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Reprise—Provocative Post!

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Submitted by Casey on Sat, 2005-12-10 21:15

[Note from Linz: Here is a gauntlet being laid down by Casey Fahy.

Recent Comments:
Hmmmmm... — by Michael Stuart Kelly on Sat, 2005-12-17 19:52
Edit — by eg on Sat, 2005-12-17 17:02
The same to you — by Michael Stuart Kelly on Sat, 2005-12-17 10:10

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Homosexuality and Feminism in Objectivism

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Submitted by Stephen Whittington on Sat, 2005-12-10 10:47

From my limited readings of Ayn Rand's novels, it seems to me that her view of the female (as lesser than the man - at least, that's the case that Nathaniel Branden formulates) is somewhat bizarre. If this is the case, does this suggest women are of less moral worth than the male? If that is not the conclusion one can draw, then what is?

Recent Comments:
Ted - "Tekla" — by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-10-05 18:12
I'd love to pick your brain at dinner some time — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-10-05 09:37
Ted - "Sookin" — by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-10-05 07:34

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New Web site for TOC

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Submitted by bidinotto on Fri, 2005-12-09 18:30

The Objectivist Center has unveiled a brand-new Web site -- updated, more contemporary, far easier to navigate -- at:

www.objectivistcenter.org

The Objectivist Center

A vast archive of information about Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and TOC is available on the site -- including all past issues of its magazines Navigator and The New Individualist. The separate Web site of The Atlas Society has also been folded into the new design.

Enjoy!

Robert Bidinotto, Editor,
The New Individualist

Recent Comments:
New TOC web site — by Kenny on Mon, 2005-12-12 21:15
Latest TNI — by bidinotto on Mon, 2005-12-12 18:49
I assume that latest issue — by Robert Malcom on Mon, 2005-12-12 03:03

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purrrrr

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Submitted by katdaddy on Fri, 2005-12-09 13:20

Property of the Colonel, if found please return to the kitchen.

Recent Comments:
Bloggin' togetha' — by Michael Stuart Kelly on Sat, 2005-12-10 07:17
*shakes a box of kibble and — by stormyeyes on Fri, 2005-12-09 15:01

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Sorry, I won't be attending my trial today...

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Submitted by atlascott on Wed, 2005-12-07 15:03

Can someone explain to me how an accused who is already under arrest can simply refuse to go to his trial?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/200...

This trial is shaping up to be a complete farce, and the evidence is mounting that it should have been done outside Iraq by the UN or some other body.  The Iraqis do not understand enough about it to understand that they have the stinker in custody.  "I'm not going to my trial" is not an option.

Recent Comments:
Correct, Bob. I've always — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-06-02 02:22
Ross: How Hermann Goering Died — by bobkolker on Fri, 2006-06-02 01:59
The story of the Nuremberg — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2005-12-07 22:22

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More weasel words [on vilification law reform]

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Submitted by Andrew Bates on Sun, 2005-12-04 22:47

 

[Australian State of Victoria] Premier Bracks fails to deliver on his promise to soften his racial vilification laws. ...

In a deep hole, Bracks has called for a longer shovel. And with it, he'll bury your right to free speech.

 

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,17427573^25717,00.html


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This and That

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2005-12-04 21:40

[Listen to this announcement]

A few reflections after the first few days of SOLO's new incarnation here at SOLOPassion.com:

There was some debate prior to the rebirth as to the legitimacy of "entertainment" as a value on a site like this. For me there is no debate. If SOLOPassion is not entertaining, it is falling down on part of its job—to educate and inform in an entertaining way. There is no entertainment/education dichotomy here. "Entertaining" doesn't necessarily mean "creating a laugh a minute," though humour is decidedly a value here also—it does mean educating and informing in a way that is stimulating and arresting, rather than in a cold monotone more suited to academia or people who have no sense of life-and-death urgency about the material they are purveying. The writers we have assembled here are all skilled in telling their story in a captivating way because they are passionate about it, and that's the way it'll stay. So yes, this is, unashamedly, an entertainment site—but of course, it's not just an entertainment site. Sassy, saucy, sizzling ... and salutary. That's SOLO.

Recent Comments:
Full set of dags accounted for — by Marcus on Wed, 2005-12-07 21:58
Whoever he is?! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2005-12-06 20:46
Bravo, who ever you are! — by Ciro D Agostino on Tue, 2005-12-06 16:08

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Science class

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Submitted by Ciro D Agostino on Sat, 2005-12-03 23:29
6th grade science  teacher, Mrs. Parks, asked her class, "Which human body part increases to  10 times its size when stimulated?"

