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  1. What's GOOD in your life?

    Nice - the "Bugs" one was the one I recalled - thats good!
  2. What's GOOD in your life?

    I remember seeing some photos you posted a bit ago that were really good - have an online portfolio or anything?
  3. I agree completely - if you truly do have a passion, you should follow it at all cost. However, my guess is that for most people, finding their passion is the hardest part. I hear "follow you passion" all the time but with no talk about how to find a passion and keep it - only arguments for basing your actions off of it once you have it. Isn't this the easiest part in some sense?
  4. This last one reminded me of the quote from Atlas Shrugged: Great stories!
  5. What did you think of the first Presidential debate?

    Romney had the clear advantage - the state of the economy throughout Obama's run has left Obama with no credit of being able to get any sort of practical result. Obama looked as if he knew any plans or ideas he talked of were going to be tainted with his past failure. As for how Romney did, from what I saw, he had lots of easy attacks on Obama's horrible track record but was not that confidence inspiring when it came to his own ideas and plans.
  6. This recording is not an in depth educational lecture in the way other ones reviewed here are. It just gives a brief overview of ancient Greek culture focusing on what Leonard Peikoff sees as its greatest quality - its worship for man. I was familiar with this idea of man-worship as it is presented in Ayn Rand's novels. One sees it concretely between various relationships of the heroes - in the recording, Peikoff gives Waynand's response to Howard Roark as an example. This view has always been very contrasting with our cultural atmosphere which seems too focused on the failings and falling of heroes instead reverencing them. The atmosphere of ancient Greece presented had almost as severe a contrast. Peikoff presents an entire cultural atmosphere based on this idea of man as a heroic being with amazing potential. Through quotes and cultural practices he shows Greeks as concerned primarily with the heroic man which is shown to be a man of intelligence and physical talent with an ability to act - summed up by Peikoff as a man having 'metaphysical excellence' or a 'mastery of reality.' The contrast was so extreme with today's' culture that it made it hard for me to project what living in this culture would be like. This recording makes clearer the view of life that is referred to within Objectivism as 'man-worship' and I found this very valuable and refreshing. It also made me much more interested in learning more extensively about the Greek culture as this recording was brief at 34 min. Though short, this recording is well worth the 99 cents.
  7. Please add this recording by Leonard Peikoff.
  8. Psycho-Epistemology 2

    Did you find anything in this lecture that directly helped you with your daily life? I'm interested in hearing about any practical benefits you gained from it.
  9. Ayrton Senna movie trailer

    You can know rent the movie through iTunes and it also could be in "The Good."
  10. 3 Idiots

    I would like to rate this movie.
  11. I am facing one of the hardest moral decisions I have had to face. It has been an issue for weeks and weeks and I would like to hear some other thoughts. I am working for a company and I love my job. It has many benefits and has been exactly what I was seeking. I am working with very intelligent people who are very willing to teach me and I am getting so much value from this. Now for the problem. I recently found out that we use pirated software, but my position makes the moral aspect of this more unclear to me. I have nothing to do directly with this specific software. What software I use is completely legitimate. However, I must use products that were created with this software to do my job. My colleagues, like most of society, don't think twice about piracy and don't see any problem. My first reaction was that I was OK to continue the work. I reasoned that since it was indirect I was OK. Now I have changed sides and I am considering quitting. It seems like this would be a huge loss but in the end I would be better off. Any advice?
  12. The Right Decision?

    I would consider your advise about purchasing the software myself but I no longer use it at all. At the beginning I was slightly apart of that area but now I settled into another. My issue is in using what the other workers made with the pirated software to do my job.
  13. The Right Decision?

    I sort of understand some of the points but not completely. Here, I will give some more specifics first. The software on the company's computers is supposedly legitimate and I am inclined to believe this. The piracy only happens on individual's computers since each individual license is still very expensive (about $1000). Everyone uses the companies computers but sometimes it is more convenient to use their own and that is the only time pirated software is being used. In the beginning I used the software minimally but refused to to put it on my machine and that was no problem with anyone. I still think I would have been immoral to do so. Anyways, so the software is considerably expensive but mainly paid for. This does help and I am trying to get a better idea of it. Would this apply to a school? The school may use stolen books but this doesn't make a student guilty for knowing yet staying, correct? Or what about a school research group? Say the leading professor has stolen equipment. Are the students who know this obligated to leave. Does this apply to living with others at all? For example, my roommate steals things that we all use such as dish soap, salt, etc., but doesn't always admit it. Am I responsible for finding out if it is stolen before I use it? You don't have to go into these extensively. I just want to get an idea of if and how these situations differ to get a better idea of the general principle and the specific situations it applies to.
  14. The Right Decision?

