Petter Sandstad

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  1. Pearl Harbor (2001)

    I gave this movie a 0. It is a bad love-story conveniently placed in context with the attack on Pearl Harbor. I cannot see any value in it at all. Rather I would recommend the movie "Tora! Tora! Tora!" from 1970. It is a considerably better movie, both regarding its' theme and as a source to learn the history of the attack. The theme is that Japan had absolutely no chance at hurting the U.S. Rather it was the mistakes that the military and political commanders of the U.S. made, that made it possible for the japanese to hurt us.
  2. Jennings Diary

    I like the books too.
  3. Peikoff's History of Philosophy Lectures

    From The Ayn Rand Letter, page 104, it says that begun Thursday, September 14, 1972; and the last course was given December 14. The "Modern philosophy" course was given first on Thursday, September 24, 1970, and the last was given December 17. For those familiar with Scott Powell's history course, one will observe that one has a reverse chronological order here as well.
  4. Invitation to History

  5. Invitation to History

    Very interesting indeed. Mr. Speicher, if you go to http://www.powellhistory.com/, you'll be able navigate the site from there. It also says that the lecture is for one hour.
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

    You have a point. But Harry never really starts setting the terms in this movie. Compared with the previous movies, a much less time are being spent on Harry setting the terms. And since this is a series, it's very relevant to compare it with the previous movies.
  7. Dr. Peikoff's DIM hypothesis?

    As far as I remember, Peikoff first talked about DIM during the last lecture of his 2002 "Induction in physics and philosophy", and that he arrived at his theory while working on induction.
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

    I have a number of remarks of this movie, with some also regarding the book. 1. The plot is driven by Voldemort, not Harry. It is only in the end that Voldemort's plan goes wrong. Harry is passive, and strikingly non-thinking, acting in great deal on his feelings. The book has this error, but the error is much greater in the movie. This is in stark contrast with the plot of the other books and movies, which is considerably better. 2. The world cup. The movie builds up the excitement for the game, and then, suddenly, skips it. I, for sure, was disappointed. 3. Incompleteness. Some parts of the plot was only shown halfway, f.instance Skeeter. Other important information was left out, mainly on Snape and the death-eaters. I think that's all. But don't misunderstand me, I thought this movie was good - but it's not as good as the others.
  9. Happy Birthday to Petter Sandstad

    Thank you very much.
  10. Most taxed substance in the (known) universe?

    Pheraps. But also liquor and foreign food. There it can easily come up to 200 and 300 percent with taxes.
  11. Interview with Lewis Little

    It's a very good interview. But I would also recommend a VHS of Lewis Little's first lecture on the theory of elementary waves, from 18th february 2000. Even with a small introduction by Stephen Speicher. Unfortunately I don't know where one can get this video, but I'm sure someone else on the forum can help.
  12. OCON 2005 - A brief review

    I've recently taken Salsmans advise, and begun reading Jean-Baptiste Say. My only remark is that I wonder why I haven't read his work before. Since I unfortunately couldn't participate in the conference, I'm wondering if any on the forum have knowledge on approximately how long it will take before the lectures will be for sale on tape.
  13. From ARI's netpage on student clubs, I found the following: Best regards, Petter Sandstad
  14. Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    Those quotes were very surprising, since the direct opposite was her opinion in episode 1. I'll be looking for any change in Padme that could have caused this, though I doubt I find any. Offcourse, one can argue that she also was corrupted, since she joined the senate. Though, what this second trilogy needs, is a good hero. The first trilogy had that in plenty. Obi Wan could pheraps be seen as a hero, along with the other from the jedi council, but a hero that looses isn't a very good hero.
  15. Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    Be so kind to correct me, since I have only seen the trailer, but I can't see an attack on Bush from this movie. This trilogy starts by the senate enforcing a new tax, which leads to the trade-federations blockade. The republic is corrupt, much like UN is today, or like Rome was before it became an empire. So far, one can say that the trilogy is anti-statist and anti-UN. We see that where force is the means to deal with men, the worst and most evil tyrant wins, and the republic becomes the empire. It is their philosophy that destroys the republic; the siths has understood that it's philosophy that is their method to win. They must spread this philosophy, corrupting everybody. Now, if Lucas had only managed to present the jedi as egoists, instead of altruists, Star Wars would have been a very good attack on the philosophy most people hold today, and a defence of Objectivism.