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  1. Taking Children to Protests

    My child, Livy, is the one holding the sign "Ayn Rand Was Right." A child doesn't have to understand the full and complex philosophical view of Ayn Rand or any topic to be holding up such a sign. The parent of a 5.5 year old can explain that Ayn Rand believed people should be free to run their own lives, that no one should be able to hit you for no reason, that to try and figure out things with your mind is the greatest of deeds, that you should always determine whether something is right or wrong yourself and not rely on others, that finding out what you want to do with your life now and in the future is a grand thing, etc. So, since we don't know the full context of the child's understanding in each case, we cannot make a proper judgment upon them and their parents (as long as the child is old enough to have full rational capability for understanding the content on a substantial level).
  2. Stephen's Health

    I'm terribly sorry for Stephen and the suffering you both must be going through, Betsy. I wish Stephen a fast and full recovery and wish you two the best in the short and long term. David Elmore
  3. Intergration is the essential goal of human cognition; it is not the essence of cognition. As Betsy already stated, the primaries of cognition are 1) identification 2) differentiation 3) integration (in that order), which refutes Peikoff's statement that integration is the basic form of cognition or the essence of cognition. Peikoff would stand on firmer ground if he were to say that integration is the essence of character -- that the degree to which a person is integrated (or mis-integrated) is the measurement of their current cognitive state. He seems to be conflating status with method. But even the above statement on character would presume someone who is first mis-differentiating. The character thing wouldn't be breaking new ground, if he were to say it, but at least it wouldn't be uprooting the well-grounded. David
  4. femininity vs heroine worship

    The source of virtues is volition, which men and women equally have. Men may use a virile body in the execution of their virtues (and pursuit of their values), but it is the virtues that deserve our esteem, not the virility. David
  5. An Ageless Universe

    Very sensible and down-to-earth response, ELS. The primary aspect to focus on, I think, would be the equivocation being used for the terms "finite" and "infinite." The definition of those terms refers directly and only to space and time, so you cannot say simultaneously that the universe is both finite and unbounded. That's a contradiction in terms. Another aspect to focus on, in the same vein, would be the equivocation on the term identity. The universe cannot both have identity and not be in space and time -- since that is the only way something can have identity. To say that "A is A" is to say that "something is something." You cannot say simultaneously that something is something but that something does not have any characteristics of space and time. David
  6. femininity vs heroine worship

    Go back and read my posts, FC. I didn't say that only virtues can be of value. I said that only virtues (and their concomitant manifestations in a person) can be worshiped (highly respected or revered). My wife has many traits (and quirks) that I value, as well as many of her values that are my values, so I value that, too. I just don't worship her values and quirks. I enjoy many of them immensely, but values are things that we act to gain or keep -- so it's the acting that she does that makes me respect her. I'm grateful that she loves Jane Austen and Alexander Dumas, but I revere her for her honesty and integrity and intellect that she built so that she may love those great writers. Virtues. I don't revere Thomas Jefferson because he had a huge library or was an incredible tinkerer or loved the Greeks or deeply loved botany. I revere him because he was a profoundly honest and integrated man, because he worked studiously hard at the things he loved, because he stayed true to his love of life and freedom to such an extent that he created possibly the most magnificent document in human history. Virtues. As I've said, you can't revere values. You can only revere virtues. Btw, the way a woman (or man) walks and moves is largely the result of virtues. You are your volition and rationality -- with some biology thrown in to make the full sense of life.
  7. An Ageless Universe

    I got the generalization from Ayn Rand -- more specifically from the axiom of Identity, which, as you know, says that a thing must be what it is. There must be a thing (extension) before it can be what it is. There is no such thing as a thing that does not have substance (extension) -- outside of a liberal's argument. My point with the statement of extension is that your idea of "universe" cannot be a concept because there is no delimitation, allegedly no extension. Consciousness is the faculty that perceives reality. It is a faculty of sentient beings, which have extension. David
  8. femininity vs heroine worship

    Worship is a "psychological orientation"? And it comprises her highest giving, that of herself? Would you mind explaining exactly how that works -- psychologically or otherwise? Do you believe that worship is/can be related to virtue? i.e. Can one worship Thomas Jefferson as a man of great integrity, insight and eloquence? David
  9. An Ageless Universe

    Alex, Your article says that the universe has no extension and is therefore not quantifiable. So, what is your definition of "universe" -- since all valid concepts refer directly or indirectly to things in reality that have extension? I'm afraid you may have just created "god." David
  10. femininity vs heroine worship

    What do you mean when you say that a man doesn't "play at" worship? David
  11. femininity vs heroine worship

    Baskin n Robbins!
  12. femininity vs heroine worship

    I agree, Elizabeth. Anyone who is honestly seeking the truth certainly deserves our respect. Regards, David
  13. femininity vs heroine worship

    I have met many Objectivist men who have taken too fond a liking to adulation -- and nearly as many who have "played" at being Galt or Roark. I don't think I would be allowed on this forum to express my thoughts about Ayn Rand's portrayal of Galt and Roark in relation to women. David
  14. femininity vs heroine worship

    Women value being pursued and men value pursuing. Women value being valued. Men value valuing. Both sides are value-seekers at all times in romance/sex. There is never a time in a relationship or life that one rational party in any situation is not valuing -- even in surrender. Pure and utter ecstatic surrender requires a mind that revels in the very act of doing so at every moment. I'm not being flip when I say that that feeling that women have in sex may be akin to the way I feel when eating a banana split on a hot summer day -- a complete surrender to the taste buds, a complete intoxication of flavor.
  15. femininity vs heroine worship

    From what I can tell, you seem to be contradicting yourself, Betsy. You say that the woman is valuing, and then you say she is not "value-seeking" -- which means she is not valuing, keeping her value in mind during an act. My point is that she IS value-seeking. She is cognizant of what is going on; she is reveling in the experience; she may even be directing what she wants in some instances (with the man's tacit OK). She is not valuing her man, as you put it. She is valuing each second of the experience as a tactile, emotional, feminine-affirming experience. Again, I don't see how the act of surrender manifests itself in worship of the man. He is not better, not on a pedestal, for being the one who is surrendered to. He is simply fulfilling his metaphysical role in a romantic relationship. To draw an analogy of surrender for both sexes, we must surrender our very lives to the skill of a pilot on an airplane. We have absolutely no control over whether we live or die -- and yet I don't feel a need to worship the pilot. I have an abiding respect for his abilities and hope he's as good as he's supposed to be, but that doesn't equal worship. David