Sarah Beth

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  • Birthday 08/06/1980

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  • Location Florida
  • Interests Philosophy, Science, Literature, Hmmm...Everything Really.
  1. Self-evidency

    I agree with Alex. There seems to be a lack of context in this discussion. If we aren't able to percieve that existence exists, then clearly we can't abstract about it and form propositions and such. But once we are able to percieve existence, then it is self evident that existence exists even if we couldn't identify that explicitly. (Actually we are always percieving it, but until we have abstracted and identified it we may not be aware of the fact of this) Are we talking about how we talk-or about what know-or about what the truth is? The truth is existence exists-whether or not we know it, it is perceptually self-evident as a fact, but until we know it, we cannot conceptualize it or discuss it (which is what makes talking to non-Objectivists so difficult these days ) But, once we understand and identify the concept of "existence" then it is clear (self evident) that existence must "exist". Perhaps it is a second level abstraction then, But it is not separable, it is instantaneous and implicit in the full grasp of the concept of "existence". I'm beginning to wonder if I'm making any sense. I won't be able to check back until tomorrow though to find out because I have no home PC and it's about time to peel myself out of the office Well, I certainly have a lot to think about tonight now)
  2. Self-evidency

    Ok, I did read the whole thread, but I don't understand- why is an axiomatic concept neccessarily one word? So axioms subsume axiomatic concepts? So you're asking if "existence exists" (for example) can be considered perceptually self evident since it is reliant upon first the concept of existence? I'm lost but I'd really like to understand what you're after here. I've read the thread twice and just keep getting turned in circles. Doesn't the concept existence rely on the fact that existence exists? And doesn't that similarly rely on identity and define identity? How can they be separated as metaphysical vs epistemological, or be said not to be perceptually self evident? For example while I didn't understand these things explicitly before reading Objectivism, even if I had never picked up a single Ayn Rand book they still would be true so how can one be epistemological? Oy, I'll quit while I'm ahead(?) here.
  3. What is your passion?

    We are very similar in this regard Mrs Speicher (except for the acting-I hate performing in front of people) MY CPL is and has been (since High School) that I would write non-fiction books which helped reform the systems of government and education. I thought I'd have to figure it out all by myself, so I planned to travel and work and learn as much as possible first hand. But lo and behold I find Miss Rand and she has laid all the groundwork. Now I can build on her ideas to write my books. I'm elated! I also love computers, and will probably have to support myself along the way... Hence my study for a Business Degree and focus specifically on internet business. I'm so excited by all that is opening up in that regard. I think I can be very successful as an online publication or something along those lines in the near future. My passion is for Politics and Education- for ideas, and developing knowledge, for freedom. All of the above can be summed up by Objectivism. My passion is life. (I like to borrow Thoreau's quote for my own to say "I went to [Objectivism] because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life; To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived.") I also highly value having a family of my own in the future. In fact another CPL might be to raise children utilizing my knowledge from the educational research I have done (and now Philosophical as well). And Traveling is a yet unrealized passion, but it ties in with my focus on computers (work from anywhere) and Business (also widely usable and can involve lots of business travel). Traveling is a passion to me as a part of a well-rounded education. Think that about covers my bases
  4. Unethically reasonable? Ruthlessly Rational?

    Wow, great thread, sorry I haven't participated until. Even now I've only skimmed, I'll have to focus more later. Some things that stood out though: Yeah, mine too. It will be ok. If the friendship is strong enough, it may survive, if not-the value you have found is yourself, and you. You wouldn't trade that in regardless would you? Maybe try to let sleeping dogs lie-I'm doing my best to, but I guess I stirred a hornets nest myself first off. Live and learn I guess...
  5. The Brothers Karamazov

    Yes, I'd agree with that. He certainly does try to push Alyosha on you, but he could never quite make it convincing. Interesting. Ahh I love the whole thing. I'll have to read it again.
  6. Usage of "Objectivist"