    Good advice but this is such a small company that no one is 'in the dark' about this.
  15. The Right Decision?

    Thanks for the replies. I have some questions though as I am still unclear about this. This is where I have a lot of conflict since I am considering leaving. The people I work with are very good people as far as my experience goes. They are just morally ignorant. On the other hand, they are very smart and rational at what they do. Why does working here mean so much to me? Well I have no experience and I am just dying to go beyond the theory (I am a student) and get some hands on experience. To say that this is a good opportunity for that is a massive understatement. So, to address your comment, the people I work with are some of the more moral people I have personally met. They are moral to me in everything else and I would go as far as to call many of them my friends. I respect them and they are perfect mentors for me. I know that they reward ability and don't cut corners. It just seems like they don't give piracy the correct consideration. Piracy is very bad everywhere I go so I am not shocked by this mix of bad and good.
  16. So about 3 months ago I was beginning my 3rd quarter in college. It was the first quarter that had many of my classes geared toward my major (electrical engineering). I was not very sure about what I wanted to do over the summer, but I wanted to get more useful experience to help me decide what I want to do for a career. My grandpa was a very good medical doctor who helped create a hospital. He was able to give me the opportunity to get a short term internship at the hospital. He told me that it was a career search program that was not only for serious medical students. I was not considering medicine as a career but I considered it for the experience of being around professionals and research as opposed to no plans for the summer. He had to know in advance if I wanted to do it so I said yes somewhat reluctantly. This was about 3 months before the actual intern. Now it is coming up and I just got out of college for the summer. My classes exposed me and made me more interested in my major more than ever before. Now that it is summer all I want to do is research my major, do projects on my own, or find a related job. So my problem is that there has already been many arrangements made based on my decision 3 months ago. This whole intern was arranged to help expose me to more things, but now I think it is too far off what I want to pursue. I think my grandpa wanted me to do it in the first place because he thought it would help me in choosing a career. Now that I don't think it would, I wouldn't think he would want me to go as bad, but my mom insists that I must stick with it. I do think it is moral to stick with it since I said I was going to and arrangements have already been made, but my self-interests is pulling me the other way. I was wondering what the Objectivist approach to this would be and why.
  17. Psycho-Epistemology 1

    Psycho-Epistemology 1 By Harry Binswanger I have been using and thinking about the things taught in this course. I now have a better understanding about the way my conscious mind interacts with the subconscious. It has given me a better idea of the importance of using essentials, how to prepare ones subconscious for certain tasks, and getting information from your subconscious. As you can see I think this is a very applicable lecture. Dr. Binswanger goes over such things as the importance of method since it leads to good or bad content, how to get good feedback from the subconscious, about some of the questions one asks when getting information and receiving it from the subconscious, and other things that I found interesting. This lecture helped me better understand the workings of my mind, which made it well worth the value for me. I found most of it interesting or useful and would recommend it if you are interested in this topic.
  18. I have this lecture and would like to review it.
  19. How to Be an Impassioned Valuer

    Are you asking for examples that were unclear to me or ones that show it was a lecture on application rather than theory?
  20. How to Be an Impassioned Valuer