No one answered until little  Molly stood up, angry, and said, "You should not be asking 6th  graders a question like that! I'm going to tell my parents, and  they will go and tell the principal, and you'll get fired!"

She  then sat back down. Mrs. Parks ignored her, and asked the question  again,   "Which body part increases to 10 times its size when stimulated??


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Machan’s Musings – A Heretical Essay on Wittgenstein

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Submitted by removed on Sat, 2005-12-03 10:01

The twentieth century has seen many philosophers pay a great deal of attention to the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein. It is especially his philosophy of language—i.e., his concern with the fundamental features and functions of our forms of awareness and communication—that has inspired much discussion. It is by way of an examination of language that Wittgenstein developed his theory of knowledge (although, granted, the idea that Wittgenstein had a theory of knowledge is itself controversial).

Yet Wittgenstein's approach is not to be confused with the content of his thinking. After all, hardly any philosopher could avoid an examination of language in the process of offering an account of human knowledge. Language would appear to be the only tangible and thus easily accessible feature of knowledge, though surely not its only feature. And the content of Wittgenstein's thinking, in the Philosophical Investigations [1] and On Certainty [2] testifies to the fact that he was not a crude behaviorist of the sort we might call someone whose epistemology focuses exclusively on language.

Recent Comments:
Logical Positivism — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2005-12-04 04:19
The days of the Vienna — by Ali Hassan Massoud on Sun, 2005-12-04 02:39

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A poem about Quebec City

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Submitted by Marty on Fri, 2005-12-02 23:38

QUEBEC -by Marty Lewinter Mighty walls along the waters Sloping city of glories past, Legacy of French sons and daughters, Dreams of empire that didn't last. Harbor master, gatekeeper, mighty portal! So warm under white wintery blanket so cold! What spirit renders thee immortal? Ancient - though you don't grow old! Frosted glass and smooth carved stone, Defiant fortress aloof, alone. Smoke-topped dwellings - winding street Flowing seaway at your feet. Weathered statue smooth to my hand, How tall and proud, how strong you stand. Silent witness - I'd lend both ears To hear the wisdom of a hundred years.

Recent Comments:
I like this too, Marty. — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-04-05 19:46
Terrific, Marty! — by James Heaps-Nelson on Wed, 2006-04-05 19:04

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Cue Card Libertarianism -- Economics

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2005-12-02 23:04

“The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer term effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.” – Henry Hazlitt, Economics in One Lesson.

Economics and those who practice it have a deservedly poor reputation. It has been called 'the dismal science'; it is also often said that if you laid all the world's economists end to end they would still never reach a conclusion; economists, it is also said, are number crunchers who, if they had any charisma would have become accountants. All this is, of course, true.


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Cue Card Libertarianism: 'No man is an island'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2005-12-02 22:58

No man is an island, says the poet... As for me, I see myself as a sort of a peninsula -- with a good bar located near my connection with the mainland.

The thing with the 'no man is an island' argument is that those who normally use that line have a wrong idea about individualism. They have an idea that 'individualism' is some kind of 'atomistic individualism' -- another line frequently used. But a genuine individualism has no need to be 'atomistic'; one of the pleasures of life is interacting with others, enjoying the pleasure of their company (and their drinks cabinet), gaining knowledge from those who have it, and trading with others to help achieve our values. Life without other people would be a pretty miserable existence.


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A Fairy Tale of Government

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2005-12-02 22:52

NZ HERALD: "A multimillion-dollar claim against the former Building Industry Authority (BIA) over an Auckland apartment complex with leaky building syndrome [picture right] has been struck out by the Court of Appeal...


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NZ businessmen ready to shrug?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2005-12-02 22:45

Will New Zealand businessmen 'shrug' -- or perhaps even go on strike? At least one person worries they will. "The danger is they simply put their cheque books away, they stop investing in capital, they stop hiring people and we could get to a point where we have a very good and very resilient economy that just stops." So says ANZ chief economist John McDermott, as quoted by a worried Chris Trotter. "To hear the idea of tax cuts dismissed as an "ideological burp" was almost certainly the final straw for many [local] business people," says Trotter.

And why wouldn't it be? As Gareth Morgan points out, the impact of 'ideological burps' has been to radically change the behaviour of taxpayers. And as I argued here at the time, cutting envy taxes makes us all rich. Keeping the shackles on the highly-productive only hampers the productive and the entrepreneurial -- who could blame them if they decided to go on strike.

