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Below are the 19 most recent journal entries recorded in
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|Saturday, March 19th, 2011|
|Thursday, February 17th, 2011|
Anyone still around?
Is anyone still reading this community? I received one of those "pick your community owner" notices and at first I didn't even remember which community this was. With the "Atlas Shrugged, Part One" movie coming out in April, maybe this community will wake up a little.
|Sunday, November 30th, 2008|
A few thoughts
Ayn Rand, in her essay "The Psycho-Epistemology of Art" (published in "The Romantic Manifesto") points out that art serves a crucial role in human consciousness. Art makes one's metaphysical value-judgments available to the conscious mind in concrete form, so that one need not try to recall and re-think a whole lot of philosophy in order to derive the motivation and guidance one needs for day-to-day life.
On of the many fascinating observations that George Santyana makes in his book, "Reason in Religion" (book 3 of his 5-book series "The Life of Reason" - available free at gutenberg.org), is that religion is a primitive form of art.
Religion can be viewed as pure allegory - as a form of fiction used to concretize broad metaphysical abstractions in a much less structured way than does fictional literature for example. One could then use religion as a kind of "make-believe for adults".
Religion today is dominated by irrationalists who deny it's artistic, fictional nature, and use it to promote supernaturalism and to justify a wide variety of other irrational practices as well. The metaphysical symbolism promoted today by religion is mostly anti-individual, and anti-life.
If one holds such a purely allegorical view of religion and tries to participate with others in almost any religion today (with the possible exception of Unitarians and Thelemites), intending to use it to concretize Objectivist metaphysics, one would be accused of hypocrisy.
And I'm not sure how this accusation could be objectively denied.
|Tuesday, April 15th, 2008|
Sorry I have not been paying close attention to this community. I have rectified that by putting us in my first look filter.
So anyway, what is up with making me (I guess mostly all of us) a community maintainer? Is there a reason behind this? Current Mood: confused
|Friday, March 4th, 2005|
Attention South Florida Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers, and Humanists
Our current members and I of the Broward Atheists Meetup (www.browardatheists.com and in www.meetup.com) welcome all interested in atheism, theism, freethought, agnosticism, humanism, transhumanism, state and church seperation (otherwise known as seperation of sturch), and related topics to our Tuesday meetings after 6:30pm. The www.browardatheists.com website has details on our venue, it is currently a pub, but will change when more members are acquired. We're already bulging at the seams with an average attendance of about twelve. No matter your age, beliefs, or preferences, we'd like to hear your opinion. Even the sternest Christians may come and present their thoughts, because if you really believe we're going to hell, we sure don't want to be wrong about the subject, haha, but most members are pretty confident about their atheism and agnosticism. I mention the invitation only to be open-minded. Anyways, we usually discuss religion, politics, philosophy, etc. but do not feel obligated to have to order anything despite it being a pub. There is no membership fee either, it is an informal event so far seeing how we have too few to be more organized, but we'd like to be! And we'd like to have enough people to start some activism and be as productive as possible.
Aside from the weekly Tuesday meetings, there are fun events such as campfires and beach barbeques scheduled. We sure would like to cooperate with other groups and more members to voice the rights and freedoms we and others deserve regardless of our beliefs and with your ideas and help, this can be made possible. The current goal is to eliminate the negative stigma attached to our labels by altruism and stoicism such as scholarships and good deeds. E-mail me with any questions or better yet, any one else you can get in contact with from the website to get a clearer understanding of who and what we are. We turn no one down and encourage debate, skepticism, and reason. The meetings are definitely worthwhile and interesting or else I wouldn't waste the little free time I have as a college student to invite any one else to come join the experience. If you are in the area and find the time inconvenient with your busy schedule, no hard feelings will be had, but at least sign the guestbook so we can know you support us and wish you could come. :-)
|Tuesday, December 30th, 2003|
Certainty of Knowledge
Where is the rational divide between:
A) I know
that this is true.
B) I think
this is most probably true.
C) This may
be true, but it also may not.
D) This is probably
E) This is absolutely
Let's take something uncontroversial. For instance, whether or not there are polar bears in Antartica. I don't know
that there are no polar bears in Antartica. I have not been to Antartica, and I certainly haven't done an exhaustive search of it. I wouldn't think someone to be irrational if they said there are polar bears in Antartica. If someone rational told me s/he saw a polar bear in Antartica, I would move from D to C or even B.
