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  • S. shared from Essays on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged by Robert Mayhew
    Compare a romantic novel like Atlas Shrugged to a naturalistic one like Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities. The theme of the latter is “New York City in the 1980s.” Wolfe’s method is simple: he records certain characteristic patterns of valuing and acting that he observed in New York in the 80s. These patterns are his standard of selection, and although he is acutely perceptive in recognizing them, they are in effect found ready-made in reality. They are not creative standards of selection. But then they do not have to be, since Wolfe is concerned with presenting other people’s...
  • S. shared from The Cause of Hitler's Germany by Leonard Peikoff
    It took centuries and a brain-stopping chain of falsehoods to bring a whole people to the state of Hitler-worship. Modern German culture, including its Nazi climax, is the result of a complex development in the history of philosophy, involving dozens of figures stretching back to the beginnings of Western thought. The same figures helped to shape every Western nation; but in other countries, to varying extents, the results were mixed, because there was also an opposite influence or antidote at work. In Germany, by the turn of the twentieth century, the cultural atmosphere was unmixed; the traces...
  • S. shared from The Vision of Ayn Rand: The Basic Principles of Objectivism by Nathaniel Branden
    What Objectivism offers you is that which was lacking in the history of philosophy: a morality of reason, a rational code of values logically demonstrable, based on and derived from a rational view of existence and of man. This is not the only philosophical innovation of Objectivism, but it is one crucially important for the translation of philosophical ideas into action and reality.
  • S. shared from The Vision of Ayn Rand: The Basic Principles of Objectivism by Nathaniel Branden
    The tragedy of Western civilization is that, while men rejected the theology of mysticism, they did not reject its ethics. They still clung to the creed of sacrifice. What changed was merely the name of the beneficiary. Not God, but society was to be the collector and recipient of men’s sacrifices. Morality directs men’s actions. So long as it remained a monopoly of mystics, mysticism had to win.
  • S. shared from What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly
    But the chief advantage of language is not communication but autogeneration. Language is a trick that allows the mind to question itself; a magic mirror that reveals to the mind what the mind thinks; a handle that turns a mind into a tool. With a grip on the slippery, aimless activity of self-awareness and self-reference, language can harness a mind into a fountain of new ideas. Without
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