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by IntentionallyLeftBlank
Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 87893

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Objectivism could be seen as the worship of honesty. Do not lie about reality and do not lie about your motivations. Be honest, even when it isn't socially acceptable. Integrity is not A virtuous trait, it is THE virtuous trait. I find this contradicts something you said earlier- this makes it seem...
by IntentionallyLeftBlank
Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 87893

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Ah, well where Rand says talent here, think of her as saying the word skill. I know it's a change, but the meanings of words can change over time and she was not a native english speaker. When you recognize that by the word 'talent' she meant it to mean developed ability or skill, then you will see...
by IntentionallyLeftBlank
Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 87893

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Rather than respond point by point, I want to rephrase my arguments in a way that I think gets to the heart of what I am talking about. This will hopefully avoid dull arguments about tangential points. Rand's morality is entirely based on her projection of man AS HE OUGHT TO BE. i.e. Rand starts wit...
by IntentionallyLeftBlank
Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 87893

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

In response to Andrew. In regards to altruism- your making what I feel is a bit of a stretch to accommodate genuinely altruistic behavior into the "self-interest" definition Rand would have liked. Isn't it much more likely that altruism has some species survival advantage and is (perhaps) ...
by IntentionallyLeftBlank
Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 87893

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Like a few others on this list, I registered just for this thread. There has been some back and forth about the nature of altruism on this thread- and I think the obvious needs to be pointed out. Plenty of people donate money to charities anonymously. At the charity I worked for a few years, a full ...

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