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  1. Amazing man...

    There was a Diane Sawyer interview on TV last night with Randy Pausch. I watched it with a sense of trepidation, waiting every moment for the inevitable break down into altruistic or religious platitudes, but they never emerged! It was so refreshing. Randy's sense of life truly is that of a passionate valuer. The topic of religion was broached, but he declined to talk about it. His focus was very much on his life and his values, especially his wife and children. I very much enjoyed it. Steve
  2. Stephen's Health

    Wow, I've been behind on reading the Forum and had no idea until now about Stephen's problem. I can only add my hopes for a speedy resolution. Thank you for keeping us informed. I've never met either of you, but feel as though I know you both through your excellent posts. Please take care of yourself, too. Steve
  3. Thanks for the advice. The offer I received allows me to pick a set number of points worth of magazines. Each magazine is worth different numbers of points. I'll have to figure out which to choose, and your advice will help. Steve
  4. I have a one time opportunity to obtain some magazine subscriptions free. Problem is, I don't really know if these magazines are worth taking the time to peruse. If anyone has comments, good or bad, on them, I'd be quite happy to receive them. My choices include: Atlantic Monthly Barron's Economist Entrepreneur Financial Times Food & Wine (sounds good) Forbes Fortune Harvard Business Review Inc. New York Observer Time (along with Travel & Leisure) Wall Street Journal Thanks in advance for any suggestions, Steve
  5. How would (will) you vote in the 2006 election?

    I chose "abstain" although, in fact, I have voted in favor of a particular candidate where the difference was significant. In many races I did abstain, because I want to register disgust with the choice available. In those cases, I am also writing the Republican candidates who might have traditionally gotten my vote to let them know why they failed to do so this time. I do not want them to assume I favor the Democratic choice, which might entice them to try to appear more Democratic the next time.
  6. Veterinary Vanity ?

    I can relate a personal experience. My last dog apparently learned what mirrors were, or at least how to use them. When he was young, maybe 10-18 months of age, he would react to images in the mirror, barking if we acted playfully or strangly in the mirror he was watching. He would direct his actions toward the images in the mirror. With time, he learned to look behind him when he saw an image in the mirror to face the "real" person. Initially, if you stood behind him and lowered your hand toward his head, he would just watch the action in the mirror. Later, he would immediately look up to see your hand descending toward him. He even learned to watch the mirror to see around the corner into the adjacent room. On a humorous note, I would occasionally catch him staring at his own image for several minutes. If I didn't know better, I would have sworn he was admiring himself--talk about vanity! Steve
  7. John Allison - A principled stand

    Well, for one idea, you can become a stockholder. They've performed quite well for me over the years.
  8. Exercise for Handi-crips

    Ray, Please don't misinterpret my comments to be an attack on your system. I very clearly stated that resistance training has been shown to have positive cardiovascular effects like those you mention for yourself and others. My point is that evidence suggests that combining resistance training with aerobics can result in better results. I also agree that an extensive stretching program is of no benefit prior to exercise. However there is good scientific evidence, as well as extensive personal experience, to recommend warming up activities and some dynamic stretching activity. I cannot comment on its specific application to your exercises, because I haven't studied your methods. In general, the recommendations apply to activities involving explosive type movement (sprints, karate, some dancing, etc.). This is even more important the older the individual or the poorer the general physical conditioning (younger athletes and those that are out-of-shape being the most prone to injury). The widely cited Australian study that cast doubt on the benefits of stretching (in opposition to both earlier and later studies) was a well-designed study for the narrow parameters it was intended to study, but it has been incorrectly interpreted as applying to a much broader population that it actually did (the incidence of lower leg injuries in young army recruits). I, too, am a huge proponent of looking at reality. When you evaluate scientific studies, it is important to study the design of the study as well as the application of its results to specific cases. I wish you the best in your continued success. Steve
  9. Exercise for Handi-crips

