Thursday, December 03, 2009

Objectivist Blog Round-Up #125

Welcome to the December 3rd, 2009 edition of the Objectivist Round-Up. This week presents insight and analyses written by authors who are animated by Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. According to Ayn Rand:

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.

"About the Author," Atlas Shrugged, Appendix.

So without any further delay (and in no particular order), here's this week's round-up:

Burgess Laughlin presents BkRev: Edwin Locke's Study Methods & Motivation posted at Making Progress, saying, "The theme of this review of Dr. Edwin Locke's book, Study Methods & Motivation, is that everyone -- not only students in formal schools -- who learns through reading or through listening to lectures can improve their results by acquiring more objective methods and stronger motivation in all phases of the learning process."

Sylvia Bokor presents A Comment on Rational Egoism posted at Sylvia Bokor Comments.

Avi Aharon presents Avi Aharon » Education in the objectivist state of Israel posted at Avi Aharon.

Beth Haynes presents Mammograms: The Road to Rationing? posted at Wealth is not the Problem, saying, "With the recent uproar over one government commission's new recommendations on breast cancer screening, I decided to go to the source. Unsurprisingly, their own report offers no hard evidence which would lead to their conclusions. It all commons down to "Cui bono?""

John McVey presents Concretes and integration in industry posted at John J McVey.

Wayne Marrs presents Is Income Equality Moral? posted at Life on Marrs, saying, "thoughts on how to talk to non-objectivists about income equality..."

Daniel Casper presents Whatever Happened to Suzette Kelo? posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "In a country based on “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” what happened to Ms. Kelo’s liberty?"

Ottens presents Republican Party lost direction posted at Atlantic Sentinel, saying, "The U.S. Republican Party has lost direction because it no longer values its traditional individualist and free market positions."

Gus Van Horn presents "No State" Tuition for All posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "The question I wish Jeff Jacoby had asked is, 'How is Massachusetts improved by forcing anyone to pay for anything that anybody else needs?'"

Diana Hsieh presents How to Find a Good Therapist posted at NoodleFood, saying, "I draw on Dr. Kenner's advice for finding a good therapist."

Stephen Bourque presents Dennis Prager: If There Is No God, Part 13 posted at One Reality, saying, "To place the source of rights outside of nature is to deny rights. It is an admission by the religious that they believe individual rights do not exist in the real world."

Edward Cline presents The IPCC’s Square Pegs and Round Holes posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "The mushrooming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)-University of East Anglia-Climate Research Unit email scandal, dubbed “ClimateGate,” invites satire first, then serious examination."

Joseph Kellard presents Barbie in a Burka posted at The American Individualist, saying, "Despite feminist critics who attack her as a cause of anorexia among young women, the Barbie doll has come to symbolize the independent, attractive, fashionable career woman. But now, on her 50th birthday, she has had a burka thrown over her -- by Westerners!"

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