Objectivist Roundup

 Posted by on 30 September 2011 at 3:00 pm  Objectivist Roundup
Sep 302011
 

The Objectivist Roundup is a weekly blog carnival for Objectivists. Contributors must be Objectivists, but posts on any topic are welcome.

Parenting Is… hosted this week’s Objectivist Roundup. Go take a look!

You can submit your blog article to the next edition of The Objectivist Roundup using this submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found here. If you’re an Objectivist blogger, you can get weekly reminders to submit to the carnival by subscribing to OBloggers @ OList.com.

Also, here are the ten most recent additions to the question queue for the Rationally Selfish Webcast. Please vote for the questions that you’re most interested in hearing me answer!

Join us for the live webcast at www.RationallySelfish.com on Sundays at 8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET.

Video: Addressing Problems with Neighbors

 Posted by on 30 September 2011 at 3:00 pm  Ethics, Etiquette, Videocast
Sep 302011
 

In Sunday’s Rationally Selfish Webcast, I discussed addressing problems with neighbors. The question was:

How do I ask my neighbor not to take liberties with my driveway? I work out of my office on the ground floor of our home overlooking the street with partial view of our driveway. Every day, several times a day, a neighbor uses our driveway as a turnaround instead of using the intersection one house down, or her own driveway. My big problem with this is that she is using our private property for public use. I also find this distracting when I’m working as every time she pulls into the driveway I think someone is visiting. I’m having a difficult time deciding how to approach this as I want to remain friendly with my neighbor, and don’t want to come off as an unbearable jerk for just asking her not to use my property. How would you approach this situation?

Here’s the video of my answer:

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Video: Regretting Time Spent at Work

 Posted by on 30 September 2011 at 1:00 pm  Career, Ethics, Life, Videocast, Work
Sep 302011
 

In Sunday’s Rationally Selfish Webcast, I discussed regretting time spent at work. The question was:

At death, should a person regret all the years spent at work? I often hear the saying, “No one ever laid on their death bed wishing they had spent more time in the office.” What should a person think of that — and of the fact that so many people agree with it — in light of the virtue of productiveness?

Here’s the video of my answer:

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Facebook Subscriptions

 Posted by on 30 September 2011 at 7:00 am  Announcements
Sep 302011
 

Facebook now permits mere “subscriptions” rather than just “friendship.” That’s a change for the better, and I’ve decided to open my feed to subscriptions.

My new policy will be to only friend people on Facebook that I already know. So if you’re not already a in-person friend or acquaintance of mine, you’d have to be someone that I’ve interacted with enough online — perhaps as a fan of the webcast, as a fellow paleo-eater, as an Objectivist, as a free-market activist, etc. — so that I know who you are.

Since my feed is open to comments from non-friends, I hope that those comments will be a way to get know some awesome strangers, so that we can become Facebook friends. Basically, I hope to make subscriptions the intermediate step between “Who the heck are you?” and “That was a damn funny status update about your dog.”

At some point in the next few weeks, I’m going to be pruning my existing friend list in accordance with my new policy. If you’re reading this post, you’ll probably make the cut, but if not, don’t fret! It’s a friendly unfriending! You’ll be able to subscribe to my feed, and we can interact that way.

No Fido, That’s Not Dinner

 Posted by on 29 September 2011 at 1:00 pm  Animals, Odd
Sep 292011
 

Pets eat the darndest things. No really, they do!

Two Videos on Nudity

 Posted by on 29 September 2011 at 11:00 am  Ethics, Etiquette, Law, Love/Sex, Politics
Sep 292011
 

In Sunday’s Rationally Selfish Webcast, I discussed two questions on nudity. The first question was:

What’s the proper approach to nudity? Should we all be nude all the time? Should nudity be saved for your lover only? Should children see their parents naked? Should we have clothing-optional get-togethers with friends? Basically, what is your view of the proper contexts for nudity?

Here’s the video of my answer:

The second question was:

Do restrictions on nudity and sex visible to others violate rights? While having a zestful online debate, someone claimed that Ayn Rand contradicts herself in claiming that public nudity should be censored. (See “Thought Control” in The Ayn Rand Letter.) Since sex is a beautiful act, why should people be protected from it? Could a ban on visible pornography or sex be a slippery slope to other intrusions by government?

Here’s the video of my answer:

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The third event of Capitalism Awareness Week is tonight… and you can watch it live via streaming. Here’s the announcement:

Q&A: Can the Entitlement State Survive? And Should It?

Don Watkins, Analyst at The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights

It’s an open secret that America is headed for an entitlement crisis, with the U.S. government facing over $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Something is going to have to be done, but what? Some propose raising taxes. Others propose cutting benefits. Many propose a mix of both. The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights’ Don Watkins will explain why he thinks these solutions are hopeless. He will argue that eliminating the entitlement state will actually create a freer, more just, more prosperous nation. A brief lecture will be followed by an extended question and answer period: we invite you to come ask your questions concerning the history, the economics, or the morality of the entitlement state.

Thursday, September 29th
6:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Mountain, 8:00 PM Central, 9:00 PM Eastern
University of California, Irvine and live streamed online worldwide

You can watch the event live from this page.

