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I am a middle aged Australian man. I wish to promote the ideas of Ayn Rand.  I admire Rand above all other intellectuals I have read and hope that her ideas will become widely debated sometime in the future.

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10 08 2009
Chris Deery

Hey Tim

I read Ayn Rand’s works and have applied to do the course at the OAC starting later on this year.

Have you done the objectivism course through OAC in the USA?

Regards

Chris

10 08 2009
Chris Deery

http://www.heartland.org/full/25778/Science_Director_Lehr_in_Australia_to_Address_Climate_Change.html

Hey tim

Not sure if you have heard about this. Jay Lehr from the Heartland institute is touring Australia at the moment “Sorting Fact from Fiction on Climate Change”, The Heartland institute is a free-market think tank in the USA. Yaron Brooke mentioned them in one of his speeches. the link to the site is above He will be on lateline on the 12th of August.

http://www.heartland.org/full/25778/Science_Director_Lehr_in_Australia_to_Address_Climate_Change.html

Chris

10 08 2009
Tim R

Hi Chris, nice to hear from you.
I am actually quite new to Objectivism and I’d only class myself as a novice in terms of knowledge of Objectivist material. I haven’t done the OAC course. Having said that, my limited studies of Objectivism have served me very well in my thinking and also my personal introspection.
Before I discovered Objectivism, I first became an atheist. Then I became interested in various sceptics. Politically I was a libertarian for quite a few years but I was always interested in philosophical questions.
Objectivism helped me integrate various ideas I held and it disputed others, challenging me intellectually on many levels. I’ve been very impressed with the articles writen by Objectivists on the net at blogs such as NoodleFood. The articles at “The Objective Standard” are also great. The authors do a lot of work on these articles and they are very informative. David Harriman’s are some of my favourites.

Studying Objectivism has helped me focus on what’s truly important ie: gaining knowledge to apply to my life. I’m trying to better myself and my life by learning what can be known, and the method of applying this. So I try hard not to worry about “winning” arguments. If someone logically disputes your argument, you’ve actually “won” in the sense that you learnt something and you need to go away, think about and possibly reassess your position. Objectivism doesn’t have all the answers, eg/ a fully explained theory of mind. And there is a huge amount of research and work that could be done by applying Objectivist principles to other disciplines such as history or art.
However the principles identified by Ayn Rand were in my opinion the work of a genius. Ayn Rand was very good at identifying essentials.

I’d also recommend The Objectivist Seminar’s book study series on Peikoff’s OPAR if you haven’t already discovered this. I learnt a lot from reading OPAR and listening to this seminar. http://www.objectivismseminar.com/

24 03 2010
Rock The Boat

nice1 re: Rand

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27 01 2011
Anne

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20 10 2011
Lillian Kempler

Independent = not dependent on government. Or you may be a slave as you choose.

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