Shrikant Rangnekar

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  1. Who are your Top 5 Heroes of all times?

    Facebook Poll: Who are your Top 5 Heroes of all times? There are over 1700+ answers already led by Ayn Rand, Thomas Jefferson and Aristotle. Please vote for your heroes and add them to the list if they are missing from it. Please discuss your reasons for your choices here on this forum.
  2. Atlas Shrugged Movie Report

    Atlas Shrugged Movie and Ayn Rand Polls (Over 350+ answers and counting...) How many stars do you give to the Atlas Shrugged Movie? Vote now! Over 150+ answers already! What is your Most Favorite thing about the Atlas Shrugged Movie? Add your own answer, and see others’ answers. Over 75+ answers already! What is your Least Favorite thing about the Atlas Shrugged Movie? Add your own answer, and see others’ answers. Over 100+ answers already! What is your favorite book by Ayn Rand and Why? Add your own answer, and see others’ answers. Over 50+ answers already! What single idea of Ayn Rand has had the maximum impact on your life?
  3. Atlas Shrugged Movie Report

    What is your Most Favorite thing about the Atlas Shrugged Movie? What is your Least Favorite thing about the Atlas Shrugged Movie?
  4. Atlas Shrugged Movie Report

    Atlas Shrugged Movie Report: April 17, 2011 The other number I was watching closely was its performance on Saturday compared to Friday–because I knew that the bulk of Objectivists were seeing it on Friday. It performed almost as strongly on Saturday as it did on Friday–which is a good sign... How was the movie received by Objectivists? I conducted a poll of my Facebook friends asking them to rate the movie as wither Excellent (5 stars), Good (4 stars), Average (3 stars), Poor (2 stars) or Awful (1 star). 100+ people have voted so far and you can see the poll results On my Facebook wall. If you have trouble viewing the poll results or voting in the poll because you are not my Facebook friend, you are welcome to send me a Facebook friend request. You will also be able to see my frequent updates about Atlas Shrugged Movie as they are posted on Facebook. Please add you own vote in the poll...
  5. Atlas Shrugged Movie: A Roman Copy of a Greek Original

    Atlas Shrugged Movie Report: April 17, 2011 The other number I was watching closely was its performance on Saturday compared to Friday–because I knew that the bulk of Objectivists were seeing it on Friday. It performed almost as strongly on Saturday as it did on Friday–which is a good sign... How was the movie received by Objectivists? I conducted a poll of my Facebook friends asking them to rate the movie as wither Excellent (5 stars), Good (4 stars), Average (3 stars), Poor (2 stars) or Awful (1 star). 28 people voted so far and you can see the poll results on my Facebook wall here. If you have trouble viewing the poll results or voting in the poll because you are not my Facebook friend, you are welcome to send me a Facebook friend request. You will also be able to see my frequent updates about Atlas Shrugged Movie as they are posted on Facebook. Please add you own vote in the poll...
  6. Atlas Shrugged Movie: A Roman Copy of a Greek Original

    Atlas Shrugged Movie: Help it go Viral http://shrikantrangnekar.wordpress.com/201...lp-it-go-viral/
  7. Louis Sullivan's Kindergarten Chats

