomies, Package Deals, and Karl Popper

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Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Fri, 2013-07-05 04:11

Karl Popper is often misunderstood because he says the debates for several major philosophy issues involve a false dichotomy. The question is misconceived; both sides are wrong; a new way is needed.


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Happy Birthday, Suckers!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2013-07-04 08:11

Normally at this time of year I'd simply reprise one of my earlier July 4 eulogies to the greatness of America and be content with that. To do so again would not be appropriate.

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Egypt Revolts Against Islamists and Obama

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2013-07-04 03:39

Egypt Revolts Against Islamists and Obama
By Edward Hudgins

July 3, 2013 — The military coup in Egypt is a blow to Islamist totalitarians and a slap at their facilitator, Barack Obama.

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Evading the point. — by Richard Wiig on Thu, 2013-07-11 07:20
Thanks for that post, Terry. — by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2013-07-06 00:13
Ed Hudgins--Hardly Objectivism — by RationalMan on Fri, 2013-07-05 21:59

Objectivist and Popperian Epistemology

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Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Wed, 2013-07-03 17:14

Ayn Rand has the best moral philosophy ever invented. Karl Popper has the most important breakthrough in epistemology.

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Ayn the Great

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2013-07-03 16:07

Ayn Rand is the greatest philosopher by far of the past 2000 years. She is easily the most liberal thinker in the history of man.


KASS Music Gem: Marvellous Martha, Shining Schumann

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2013-07-03 07:12

Robert Schumann made several attempts to write a piano concerto. Only one survived the cutting room floor. This is it, replete with rapturous rapport between pianist and orchestra. A sublime affirmation of "the grandeur of man," a radiant riposte to Islamofilth and leftist pomowankery:

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Earlier version ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2013-07-22 05:51
New one for me. — by Olivia on Fri, 2013-07-05 06:33

DIM INTEGRATION

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Submitted by seddon on Mon, 2013-07-01 21:43

Does DIM mischaracterize Rand epistemology as fundamentally “integration?” Chapter One of the book is entitled “Integration.” He claims there that, “Integration, [Rand] said, was the key to underst


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A QUESTION ABOUT NOMINALISM

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Submitted by seddon on Sun, 2013-06-30 13:39

When Rand defines nominalism, the word “arbitrary” is included. For example, Rand writes on p.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Israel & Islam

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Submitted by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2013-06-29 22:30

A worthwhile read. I was going to post this to the permanent Islam thread, but I'm not sure which one it's going to be, or if one is up yet?

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I like Ayaan but... — by Doug Bandler on Tue, 2013-07-02 19:55

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Critical Review of Ayn Rand Contra Human Nature

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Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Sat, 2013-06-29 17:30

http://www.curi.us/1578-critic...

_Ayn Rand Contra Human Nature_ is a book attacking Ayn Rand. I criticize it extensively.

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Neurosurgeon recounts experience during coma

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Submitted by Rosie on Sat, 2013-06-29 05:30

Former sceptic, Eben Alexander, is a renown neuro-surgeon who has written an

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Rosie... — by Marcus on Thu, 2013-08-01 09:57

Freedom of speech in the UK, but only if you say what we want to hear.

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Submitted by Richard Wiig on Fri, 2013-06-28 08:57

You might have heard that Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer have been refused entry to the UK on the grounds that they are fascists intent on inciting people to unrest and violence.

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The Immigrational Ideal

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2013-06-28 00:09

Immigration is generally beneficial. It usually adds to a nation's economic wealth, military strength, and even intellectual power, and cultural riches.

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a possibility for the future — by Doug Bandler on Tue, 2013-07-02 02:43
Pro-Freedom Policy Alone — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2013-07-02 01:39

News from Leonard Peikoff

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2013-06-26 21:34

June 25, 2013

Dear Admirer of Ayn Rand:

Once every three weeks starting September 13, 2013, Dr. Leonard Peikoff will offer, by telephone, a new 15-lecture course: Writing for an Audience.


American Gov't Spying Cartoon

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2013-06-26 21:26


The Death of Privacy in America

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2013-06-23 16:56

Evidently the United States federal government is now monitoring every American bank and financial transaction whatsoever, while tapping every phone call, and reading every email.

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America: One Nation Under Allah — by gregster on Sun, 2013-06-30 09:13

Immigration and the Republican Death Spiral

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Tue, 2013-06-18 21:16

Immigration and the Republican Death Spiral
By Edward Hudgins

Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) rightly warns about the demise of the GOP if his party does not help pass reasonable immigration reform.

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THE INTENSION-EXTENSION DISTINCTION

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Submitted by seddon on Fri, 2013-06-14 17:14

In another post, I mentioned the distinction between the intension and extension. On pp. 104-6 of ITOE, Peikoff mentions and dismisses this dichotomy as “another artificial split . . .

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Republicans Help Virginia Evolve to Democrats

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2013-06-14 01:30

Republicans Help Virginia Evolve to Democrats

By Edward Hudgins

June 12, 2013 – Republican Party self-destruction is on display in Virginia as the E.W. Jackson, the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, is looking foolish for his assertion in a 2008 book that biological evolution is disproven because chimpanzees can’t talk:


Town Hall Upgrade a 'Sickening Waste'

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Submitted by Stephen Berry on Thu, 2013-06-13 15:15

Reagan Cutting, Affordable Wellington council candidate for Northern Ward has labelled Wellington City Council’s authorisation to spend $46 million on an upgrade of the town hall a “sickening waste of


Affordable City Candidates Stand Against 'Living Wage'

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Submitted by Stephen Berry on Thu, 2013-06-13 15:14

Reagan Cutting, Affordable Wellington Northern Ward candidate, says Wellington ratepayers have real cause for alarm following Wellington City Council’s vote to appropriate $250,000 toward implementing


Private Moon Bases and NASA’s Future Mission

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2013-06-12 17:24

Private Moon Bases and NASA’s Future Mission
By Edward Hudgins

June 11, 2012 -- A soon-to-be-released study on future activities in space suggests that private Moon bases could be a reality as early as 2020.

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Haha — by Jules Troy on Thu, 2013-06-13 03:19

Is Edward Snowden a hero?

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Submitted by administrator on Tue, 2013-06-11 08:47
Hell yes! His actions were moral.
83% (19 votes)
Hell no! Put him away for treason.
13% (3 votes)
Yes and no. It's a grey area.
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'Not Your Usual Hui' Patronises Homosexuals

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Submitted by Stephen Berry on Thu, 2013-06-06 06:21

“I would be hard pressed to argue that engagement with Auckland ratepayers and residents is not a core function of Auckland Council. Of course it is.

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ANTICIPATION

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Submitted by seddon on Fri, 2013-05-31 16:48

On another thread I was discussing Kant’s concept of phenomena and I suggested he means that we are not acquainted with the thing in itself but rather with our mode of knowing the thing in itself.


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The Enemy Within

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2013-05-30 11:08

Watching the high-quality, Cold War movie Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy [from 2011, based on the 1974 John le Carré novel] the thought occurs to me: the West was genuinely petrified of communist


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