Originally posted by Rob Ross:
Objectivism was a product of the late 19th century thinking. Objectivism has no place in the modern era.
Of what did Ayn Rand die? Where is she Buried?
Ayn Rand died on March 6, 1982, of heart failure. She was buried in Kenisco Cemetery in Valhalla, N.Y. next to her husband Frank O'Connor (who died in 1979). See also: "To the Reader" by Harry Binswanger, The Objectivist Forum Vol. 3, No. 1.
I want a compilation of a good list of books to read. And if they are available in etext format all the better.
Originally posted by Cindy Glass:
First, quantum mechanics has *proved* that "reality" can only be described when we are observing something; when we're not looking, it's not real. That's completely contrary to what Objectivism believes.
Hogwash - quantum mechanics has proved that we don't know diddly about how the universe works or what is "reality".
Objectivism deals with the human condition in the universe no MATTER how it works. However it works - it is there and exists whether we are there to be concious of it or not.
Photons, neutrons and even whole atoms act sometimes like waves, sometimes like particles, but they actually have no definite form until they are measured. Measurements, once made, can also be erased, altering the outcome of an experiment that has already occurred. A measurement of one quantum entity can instantaneously influence another far away. This odd behavior can occur not only in the microscopic realm but also even in objects large enough to be seen with the naked eye.
The astronomers choice of how to observe photons from the quasar here in the present apparently determines whether each photon took both paths or just one path around the gravitational lens-billions of years ago. As they approached the galactic beam splitter the photons must have had something like a premonition telling them how to behave in order to satisfy a choice to be made by unborn beings on a still nonexistent planet.
The fallacy giving rise to such speculations,Wheeler explains, is the assumption that a photon had some physical form before the astronomer observed it. Either it was a wave or a particle; either it went both ways around the quasar or only one way. Actually Wheeler says quantum phenomena are neither waves nor particles but are intrinsically undefined until the moment they are measured. In a sense the British philosopher Bishop Berkeley was right when he asserted two centuries ago that "to be is to be perceived."
Originally posted by Pranav Jaidka:
I dont know what kind of philosophy youre interested in .......but I would recommend
Ayn Rand's books in case youre interested. Her philosophy is called 'Objectivism'.
Read the following.
1) The Fountainhead
2) Atlas Shrugged.
Amazing books both of them.
Try not to emulate the characters though. Cause its not practical for most people.
I believe Ayn Rand committed suicide coz she was trying to emulate her characters and could not successfully do that.
Originally by Sharu
Any list you'll get from other people can (and probably should) be examined objectively (or subjectively ) for bias (or personal preference ). Therefore unless you develop your personal objectives and believes, it will be hard to recommend anything.
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