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Rand Query

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Submitted by Mark Hubbard on Sat, 2014-12-13 22:47

Hopefully I'm not going daft, but I've always had it in my mind Atlas Shrugged had a previous working title of 'Last Man in the World' ... or something of that order?

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Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2014-12-16 17:07
Mark — by gregster on Tue, 2014-12-16 06:46
Cheers Kyrel I'd not known of — by Mark Hubbard on Tue, 2014-12-16 02:00

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Why Ayn Rand Wouldn't Find a Literary Agent Today: My Critique of Contemporary Literature (Oh, And JM Keynes)

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Submitted by Mark Hubbard on Tue, 2014-12-02 22:17

 

I left Lindsay’s generous blogging umbrella roughly two years ago to try and gain a profile of my own from which to maybe market a novel (still in progress). If my blog was heading for a particular place, then it’s my recent post on the state of contemporary English literature, which on the way answers why Ayn Rand most probably wouldn’t find an agent today, let alone a publisher. There are several footnotes back to SOLO.

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Appearance 2 — by Mark Hubbard on Thu, 2014-12-04 19:17
Appearances 1 — by Mark Hubbard on Thu, 2014-12-04 19:14
Thanks Linz, Gregster & — by Mark Hubbard on Thu, 2014-12-04 08:39

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Turan Dursun

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Submitted by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2014-08-30 22:37

An ex Imam, assassinated by jihadist savages in 1990.


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Mankind's Doomsday?

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2014-03-22 00:44

Eugenic superhumans, self-aware computers, and superior space aliens are extremely unlikely to enslave or exterminate mankind. This is so, no matter how much we well deserve it!

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I'd back you on this one Kyrel — by gregster on Thu, 2014-05-08 04:50
Mankind's Final and Worst Mistake Ever? — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2014-05-03 17:11
Food for Thought — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2014-04-02 02:56

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The Language of Liberation

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2014-03-01 07:20

We may need a new vocabulary for political liberty. Some of the current and accepted welfare state language -- even going back over 5000 years, to Sumaria and Eqypt -- seems loose and awful.


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BISSELL ON DIM-PART II

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Submitted by seddon on Fri, 2013-12-27 16:41

In this post, I want to talk about the section “Syllogisms and DIM Mixtures: A Not So Ominous Parallel” in Roger Bissell’s review of DIM in the December, 2013 issue of JARS.


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BISSELL ON DIM

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Submitted by seddon on Fri, 2013-12-27 14:28

Bissell on DIM

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DIM and Dull — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2013-12-31 18:27
gregster — by seddon on Tue, 2013-12-31 17:00
Fred — by gregster on Tue, 2013-12-31 05:15

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Rachmaninoff Prelude in G minor

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Submitted by Richard G McGrath on Thu, 2013-12-26 21:30

Another post, while I still can. One of my favourite pieces of classical music, one which really stirs my soul, played by Valentina Lisitsa:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...


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Jamie Whyte

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Submitted by Richard G McGrath on Thu, 2013-12-26 20:59

My one and only blog entry on SOLO while I still can, this is perhaps more politics than philosophy, but it concerns a philosopher (ex-Cambridge University lecturer no less) who may be able to pull th


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SCHOPENHAUER ON KANT

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Submitted by seddon on Tue, 2013-11-26 21:57

I write the post in order to recommend Schopenhauer to Soloists. Specifically, the Appendix to his magnum opus, The World as Will and Representation. Now why should this be of interest to Soloists?

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Lindsay — by seddon on Sat, 2013-11-30 21:09
Fred — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2013-11-29 20:24
Lindsay — by seddon on Fri, 2013-11-29 19:47

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'They're Made Out of Meat'

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2013-11-14 06:17

Remarkably good and brief sci-fi story from 1990 by Terry Bisson: http://www.terrybisson.com/pag...

Excerpt:

They're Made Out of Meat

by Terry Bisson


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Selfishness or Selffulness, Does It Matter?

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Submitted by Pepe Estrepo on Tue, 2013-10-22 19:51

Lindsay Perigo’s idea of replacing the concept of selfishness with selffulness, or something similar, is a bright light of forward thinking in a rather conformist Objectivist culture that often treats Ayn Rand as the living God.

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Pepe — by tvr on Tue, 2013-10-29 01:15
If you read my posts you — by Pepe Estrepo on Mon, 2013-10-28 19:44
Pepe — by tvr on Fri, 2013-10-25 02:24

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Ted Cruz. Leader.

