Thursday, February 25, 2010

Obectivist Round UP #137

Welcome to the February 25, 2010 edition of objectivist round up. Objectivism is the philosophy created by novelist Ayn Rand.

Quoting Miss Rand, " I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism, and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows. This--the supremacy of reason--was, is and will be the primary concern of my work, and the essence of Objectivism."

Let's begin:

Ifat Glassman presents What is Selfishness? posted at Psychology of Selfishness, saying, "Selfishness is a principle by which one pursues one's happiness above all else. How is this translated into every day choices and what does it mean to be selfish in practice?
The article discusses this."

Rachel Miner presents Humor: Tool Box posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "A fun one to write, in this post I go through lots of different, practical situations and ideas for adding smiles to parenting life."

Sandi Trixx presents Government and the Environment posted at Sandi Trixx, saying, "I was going through some old files on my hard drive and found an essay I wrote in 2005 for a college course called "Energy and the Environment: A Global Perspective."

Miranda Barzey presents One Year Blogiversary! posted at Ramen & Rand, saying, "A quick review of the stats from my first year of blogging! Happy Blogiversary to me!"

Jared Rhoads presents MISDK Recipients posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "The Lucidicus Project awarded its 54th kit today to a biology student at the University of Michigan!"

Paul Hsieh presents Permanent Political Football posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "What do the Texas State Board of Education and the Massachusetts system of mandatory health insurance have in common? They've both turned into permanent political footballs for the special-interest lobbyists."

Joseph Kellard presents Letters on Tea Party and Founders & Religion posted at The American Individualist, saying, "I wrote the editors at The New York Times two letter, one a response to an article about the Tea Party movement, the other a reply to an article on the role religion played in the founding of America."

Sandi Trixx presents Nobel Prize Winner in Economics Ignorant of Economics posted at Sandi Trixx, saying, "Krugman has been on a roll the past few days."

Paul Hsieh presents Hsieh OpEd at PJM: "Government Grab of Retirement Accounts" posted at NoodleFood, saying, "PajamasMedia also published my latest OpEd on the Obama Administration proposal to convert some of our private 401(k) retirement money into government annuities in order to help prop up the failing Social Security system."

Rational Jenn presents "Go to your room!" PD or not? posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "In this post, I demonstrate the manner in which I use the old parenting stand-by of sending kids to their rooms. Our focus is not to punish the child, but to stop the infringement of the rights of others (in this example, hitting), and give the offender a chance (or two) to work on developing self-control and inner-discipline."

Diana Hsieh presents Explore Atlas Shrugged: Explore Atlas Shrugged, Session 12 posted at Explore Atlas Shrugged, saying, "This post has my podcast and discussion questions for Session 12 (of 20) on Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged.""

Jason Stotts presents The Hypocrisy Astounds posted at Erosophia, saying, "The hypocrisy of socialists is truly astounding, just ask Canadian Premier Danny Williams"

Cogito presents SEE: Concrete-Boundedness and Second Hand Knowledge posted at Cogito's Thoughts, saying, "In this week's episode, I tackle the problem of concrete-boundedness in today's students of math and science, and then I give my thoughts on the proper standards of evaluating second-hand knowledge."

Kelly Elmore presents Three Fundamental Rules for Not Raising Brats or Being One Yourself posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "Sort of parenting advice, sort of parenting critique, sort of humor piece."

Kim presents Around the Dinner Table: Family Activities posted at Kim's Play Place, saying, "Something fun we do to stay connected as a family."

Roderick Fitts presents Bacon on the "Helps" of Induction posted at Inductive Quest, saying, "It's essay hoping to clarify some of the finer details of Bacon's theory of induction."

Edward Cline presents Islam is the Enemy posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "I read an interesting Spiked column on the current "offensive" in Afghanistan. The author makes several valid points. He all but says that if the war is fought, not to achieve victory, but to attain some altruistic "hearts and minds" goal, then it is pointless to even wage the war."

Tom Stelene presents Old, Obscure, Great Books Review: No. 3 posted at The Audacity of Independence, saying, "For this review are two books on little-known history that are loaded with practical and (implicit) philosophical lessons on the moral and intellectual corruptness of collectivism."

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