    Elizabeth, I'm late coming to this discussion, but I can possibly add some additional information. In general, I agree with Ray's statements concerning his strength training program. I will point out that there are still a lack of good studies to compare once a week, high intensity training with more frequent (3 times/week) routines with slightly lower weights. In general, resistance training of either kind results in an increase in muscle mass and strength. There is some evidence to suggest the maximum intensity training results in a slightly greater muscle mass, although the benefits of this may be limited primarily to body builders. The same limited evidence suggests that muscle endurance benefits by exercising with lower weights but higher repetitions. A more interesting point, at least to me, is the relationship between resistance training and cardiovascular function. Studies have long indicated a correlation between regular exercise, especially aerobic exercise (I use that term in its more classical sense) and improved cardiovascular parameters (lower resting heart rate, improved contractility, lower blood pressure, improved lipid profiles, etc.). More recent studies have confirmed Ray's statements about the value of resistance training in accomplishing the same thing. What is interesting is that the two types of exercise may achieve the results by different mechanisms, and that a combination of both types achieves a superior end result. So I would not give up your aerobic exercise. What may be important in your case is to not overdue your total exercise. Give yourself sufficient time to rest and recuperate, especially if you have injuries. Also, make sure you warm up sufficiently before doing any vigorous activity. That doesn't mean you have to have an extensive warm-up routine, just get your heart rate up a bit and loosen-up your joints with some minimal stretching. You'll find yourself less likely to injure yourself this way (this becomes much more important with age). Hope your New Year is grand! Steve
  10. Need Help Simplifying Justification for Rand

    tonyr1988, My suggestion to use examples was an attempt to get you to avoid a Rationalist presentation. In addition, the terms altruism and egoism are so misunderstood, examples will help show what you mean. It's also a great exercise to make the terms real to yourself, to tie them to reality. I also agree with Betsy; limit delimit your argument as much as you can. If you have to mention Nietzschean egoism, do so as a contrast to egoism to better show what you mean by egoism. Steve
  11. Need Help Simplifying Justification for Rand

    tonyr1984, If I were undertaking your assignment, I think I would start by carefully describing or defining exactly what you mean by altruism and egoism. Then I would give examples of each, showing how they impact man's life; showing the implications of living a life (or attempting to, because one cannot live as a consistent altruist) according to one ethical theory or the other. I hope all goes well for you. As long as you don't mind constructive criticism, you might consider submitting your paper on this forum for discussion. Steve
  12. Backpacking is Awesome!

    Actually, late October is usually a great time to visit the Smoky Mountains. The colors are great and the temperatures generally range from lows in the 40's at night to highs of 60's in the day. As you know, that can change dramatically in the mountains, but it's usually predictable. Congratualations on the 15 lb. base weight. Mine's 17 lb. for late Fall backpacking.
  13. Backpacking is Awesome!

    As a fellow backpacking enthusiast, I understand your sentiments completely. I love to be outdoors. I like the physical activity, the scenery, the challenge and the solitude. It's a great break from the normal hustle and bustle, a vacation...and adventure. There is something philosophical in outdoor adventure. It provides a very up-close-and-personal view of existence. It's human ability versus the wilderness. The buffer of civilization is absent, and in a very clear-cut way you get to pit your skills and intelligence against the challenges of the wilderness. But there's nothing like a hot shower and a pizza after an extended trip in the wilds. Returning home, you value civilization and it's luxuries even more. I'm headed out in another week to take my father, brother and two brothers-in-law on our annual Father-Son outing--a backpacking trip in the Smoky Mountains.
  14. Pornography

    As I recall, Burgess Laughlin replied to a similar posting on another forum by requesting that someone define pornography--what is its genus and differentia. I don't believe an adequate definition was ever rendered, and I wondered at the time if it was even a valid concept.
  15. Yes, I think there would be an interest--I know I have one. The key would be pointing out how it was different from what is currently offered. There is so much pop psychology offered as a substitute for sound management principles that it would be a breath of fresh air.