Remember, if you’ve not yet contributed to these awesome efforts by The Undercurrent but you’d like to do so… it’s not too late! Paul and I won’t be matching funds as with the first $2000 contributed, but your money will be well-spent!

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Preview: Rationally Selfish Webcast

 Posted by on 28 September 2011 at 1:00 pm  Announcements
Sep 282011
 

Come join my next live Rationally Selfish Webcast! This week, I’ll answer questions on fear of death, using the do not call registry, genetic influences on thinking, the morality of selling your body, and more.

As always, it’s on Sunday morning at 8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET. You can watch the webcast and join in the text chat via www.RationallySelfish.com. Greg Perkins of Objectivist Answers will be my audio co-host, as usual.

Each week, I answer questions on practical ethics and the principles of living well. I select the most popular and interesting questions from the ongoing queue of questions. Please submit your questions, as well as vote and comment on questions that you find interesting!

Here are the questions that I’ll answer this week:

  • Question 1: Fear of Death: Should death be feared? Why or why not? Also, why do most people fear death? How can a person overcome that, if ever?
  • Question 2: Using the Do Not Call Registry: Should the “Do Not Call” Registry exist? The National Do Not Call Registry was established in 2003, and it’s run by the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. Is this legitimate? Does a person have a right not to be called by solicitors and other unwanted persons? Given that there was no real attempt to come up with a private, market-based solution for the issue of unwanted solicitations, was this a legitimate case of “market failure”? Should advocates of free markets put themselves on the “Do Not Call” list and/or report violators thereof? Why shouldn’t a person just hang up?
  • Question 3: Genetic Influences on Thinking: Do our genes affect our reasoning? Evolution makes fruit taste sweet and burning human flesh smell awful. Presumably, evolution can hard wire pleasures and pains because interaction with that thing has caused our ancestors to live longer or die earlier. Wouldn’t this same process make certain actions easier or more difficult, such as sacrificing yourself to save your child versus watching your child die? Couldn’t evolution affect that decision by making focus more difficult, so that a person is easier impelled by his immediate emotions?
  • Question 4: The Morality of Selling Your Body: Is it moral to sell your body? Selling our bodies or certain parts of them are perfectly acceptable in our society, such as being an egg or sperm donor, being a pregnancy surrogate, or selling hair. But others are condemned, such as prostitution or selling organs. Where should the line be drawn? When is it moral to sell a part of oneself — and why?

After that, we’ll do a round of totally impromptu “Rapid Fire Questions.”

If you can’t attend the super-fun live webcast, you can listen to these webcasts later as audio-only podcasts by subscribing to the NoodleCast RSS feed:

However, I hope that you’ll join the live webcast, because that’s more exciting and lively than the podcast. People chat merrily amongst themselves while watching the webcast. And I love the immediate feedback of a live audience — the funny quips, serious comments, and follow-up questions. So please join the live webcast when you can!

Finally, you can support the Rationally Selfish Webcast (and Podcast) contributing to our tip jar. We suggest $5 per episode or $20 per month, but any amount is appreciated. If you would prefer to send a check, please send it to “Diana Hsieh; P.O. Box 851; Sedalia, CO 80135.” Please write “RS Webcast” in the memo field.

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Open Thread #304

 Posted by on 28 September 2011 at 11:00 am  Open Thread
Sep 282011
 

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For anyone wishing to ask a question, make a observation, or share a link with other NoodleFood readers, I hereby open up the comments on this post to any respectable topic. As always, please refrain from posting inappropriate comments such as personal attacks, pornographic material, copyrighted material, and commercial solicitations.

NoodleFood’s Wednesday and Sunday Open Threads feature creative commons photographs from Flickr that I find interesting. I hope that you enjoy them!

 

Hooray! The second event of Capitalism Awareness Week is tonight… and you can watch it live via streaming! Here’s the announcement:

Lecture: The Revolutionary Case for Capitalism

Eric Daniels, Research Professor at the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism

Despite capitalism’s enormous success in producing material abundance and political freedom, it faces a crisis–one that may lead to its demise. Capitalism is perishing because its supposed defenders lack a real defense.

In this lecture, Eric Daniels explores the most common arguments in favor of capitalism. He finds that they all break down in the face of the popular argument that capitalism is immoral and destructive—because it is selfish. Dr. Daniels explains that only Ayn Rand’s crucial insight—that capitalism is the only moral social system because it is based on “the virtue of selfishness—can truly defend capitalism. He illustrates the need for a moral, and not just an economic, defense of capitalism.

Wednesday, September 28th
5:30 PM Pacific, 6:30 PM Mountain 7:30 PM Central, 8:30 PM Eastern
University of Wisconsin, Madison and live streamed online worldwide

You can watch the event live from this page.

Remember, if you’ve not yet contributed to these awesome efforts by The Undercurrent but you’d like to do so… it’s not too late! Paul and I won’t be matching funds as with the first $2000 contributed, but your money will be well-spent!

To make a one-time donation, use this PayPal link. To make a recurring donation, visit TU’s donation page and follow the instructions for “Recurring Monthly Payments.”

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