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Submitted by Michael Moeller on Fri, 2013-10-18 21:09

THIS Objectivist wants to take off his hat and salute the heroic actions of conservative Ted Cruz.

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Pepe — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2013-10-28 21:55
Lindsay — by Pepe Estrepo on Mon, 2013-10-28 20:05
Linz, I Will CRUSH You! — by Michael Moeller on Sat, 2013-10-26 21:48

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An Amusing "First" for The Great Romantic Revolution in The Arts

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Submitted by Walter Donway on Fri, 2013-09-06 00:19

From Romantic Revolution Books, this evening...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

The Nude Maja
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TVR: a wonderful sidelight on this topic — by Walter Donway on Fri, 2013-09-06 14:51
An Unamusing "First" For Stamp Collectors — by tvr on Fri, 2013-09-06 08:03

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Redlining Syria and Redlining Iran

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Submitted by Walter Donway on Wed, 2013-09-04 21:56

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/....

Our ever-reliable ally, Israel, is urging President Obama to attack Syria. Or so says this article in the Huff post. It makes sense; Israel and the American-Israeli lobby want all our foreign policy to be in the national self-interest--of Israel.

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Kyrel — by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2013-09-07 20:16
Walter — by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2013-09-07 20:04
Lindsay, thanks for the warm welcome to SOLO! — by Walter Donway on Sat, 2013-09-07 18:32

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Ubiquitous Gov't Spying in America

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2013-08-19 08:36

Recent cartoon about America's National Security Agency:


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Brian

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Submitted by RationalMan on Sat, 2013-08-17 13:06
Brian

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Ayn Rand's last interview

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2013-08-16 07:59

This was posted yesterday on Facebook as the last interview (not complete though).

I can't be sure, but the information says it was 4 months before her death.

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Thanks for that Marcus — by gregster on Fri, 2013-08-30 09:50

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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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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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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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Pat Condell defends EDL, Geller and Spencer — by Rosie on Sat, 2013-07-06 08:10
Hope — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2013-07-05 00:14
Britain Heading Towards A Civil War With Islam — by Rosie on Thu, 2013-07-04 21:27

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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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Personal note — by seddon on Fri, 2013-06-14 17:31

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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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Tribute to Reason, Human Genius, and Engineering Prowess

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2013-05-14 02:02

Remarkable video from the U.S. Space Shuttle:

www.io9.com/5893615/absolutely...


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Death to Democracy!

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2013-05-07 00:58

Democracy is truly a moronic and slimy political value and social organization principle. Why trust, and be guided by, the man in the street, when he is usually an ignorant bastard from hell?

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Aye — by Jules Troy on Tue, 2013-05-07 04:19

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Proportionality vs. Justice and Victory

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2013-04-14 17:32

The way Israel deals with the Arabs, South Korea with North Korea, India with Pakistan, and America with the Muslims is absurd and outrageous.

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Ugh.. — by Jules Troy on Mon, 2013-04-15 07:47
Resources — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2013-04-15 05:31
Intellectually Out to Lunch — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2013-04-15 05:13

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Margaret Thatcher is dead!

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2013-04-08 12:02

From a stroke!

Just heard on the radio. More details when I have them.

Sad, at what we have lost!


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Jeremy Irons: Libertarian!

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2013-04-04 17:06
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Brilliant! — by mvardoulis on Fri, 2013-04-12 05:31
Oh he is... — by Marcus on Tue, 2013-04-09 09:06
Nice One Mr. Irons — by gregster on Tue, 2013-04-09 08:54

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APRIL RACH

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Submitted by seddon on Thu, 2013-04-04 16:27

It's that time again, folks. Time to celebrate the birth of Sergei Rachmaninoff. I have my Steinway loaded with his sheet music and I'll be listening to him all month. Enjoy, Soloists.

Fred

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That was fantastic... — by Olivia on Fri, 2013-04-05 20:30
Well ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2013-04-05 10:06

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KANT ON CREATION

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Submitted by seddon on Wed, 2013-04-03 13:47

All, or certainly most, Objectivists agree that Kant says we CREATE the phenomenal world. For the latest installment of this claim, see Peikoff’s THE DIM HYPOTHESIS, p.

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Linz — by seddon on Tue, 2013-05-21 23:33
Then ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2013-05-20 23:18
Linz — by seddon on Mon, 2013-05-20 22:42

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