    Louis Sullivan's Kindergarten Chats: Parasitism of Universities Anyone who will take the trouble to investigate universities will shortly discover that, as institutions of learning, so-called, they are bankrupt. Not only are they useless to human aspiration, they are actively pernicious, and their theory of operation is a fraud on the commonwealth that supports them. Their teachings are one long continuous imbecility. They are feudal to the core of their dried-up medievalism, although freedom pays their bills and houses and feeds them. They are essentially parasitic–sucking the juices of healthy tissues and breeding more parasites...
  8. Louis Sullivan was a giant. Howard Roark’s ideas about his work in The Fountainhead are Louis Sullivan’s ideas. While he has had a profound influence on my life, many of my friends have found his ideas inaccessible, partly because of his poetic flair, partly because of his unusual terminology and partly because his pre First World War world and sensibility are alien to them. I am going to paraphrase some of his thoughts as I reread his masterpiece “Kindergarten Chats” (originally written in 1901 and edited in 1918), in the hope that it might make his work more accessible to others. This book is about art of expression – about how to grasp the world deeply in a first-hand way, and how to create works based on those insights. Currently, I have no capacity to equal the beauty of his language, or the life transforming power of his work–you will need to read the “Lieber Meister” in original for that. I will simply select and freely reword his formulations as I understand them, chapter by chapter. As I begin, I do not know how productive this endeavor will be, or whether I will be able or willing to carry it through the whole 175 pages of the book. Please do let me know if you find this attempt useful and if so why. And if you are familiar with Sullivan, please do share your thoughts. Here are the links to my first few posts followed by some quotes. Please visit ShrikantRangnekar.com for the latest updates: Louis Sullivan's Kindergarten Chats: Foreword Louis Sullivan's Kindergarten Chats: Pathology of a Building Louis Sullivan's Kindergarten Chats: the University & the world Louis Sullivan's Kindergarten Chats: On Thought "This book is about art of expression – about how to grasp the world deeply in a first-hand way, and how to create works based on those insights. The central purpose of this work is to liberate the mind from serfdom to traditions, by demonstrating man’s natural powers in their cognitive and creative capabilities as they interact openly and freely with nature. The book places the historic feudal/platonic/static mind in sharp contrast with the advancing scientific/transformative/dynamic mind." "But you cannot do this in a day, in a week, in a year. It must be for you a life-work, a long steady, continuous endeavor. The more you think, the more you will delight in thinking; the more you contemplate, the more you will delight in contemplation; the more you act, the more you will delight in action. Bear in mind that you are not to think merely on occasions, as a sort of ceremonial, but daily, hourly, all the time–it must become your fixed and natural habit of mind. So will your thinking steadily grow in power, clearness, flexibility and grace; and you will ever thereafter feel what the spirit of independence and self-control truly means." "Having received the conventional college education, you were not taught to observe what was going on in the great world in which your university was engulfed and sealed up tight. In consequence your mind was hermatically closed by your so-called teachers, after they had put into it whatever product of the past they thought it should contain. And thus, like any other sample of canned goods, you remain quietly on the shelf where you were put. Naturally you do not know what a man of unfettered observation and fair average intelligence might soon have learned to grasp." "Every building, every work, you see is the image of man that created it. Man is the cause and the building his offspring. The bricks, stones and steel you see came together in place by an impulse that was mental, not physical and that impulse came from a man. The more the man departed from the normal, the more diseased and degenerate his mind, the more perverted and degenerate the building–which is nothing but his image." [i am posting this in the Metaphysics/Epistemology section because the theme of the book is epistemological.]
  9. Atlas Shrugged Movie: A Roman Copy of a Greek Original

    What will be the impact of the Atlas Shrugged Movie on our culture? I am raising questions about the factors that will shape the magnitude of that impact, and am answering them before the release of the movie in the hope that doing so will get people thinking about this opportunity, and will enable them to devise their own strategies for making the most of it... Atlas Shrugged Movie: Ten Million Dollar Questions
  10. Atlas Shrugged Movie: A Roman Copy of a Greek Original

    Three Ayn Rand Movies: Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead & We the Living How does the new Atlas Shrugged Movie compare to We the Living and The Fountainhead movies? Ayn Rand’s ideas grew in depth, breadth and explicitness across her three novels: We the Living, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Concretizing them in a movie form grows progressively harder with successive novels. We the Living dramatizes the sacredness of one’s own life and the destructive evil of dictatorships. The movie was made during Mussolini’s dictatorship in Italy in 1942, and the story of its making is fascinating in its own right... http://shrikantrangnekar.wordpress.com/201...-we-the-living/
  11. I saw the New York showing of the Atlas Shrugged Part I movie. The following is a link to my brief review of it. http://shrikantrangnekar.wordpress.com/201...greek-original/