I have not seen any Objectivist treatment of this. Current Mood: curious
|Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003|
|Monday, June 23rd, 2003|
|Saturday, May 31st, 2003|
we so-called objectivists
am I the only uu who thinks this guy (who UUism makes sick
) has some good points? maybe our religion doesn't have enough of a backbone. Why don't we critcize anyone? It's definitly not because the majority of us aren't very critical of society because we are. But we are so determined to be respectful to all religions and loving towards all people, that we don't put enough trust in that faith to preach(sp?) our beliefs to others and tell them where we think they're wrong.
For instance, there is a hugely repressed dissaproval of christians that is rarely voiced among uus. We do think that other religions have it wrong, and we have it right. We just tend to be afraid of conflict.
and i also wonder sometimes if we can really call ourselves a religion since we don't gather under agreed beliefs about God, life after death, and such faith things that most religions talk about. maybe just a really fantastic philosophy to gather under, which we believe in together instead of a religion. or maybe that makes it a religion. I don't know.
I'm also not sure about the subjective vs. objective arguement since i think it's hard for any people to be objective, but i do agree that we ought to discuss among ourselves how we really can be more critical of other religions -as long as we do it respectfully. A lot of uus need to learn the concept of loving/respectful aggression.
to the host: sorry for making this post so focused on my own religion, but i don't know nearly as much as i'd like about other ones. maybe i'll join this community in hopes of learning more.
|Friday, May 9th, 2003|
Ayn Rand and Mysticism
Nathaniel Branden has some interesting things to say about mystics and Ayn Rand in his The Benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn Rand
. I especially agreed with the statement:
Ayn Rand was a great champion of reason, a passionate champion of the human mind — and a total adversary of any form of irrationalism or any form of what she called mysticism. I say "of what she called mysticism," because I do not really think she understood mysticism very well — I know she never studied the subject — and irrationalism and mysticism are not really synonymous, as they are treated in Atlas Shrugged.
|Tuesday, April 15th, 2003|
I'd like to invite anyone interested to the newly created community: questionofgod
It's for the discussion/debate of the Christian faith. Both believers and non-believers are welcome to voice their thoughts and opinions. Take a look!Note to maintainer: If you'd like me to delete this promotion, lemme know.
|Monday, February 3rd, 2003|
|Tuesday, December 31st, 2002|
|Monday, December 16th, 2002|
Objectivism & Religion
Here is a basic summary of my beliefs regarding Objectivism and religion. The reason I didn't post this before is that I did not want it to become some sort of introduction to the community. These are my beliefs as I currently hold them. The community is, and will remain, an open place to discuss all things Objectivism and religion related.( Objectivism & ReligionCollapse ) Current Mood: productive
|Friday, November 15th, 2002|
|Tuesday, November 12th, 2002|
While I agree with what he says, I think a lot of it can also be applied to today's atheists and Leonard Peikoff. I also disagree about the importance of "absolute seperation of Church and State." I think it is just good enough to prevent state enforced religion. I also find his two sided attack on revelation and religious attack on revelation to be just strange. Make up your mind! He puts any possibly religions that his criticism doesn't reach as "outside the scope of this discussion" as opposed to discussing them. That is only understandable due to the fact that the book is on self-esteem and not religion. Then he poses the question "has any religious orthodoxy ever wanted a people fully committed to the practice of living consciously?" Well, my answer is obvious. Although there are only some 3 million Orthodox Jews in the world, so I don't fault him for generalizing.
From Nathaniel Branden's The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
, pages 209-293.( QuoteCollapse ) Current Mood: productive
I'm pleased to announce the creation of an LJ community for Deists. Deists, as you may know, acknowledge the existence of a singular, non-interventionist benevolent God that is supported by physical and mathematical evidence-- not faith. Deism rejects all revealed religion as unsupported hearsay.
Deism claims, among its subscribers: Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Thomas Paine, Ethan Allen, etc.
The community is located: http://www.livejournal.com/users/deists/
|Monday, November 11th, 2002|
Passive Children of G-d
From The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
by Nathaniel Branden
. Pages 108-109.
Self-esteem is not a gift I can receive from someone else. It is generated from within. To wait passively for something to happen that will raise my self-esteem is to sentence myself to a life of frustration. Current Mood: productive
Once when I was lecturing to a group of psychotherapists on the six pillars of self-esteem, one of them asked me, "Why do you put your emphasis on what the individual must do to grow in self-esteem? Isn't the source of self-esteem the fact that we are children of G-d?" I have encountered this question a number of times.
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|Thursday, November 7th, 2002|
I would like to suggest that you add "unitarians" to the Interests list.
The struggle between my humanitarian upbringing and my continuing study of Ayn Rand's philosophy is a central issue in my life. I'm looking forward to this community's posts.