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  • 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
  • S. shared from What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly
    We tend to isolate manufactured technology from nature, even to the point of thinking of it as antinature, only because it has grown to rival the impact and power of its home. But in its origins and fundamentals, a tool is as natural as our life. Humans are animals—no argument. But humans are also not-animals—no argument. This contradictory nature is at the core of our identity. Likewise, technology is unnatural—by definition. And technology is natural—by a wider definition. This contradiction is also core to human identity.
  • S. shared from The Vision of Ayn Rand: The Basic Principles of Objectivism by Nathaniel Branden
    There is a powerful message of hope in Rand’s work. A powerful affirmation of the possibilities of existence. Her work represents a glorification not only of the human potential, but also of the possibilities of life on earth. And perhaps that is why her books have had such a tremendous impact on the young, on those still fighting to protect themselves against the world of adults and against the cynicism and despair of their elders, on those fighting to hold on to the conviction that they can do better, that they can rise higher, and that they can make more of their life than those who have...
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