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  1. Hi Everyone, On June 25th Andrew Bernstein will be giving a talk in Toronto titled "The Case for Ending Drug Prohibition". Event details can be found here: https://goo.gl/6qysLg When: Thursday, June 25th - 7:30pm to 10pm Where: Room 116 - 200 College Street Wallberg Building - University of Toronto Admission: Free (Donations Welcome)
  2. "Mathematics is About the World: How Ayn Rand's Theory of Concepts Unlocks the False Alternatives Between Plato's Mathematical Universe and Hilbert's Game of Symbols" by Robert E Knapp (Author) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/150055197X/ref=s9_simh_co_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=typ-top-left-1&pf_rd_r=085F92VRCMZBGJ6PDY5T&pf_rd_t=3201&pf_rd_p=1827489602&pf_rd_i=typ01 Can't wait to read this.
  3. New Objectivism based Math Book

    That's insane. Maybe call Amazon and see if they can resolve this issue? They have really great customer service.
  4. Rituparna Basu in Toronto

    Hi Everyone, The Toronto Objectivist Committee is bringing Rituparna Basu to Toronto on March 4th. Here's the Description: You can join the event on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/738934659463702/748841595139675/ Just Right Media has donated their video services and will upload the event to YouTube eventually. The event will not be live streamed. Hope you guys can attend and/or spread the word! You can also support the event here: http://igg.me/at/canadianhealthcare Conrad
  5. Yaron Brook in Toronto

    Bringing Yaron Brook to Toronto! May 6th, 2013. http://Yaronto.com/ I hope that those of you living in Toronto can make it. Here's the press release: “The Morality of Capitalism” May 6, 2013: A talk in Toronto by ARI executive director Dr. Yaron Brook What: A talk about the nature of capitalism and its importance in our lives Where: University of Toronto Medical Sciences Building 1 King’s College Circle Room 3153 When: Monday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Admission: Free. A donation at the door ($10 suggested) will be gratefully accepted, however. Description: Capitalism has an undisputed record of wealth generation, yet it has always functioned under a cloud of moral suspicion. In a culture that venerates Mother Teresa as a paragon of virtue, businessmen sit in stoic silence while their pursuit of profits is denounced as selfish greed. In this talk, Dr. Yaron Brook—executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute and co-author ofFree Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government—will demonstrate how Ayn Rand’s revolutionary ethics of rational self-interest supply the moral foundation that previous proponents of capitalism lacked. Dr. Brook will explain why individual rights are crucial for capitalism’s survival—why productivity and profit, the “selfish greed” that conservatives abhor, are not vices but cardinal virtues. Bio: Yaron Brook (MBA, University of Texas at Austin; PhD, Finance, University of Texas at Austin) is the executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. He is a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and many other publications. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs and is co-author with ARI fellow Don Watkins of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government. Get more info: http://yaronto.com/ Support the event: http://igg.me/at/yaronTO Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ObjectivismTO
  6. Prime Numbers

    Hi guys, I’d like to know more about prime numbers. I understand that they are natural numbers (1, 2, 3, etc…) that can only be divided by 1 and themselves. But apart from that I don’t know their significance and I’d like to get a better understanding about how to think about them. Here are my questions about them: Are there any interesting implications about them? What are some common questions about them that are wrong… ie: How old is the universe? Any properties one should always be considering when thinking about primes?
  7. Prime Numbers

    ...because if there is a pattern to their reoccurrence then wouldn't that be considered a relationship between them?
  8. Prime Numbers

    Here are my thoughts so far about Prime Numbers: Let me start with a definition of "Division" - Division is separating a large group of uniform units into smaller uniform groups. Thus, the meaning of "divisible only by 1 and itself" means... - A Prime Number is a group of uniform units that cannot be separated into smaller uniform groups. If one attempted to separate a prime into smaller uniform groups, one would find that there would remain one group that is different than all the others. In the quest to discover the pattern for finding Prime Numbers one is asking what is common among all groups that cannot be divided into smaller uniform groups? My question: Is there necessarily a pattern? Which would mean there is a relationship between all Prime Numbers.
  9. Prime Numbers

