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  1. Any Objectivists in France?

    I am working on a theoretical and narrow problem within computer science. I think I have some restrictions on what I am allowed to tell about this work. This restriction is very common within the research companies...
  2. Any Objectivists in France?

    Yes! My work as a scientist is going very well. My Objectivism is only implicit in my understanding of science of course. The discussions related to my scientific work is working well. General politics and philosophy however, is not so easy. They basically have all the standard catch-phrases at hand to protect them whenever I come with an idea... and yes, I think they see me as "psycho-rigid" when discussing these topics. I try to limit the discussions of these topics, however, to keep my friends down here.
  3. I am currently staying in Sophia Antipolis, close to Nice and Antibes. I am woundring if there are any french objectivists in this area. Thank!
  4. I learned through HBL that Pat Corvini presented a new idea on what infinity really is in mathematics, can anyone who where there or knows about this give me the essentials of his new idea? thanks!
  5. Artificial Intelligence

    Computers are said to be "turing complete" when every computer program running in a turing complete language (99% of computer languages) can be reduced to a fixed set of operations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing-complete If this concept is extended to apply to mental actions, of which Turing's operations are a subset, could we say the same about all mental processes of all men?
  6. Artificial Intelligence

    I did try to define AI, but it was a bit lost in the wordiness of my post. I'll rephrase the definition. AI is recreating mans mind hence isolating it from the rest that make up humans.
  7. Artificial Intelligence

    I was surprised not to find a thread on this intriguing topic on the forum, so I will kick off with a few thought on the topic. AI is one of those things belonging to the 'future' along with flying cars and teleporting. I see three issues of this problem. 1) The purpose. 2) The possibility. 3) The realization. 1 The purpose of AI is the same as why it is demanded: Automating tasks which men have to do today. Most notably understanding language and/or speech, and acting accordingly. 2 Since the only known form of intelligence is the one in humans, it is a necessary starting point. Recreating man would be a redundancy, since we already have to the tools needed to create humans. So the purpose of AI is necessarily to retain certain human features (the creative mind) while dismissing others (needs other than AC current). The question is weather it is possible to remove some of mans features while keeping the other. 3 I once saw a documentary of a roboticist being dazzled by the difficulty of getting a robot to move across a field, avoiding the obstacles he had placed along the way. Pragmaticists do have a hard time programming robots.. AFAIK roboticists have two choices: "If-then" which computers use or "if-then randomize between a set of choices". This is determinism vs indeterminism, and man is described by neither. Another thing is that a computer sees an image one pixel at a time, imagine having to look at the world though a small hole..' The one thing I do know about AI is that the first who succeeds creating one, will also agree with ITOE
  8. Limits

    First off, nature does not make leaps. What about this statement: The value never goes above 1 but always increases.
  9. Usage of "Objectivist"

    I agree with you. If I wrote down an alledged proof of there being finite prime numbers (which is wrong), this would indeed be a work of mathematics. As truths surface through history, however, the false ideas will become a less important part of that field of study, which is the point I wanted to make I guess.
  10. Usage of "Objectivist"

    In the terms 'true philosophy' or 'rational philosophy' I consider 'true' and 'rational' to be superfluous. If a philosophy is not true, it is not philosophy, but rather a failed attempt at answering philosophical questions. The reason I make this distinction is for the same reason creationism is not considered physics. Objectivism is consistent with rational/true/practical/good philosopy and not the other way around. Man has an absolute nature and his context is this earth, so there also exists an optimal philosophy: how man should live on earth. So I think Ayn Rand discovered most of this philosophy, proved other theories wrong, then called her collection objectivism. To conclude my argument above, I say future works are works of philosophy. And since objectivism is true, it is required to be consistent with it, as it must be consistent with all earlier knowledge. The fact that most people do not recognize objectivism as true, is problematic in that respect.
  11. Intruducing myself :)

    I had neither heard of Clifford algebras, Lounesto nor his CLICAL. It is certainly somehting I consider looking into. I'd actually like to know more about this 'fairly tightly-knit group of Sandanvian mathematics' which I am not aware of either. In my work on computer algebra, I wanted to test out my own approach to CA called DCAS and a few new programming techniques.
  12. Intruducing myself :)

    Not read them, but I am very interested in reading everything on math by other objectivists. How can I obtain these?
  13. Intruducing myself :)

    We have a "society of objectivist studies" which has been active since the 70s, with a core group of about 10 people but there are 40 - 50 members I think... There is an equally large group in Norways 2nd largest city Bergen as well. We get together every 2nd week for the lectures and discussion. Then we have a (small, but 100% capitalist) political party which Vegard Martinsen runs, I am in for fun, but he is dead serious and has been a member of parliment earlier for another party which was quite good back in those days. So this group get together quite often now a days, since there are elections in the fall.
  14. Hello all! I have been around here a bit now, with the topic about infinity in mathematics which became a good dicussion. Anyway, I am 21 years old and live in Oslo, Norway. I discovered Ayn Rand after looking up information about capitalism on the internet (at about age 15) and it all snowballed from there. I come from a family which, among other things, has allways spoken highly of the most rational political party in Norway, which is far left of the American democrats. I reasoned that if something is good, why not take it to the extreme? So I entered capitalism in my search engine and I was very excited about the answers I found on capitalism.org As for my interests, I have always enjoyed creating and inventing stuff. This has spawned an interest for all branches of philosophy, mathematics and physics (not as much politics). I try to focus on the practical aspects of these subjects (i.e. what is true in theory), so no indepth study of Kant and String theory for me. I have decided to apply my interrests through computer programming, which I study at university, at least I hand in the stuff needed there. Since I still have a lot to learn, I have an outlet of some of the projects I am doing on my spare time on the domain www.denotesoftware.com There are actually a few objectvists here in Norway, and we often gather to listen to Dr. Peikoff (currently the DIM lectures) and other prominent objectivists. Anyway, I will accept the first chance I get to go to America, my earliest opportunity being for a master degree in Computer Science 2-3 years from now . As preperation for emigrating I attanded an English highschool and everything I study and read is in english... So, hopefully I will not be to handicapped when I get there. Thanks for reading
  15. Philosophical Computer Viruses

    Be aware of the pragmatic virus, the virus will replace the functioning of all buttons and commands by the messege: "No, its not that simple."