Whatever the case, it's clear from a record-high NZ dollar that foreign investors aren't shrugging in their enthusiasm to invest in the New Zealand economy. High interest rates and confidence in the local economy are attracting foreign investment by the boatload, and pushing up the dollar. Gareth Morgan points out that investor's enthusiasm for the New Zealand economy is in contrast to the pessimism of Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard. Worse: Bollard's pessimism-fuelled interest rate hikes are in fact fuelling the investment/borrowing orgy that has Bollard so worried, and at the same time revealing as illusory the idea that the governor has the tools with which to control inflation.

To sum up. If those supplying capital to this debtor nation do not concur that there are serious economic imbalances to worry about, the central bank is extremely limited in its ability to control inflation. This limitation is all the more severe if there are lending institutions beyond the sphere of influence of the Reserve Bank.


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Staff

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Submitted by administrator on Fri, 2005-12-02 05:20

Lindsay Perigo Lindsay Perigo - Founder & Principal (King of KASS)


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FAQ

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Submitted by administrator on Thu, 2005-12-01 21:31

Here are the questions most frequently asked of the site administrators. If you have a suggestion for a new entry please post a comment & we'll look into it.


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Today's Reprise—A poem for the New SOLO

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Submitted by Casey on Thu, 2005-12-01 21:07

The Mirror

O, this world that turns and ages with us,
Sprouting green and stretching tall.
We see its seeds elongate and divide:
Unrepeatable things,
That come to flower and fruition,
And go to seed and pass away,

Recent Comments:
Casey, just so you know I — by Lanza Morio on Mon, 2005-12-05 15:48
Carlos, my little cookie — by Ashley on Mon, 2005-12-05 13:18
Damn! I wish you guys — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2005-12-05 06:49

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Benefactors

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Submitted by administrator on Thu, 2005-12-01 09:59

Welcome!

Recent Comments:
Ciro D'Agostino — by Ciro D Agostino on Sat, 2006-02-11 01:15
lol, Jason, I can read the — by Ciro D Agostino on Sat, 2006-02-11 01:09
Better yet — by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-02-10 23:38

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State of the Union

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Submitted by administrator on Thu, 2005-12-01 07:57

[This post is brought to you today by Julian Pistorius and Duncan Bayne, the SOLOPassion webmasters]

Greetings, and welcome to the new home of SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists!

The first thing you'll need to do is sign up for a new account so you can log in to the site.

Once you've done that, you'll see that SOLOPassion already provides much of the functionality of the old site, but with 25% fewer calories (noticeable if you're trying to fit into that slinky summer dialup pipe). You can create yourself an account, submit stories, post comments, chew the fat in the Forums, and vote on (and create) polls. For those with a technological bent, there is an RSS feed available, so you can keep up to date with the very latest on the site.


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Woman in Blue (Michael Newberry, 1981)

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Submitted by Newberry on Wed, 2005-11-30 11:35
Woman in Blue (Michael Newberry, 1981)
Recent Comments:
Thanks Olivia! Yes, I was — by Newberry on Fri, 2008-10-24 00:14
Mark: "I remain suspicious — by Newberry on Thu, 2008-10-23 23:33
Michael... — by Olivia on Thu, 2008-10-23 22:49

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Esthetics

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Submitted by administrator on Wed, 2005-11-30 11:27

Woman in Blue, Michael Newberry, 1981

What is Esthetics?

Esthetics is the study of art. It includes what art consists of, as well as the purpose behind it. Does art consist of music, literature, and painting? Or does it include a good engineering solution, or a beautiful sunset? These are the questions that aimed at in esthetics. It also studies methods of evaluating art, and allows judgments of the art. Is art in the eye of the beholder? Does anything that appeals to you fit under the umbrella of art? Or does it have a specific nature? Does it accomplish a goal?


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Politics

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Submitted by administrator on Wed, 2005-11-30 11:26

What is Politics?

Politics is ethics applied to a group of people.

Why is this Important?

Politics tells you how a society must be set up and how one should act within a society. Except for hermits, this comes up a lot.

What is a rational Politics?

The requirement for a political system is that the individuals within that system are allowed to fully function according to their nature. If that's not the case, they will either rebel, as in Czarist Russia, or the system will eventually collapse, as in Communist Russia.

Reason is man's prime means of survival. A human being can not survive in an environment where reason is ineffective, and will thrive or starve to a degree in proportion to the effectiveness of reason. This means that the prime goal of a political system must be the preservation and enabling of the faculty of reason.