    I'll give the book a try on Saturday. Thanks. But I was also hoping that we could post some interested bits on the forum.
  10. Hey Guys, As I delve deeper into the world of science I know that I will come across theories that are good but probably many more that are total nonsense. For obvious reasons I would prefer to first give glance to those theories that are at least sound, if not yet proven beyond a doubt, as opposed to theories that are absurd but accepted mainstream; such as string theory, multi-universe theories, etc.. The topic is open to anything you know about in any field of science and does not have to be limited to the whole field; example: astronomy. But can be more specific; example: cosmology, stellar, etc... It might be useful to make a list of theories under the titles: Good theories(undeniable) Potentially good theories(that show potential, may be good but incomplete) Potentially bad theories(skeptical about) Bad theories(absurd, violate known facts). -But please feel free to post in any format you feel most comfortable. Good premises!
  11. The DIM Hypothesis by Leonard Peikoff

    Leonard Peikoff's DIM Hypothesis Q&A
  12. The Grey with Liam Neeson

    The Edge (1997), also a survival movie, is another such "anti-mysticism" movie, or a movie about not suspending reason in moments of crisis. Only, I remember The Edge delving deeper into philosophical issues than The Grey. If I am mistaken, at least it had many pro-reason quotes in it. It also features a successful businessman as the protagonist. Darrell, why didn't you start this thread in the Movie Review section? http://forums.4aynrandfans.com/index.php?showforum=79
  13. Les Misérables (2012)

    Are there any previous versions that you enjoyed?
  14. Here's a song I like, but what surprised me is that Marx uses the word "selfish" properly, and without negative connotation.
  15. Les Misérables (2012)

    So you're saying that it's a benevolent story?
  16. Les Misérables (2012)

    However, the lyrics in the theme song are really depressing. Do these lyrics capture the theme of the story? Why should I watch this film?
  17. Les Misérables (2012)

    Love the theme song and the harmonies.
  18. Environmental Debate: Epstein vs McKibben

    P.S. Betsy: I hope that you can fix my ugly formatting in my initial post.
  19. Alex Epstein challenged Bill McKibben to a debate plus offered a $10,000 (ten thousand dollar) incentive. McKibben accepted, and the debate was held last night at Duke University. The video has been posted to YouTube. McKibben was to argue that "fossil fuels are a risk to the planet" Epstein was to argue that "fossil fuels improve the planet" Bill McKibben is a globally known environmentalist who damns the fossil fuel industry as being "Public Enemy Number One" and has called for reducing fossil fuel consumption by 95%. Here is a recent article of his published in Rolling Stone Mag: http://bit.ly/RHl9dr Alex Epstein recently founded the Center for Industrial Progress: http://industrialprogress.net/. He is a long time advocate of Objectivism and has given many talks in this respect: http://arc-tv.com/ca...g/alex-epstein/. If you liked Alex's performance, please share the video and help give it attention.
  20. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    I agree with what Robert LeChevalier had to say about this movie: Link: http://robbservations.blogspot.ca/2012/09/flotsam-jetsam-and-lagan.html
  21. The DIM Hypothesis by Leonard Peikoff

    Dr. Peikoff to Livestream questions about his book. "Ayn Rand's heir, Dr. Leonard Peikoff, will be answering questions from students about his new book, "The DIM Hypothesis." The event will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/aynrandcenter/app_142371818162" Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:30pm until 4:45pm in PDT
  22. Peikoff on the presidential election

    Leonard Peikoff makes a statement about this election! http://www.peikoff.com/election/
  23. New Ayn Rand Bookstore

    I hear there is a new ARB but I can't find the link. It has various lectures for download at really low prices. Where I paid $150-200 for a lecture series, now the same is obtainable for a measly 10 bucks! Anyone have the link?
  24. LTE published in The Economist

    Well done. I think the edit still left it intact and to nitpick, I agree with cutting out the last sentence "The US should take advantage of this event to iterate on this key point." Because it doesn't make clear that American citizens should take advantage of this event to loudly and proudly defend free speech, and to defend the proper role of government in such situations. However, I'm sure that's not why they cut it out. I wish that all news casts would take 10 seconds to broadcast something offensive, in any form, to reinforce what free speech means, and that Americans will defend it, unmoved by its opposition.
  25. New Ayn Rand Bookstore

    Found it! https://estore.aynrand.org/ Example: Objectivism Through Induction (MP3 download) - $10.99 Principles of Grammar (MP3 download) - $7.24 I hope this isn't too good to be true!