    Actually, when I was first looking for Objectivist material several months ago, I was esp wary of TIA because it claimed to be Objectivist with no official sanction. Even though I now regard it as "in line" with Objectivism I'd agree that it is probably improper (and not neccesarily great advertising since even as a one month student I recognized it as presumptuous) for them to use that specific terminology. I have nothing but respect for Mr Tracinski though and am sure it is an innocent intention.
  7. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

    The book! Somehow I didn't even know there was a book! I'm definitely picking that up on my next lit run Now you've got that in my head too
  8. Moral Dilemma #4

    I would verify Brad's claims, call Willis, and I would probably bring up what Brad had said. The means of how I bring this up would depend on what I got from Willis. Either I would express it as concern (if I felt I had reason for concern) and ask if he and Brad had been having problems because *Brad said some really strange things to me* or I would laugh it off as if I must have misunderstood. I like to have things out in the open, and it would bug me to not understand Brad and or Willis. I might even decide they are both strange and not want to associate with them if Willis himself seemed vague or unable to answer the accusation. Mind you I'm not saying Willis is wrong for who he hangs out with-if I value him and his judgement, who he hangs out with does not bug me-WHY he does might though. This would be more a matter of who Willis turned out to be than who he hung out with. Likewise with Brad-maybe he just said something dumb, or maybe Willis will tell me they are fighting, but it has been established I think from your set up that I trust Willis more, and so I would go to him for the answers.
  9. The Brothers Karamazov

    Oh yes, that is one of the highlights of the novel, you must read that again. I still think of that section from time to time, there are so many implications. I always preferred Ivan anyway. I think the novel is set up that way-he may be the closest to Dostoevsy, I don't know that that's been validated-I did read something about how the characters relate to him, but I can't remember now.
  10. The Brothers Karamazov

    This was my favorite book of all time before I read any Ayn Rand, and still, stylistically, I think it is. Since I hold Ayn Rand in a class of her own, I'd say that Dostoevsky is my favorite author. Crime and Punishment was my favorite book before The Brother's Karamazov. They are dark, but I think that there is underneath a yearning for the good and for life that is really redemptive. Regardless the organization of plot and characters is evidence of a true master of literary form.
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  12. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

    Hi, sorry to be so late with my review, I suggested this movie because: As a child this was one of my faves. It's a story about a boy who we seemingly experience through his subconscious by way of a dream, in which he sees the world as being a quest between the heroic and "The Nothing" concretized by a wolf, and by the disintegration of things, bit by bit. I've always thought it was a strong metaphor, now realating "The Nothing" to Kant-ism and granting even more meaning to his heroic efforts to save reality. The story even begins and ends in a library Referencing ideas as the ultimate prime mover. I haven't seen it in a long time, but based on memory (having seen it 5+ times as a child), I give it a 10.
  13. The Never Ending Story

    As a child this was one of my faves. It's a story about a boy who we seemingly experience through his subconscious by way of a dream, in which he sees the world as being a quest between the heroic and "The Nothing" concretized by a wolf, and by the disintegration of things, bit by bit. I've always thought it was a strong metaphor, now realating "The Nothing" to Kant-ism and granting even more meaning to his heroic efforts to save reality. The story even begins and ends in a library Referencing ideas as the ultimate prime mover. I haven't seen it in a long time, but based on memory (having seen it 5+ times as a child), I give it a 10.
  14. Your Avatar

    I love Pits, but they have the bad rap, and I worked at a (don't laugh) "Doggie Day Care" for a bit and the boxers were just the best and most beautiful. (You don't mind if I say he's beautiful do you? Handsome too of course ) Ever since then I changed from wanting a Pit to wanting a boxer. I want a brindle. You're right they aren't *so* big, but I live in an apartment with no yard or park, when I have at least a townhouse, I'm getting my dog!
  15. Your Avatar

    I meant to mention, it's (he's?) a beautiful dog. I want a boxer, when I get to somewhere that I can have a big dog that is.