    This lecture by Andrew Bernstein has some good points, but also some parts I found boring and unclear. He breaks down the lecture into valuing on the perceptual level, conceptual level, evaluative level, emotional level, and then the action level. Here is a brief review of each part. Perceptual- I liked some of the things he stressed such as the "Explorer's Premise" and to learn from reality as opposed to being an "Ivory Tower" learner. He gave examples of ideal explorers (one was Francisco in his childhood in Atlas Shrugged). He stressed the mix of learning from books and experience but I would have liked it if he would have went into more detail with this point. I have read about this in The Forum where members advocate doing projects in college as opposed to just book learning. This is a form of the "Explorer's Premises," but I liked how Andrew Bernstein made it more explicit in my mind. Conceptual- If you have been studying Objectivism very in depth, most of this part should be review. Andrew Bernstein basically said to pay attention and learn from your experiences and don't deny reality. Some of the examples were too long for me, but if the point of not denying reality is not very concrete in your mind this may help. Evaluative- Here he stressed not sitting on the fence with any issues. Although this was not knew to me, I still liked listening to him elaborate on it. Emotional- This followed from the evaluative level and was straightforward. Basically since you should take stances on the issues you deal with, you should also have strong likes and dislikes. Action- Here he mainly elaborated on how to choose what values should get your time and energy. This was also kind of review to me. Some of the best material I have read about this is in this forum. Its hard for me to recommend it or not. I think that certain people may find it helpful while others may see it as a waste of time. Many of the points he made, I have been working on for some time, and many of them can be found in this forum. The hardest part is the actual doing them. Some examples were helpful, but on some he did not make clear enough of what he was advocating. It was not a theoretical lecture but more of a lecture on applying parts of Objectivism. Some reasons for why one should practice the philosophy the way he implicated were unclear to me. I did get a better understanding of valuing, and certain parts throughout the lecture did inspire me. If any of my summary sounds interesting, or if you are somewhat new to the idea that valuing is an important application of Objectivism, this may be a good starting point. Again, this forum has posts that cover the majority of the topics discussed although some may not be as explicit, but if you have read most of this material , I'd say it would be review to you.
  21. Reduction: The Tie to Reality

    Reduction: The Tie to Reality by Gary Hull lectures on one of the key aspects of objectivity. I had a pretty good understanding of it from OPAR but the lecture helped with some of the concepts. In the lecture Gary Hull mentioned that a surprising amount of people he talked to did not understand it correctly. If you equate reduction with concretizing or essentializing then you should further study reduction. Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff has a very good section on it so if the idea is completely new to you, I'd recommend starting there. I'm not sure if the lecture is a good starting point. Some of the examples were unfinished and not clear to me. For instance Gary Hull began reducing a higher level conclusion by tracing it back down to reality through its premises. The problem I had was the example he gave didn't make much sense to me and was not traced all the way back to reality. He just said that one would have to finish retracing it to validate the conclusion, but I think it would have been very helpful if he would have done so himself. On the other hand, I did get something from this example. This process was mentioned in OPAR but this lecture helped me realize that the process of reduction is applied to conclusions much like concepts but with slight differences. Truthfully, the parts of the lecture that seemed to help me the most closely resembled passages in OPAR but the process of alternating back in forth between the lecture and OPAR helped me understand some of it better. Overall the lecture helped me realize the need to reduce not only concepts but conclusions and how one should go about it (again, the example wasn't the clearest, but by having some background with reduction, I still got some useful information from it). It was also helpful in showing some of the problems that reduction solves. The main problem I had with it was a lack of real clear examples such as Leonard Peikoff's reduction of "friends" in OPAR. I read the comment above and see that there may be better sources to further learn about reduction. Its been awhile since I've read ITOE but I know that the majority of my understanding has came from OPAR and this lecture.
  22. Science Brain Bogglers (Round 1?)

    This is how I think the atmosphere cools on the nightside of the Earth. You mentioned that "65F water feels really cold while 65F air only feels slightly cool; the much denser water is a much greater conductor of heat energy, and it can cool you off much more rapidly than air alone." The Earth is a greater conductor of heat energy than the air. When the sun is no longer heating up the surface, the Earth begins to loose the heat energy. As it is cooling off, it absorbs what heat energy is in the air around it, cooling it down as well. Basically the earth warms up and cools down quicker than the air and directly controls the temperature of the air around it. So one side of the Earth is heating the air while the other side is cooling the air and the atmosphere cannot become isothermal. But this leads to the problem that the lower you are the cooler it would be when it is night. This is not right, correct? I will have to give this problem some more time.
  23. Science Brain Bogglers (Round 1?)

    First, I think that the part of the earth in the shade keeps some of the air cooling instead of heating at all times. Also, the parts of the earth that are never hit directly by the sun such as the north and south poles are surrounded by cooler air. This cooler air, both from cold places and places in the shade, is not stationary and moves around the globe, preventing the above situation from happening.
  24. I would like to review this lecture by Andrew Bernstein.
  25. Could you put this lecture by Gary Hull up for review?