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Ethics

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Submitted by administrator on Wed, 2005-11-30 11:22

What is Ethics?

Ethics is the branch of study dealing with what is the proper course of action for man. It answers the question, "What do I do?" It is the study of right and wrong in human endeavors. At a more fundamental level, it is the method by which we categorize our values and pursue them. Do we pursue our own happiness, or do we sacrifice ourselves to a greater cause? Is that foundation of ethics based on the Bible, or on the very nature of man himself, or neither?

Why is Ethics important?

Ethics is a requirement for human life. It is our means of deciding a course of action. Without it, our actions would be random and aimless. There would be no way to work towards a goal because there would be no way to pick between a limitless number of goals. Even with an ethical standard, we may be unable to pursue our goals with the possibility of success. To the degree which a rational ethical standard is taken, we are able to correctly organize our goals and actions to accomplish our most important values. Any flaw in our ethics will reduce our ability to be successful in our endeavors.


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Epistemology

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Submitted by administrator on Wed, 2005-11-30 11:19

What is Epistemology?

Epistemology is the study of our method of acquiring knowledge. It answers the question, "How do we know?" It encompasses the nature of concepts, the constructing of concepts, the validity of the senses, logical reasoning, as well as thoughts, ideas, memories, emotions, and all things mental. It is concerned with how our minds are related to reality, and whether these relationships are valid or invalid.

Why is Epistemology important?

Epistemology is the explanation of how we think. It is required in order to be able to determine the true from the false, by determining a proper method of evaluation. It is needed in order to use and obtain knowledge of the world around us. Without epistemology, we could not think. More specifically, we would have no reason to believe our thinking was productive or correct, as opposed to random images flashing before our mind. With an incorrect epistemology, we would not be able to distinguish truth from error. The consequences are obvious. The degree to which our epistemology is correct is the degree to which we could understand reality, and the degree to which we could use that knowledge to promote our lives and goals. Flaws in epistemology will make it harder to accomplish anything.


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Metaphysics

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Submitted by administrator on Wed, 2005-11-30 11:15

What is Metaphysics?

Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy responsible for the study of existence. It is the foundation of a worldview. It answers the question "What is?" It encompasses everything that exists, as well as the nature of existence itself. It says whether the world is real, or merely an illusion. It is a fundamental view of the world around us.

Why is Metaphysics important?

Metaphysics is the foundation of philosophy. Without an explanation or an interpretation of the world around us, we would be helpless to deal with reality. We could not feed ourselves, or act to preserve our lives. The degree to which our metaphysical worldview is correct is the degree to which we are able to comprehend the world, and act accordingly. Without this firm foundation, all knowledge becomes suspect. Any flaw in our view of reality will make it more difficult to live.


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Objectivism 101

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Submitted by administrator on Wed, 2005-11-30 11:10

This Objectivism 101 section is a series of pages mirrored from another site, Importance of Philosophy. Here you will find articles about many aspects of and relating to Objectivism. The articles are extensively hyper-linked, so you can pretty much dive in anywhere and proceed from there. There is also a concept chart that shows graphically how some of the major ideas in Objectivism relate to one another.

These articles are divided up among the five branches of philosophy. Each branch studies a particular area and attempts to provide answers to some basic question.


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Objectivism

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2005-11-30 10:47

What is Objectivism?

Let its founder speak first. Asked to specify Objectivism's essentials standing on one foot, Ayn Rand, standing on one foot, said:

Recent Comments:
I would have — by Brant Gaede on Thu, 2010-02-04 17:25
Ah well Brant... — by Olivia on Thu, 2010-02-04 08:28
Solved! — by Brant Gaede on Thu, 2010-02-04 02:32

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Once More with Feeling!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2005-11-18 07:50

“He who fights for the future lives in it today.”

—Ayn Rand

[Listen to this announcement] When I founded SOLO™ it was with a view to finding kindred spirits who had eluded me thus far in the Objectivist world.

Recent Comments:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! — by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2005-12-31 18:07
Congratulations — by nevin on Sun, 2005-12-11 18:28
Congratulations Linz! — by Marcus on Fri, 2005-12-09 20:40

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SOLO Pilot Podcast #4

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Submitted by SOLO Podcasts on Tue, 2007-09-18 20:01
Recent Comments:
Update is that the civic — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2007-11-06 23:00
Hilarious — by Lance on Wed, 2007-09-19 22:46
Many thanks. Callum and I — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2007-09-19 14:26

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