Welcome to the May 22, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Round Up. This is #45 by my count, which may or may not be accurate. We have a pretty big carnival this week, on a wide selection of topics, so let's get to it!
Gus Van Horn presents Brooks on "Neural Buddhism" posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "Most scientists could stand to have a clue about philosophy before they go about trying to solve philosophical problems."
Paul McKeever presents Reason and Freedom vs. The Liberty Summer Seminar posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "This is a rare glimpse at an exchange between an Objectivist and a libertarian who simultaneously (a) wants Objectivists to collaborate with libertarians while (b) rejecting Objectivism, Rand, Peikoff, Schwartz, and the possibility of knowledge of the facts of reality with what appears plainly to be a deep-felt dislike or hatred. From a philosophy graduate student who teaches ethics, to boot."
Burgess Laughlin presents What is a central purpose in life? posted at Making Progress, saying, "The idea of a central purpose in life is one of the most important ideas I have gained from Ayn Rand, both from her writings and from her life."
Cogito presents Selected Topics in the Philosophy of Science, Part II: Limited Space, Limited Entities, Infinity posted at Cogito's Thoughts, saying, "This is the second of three posts on Dr. Harry Binswanger's lecture "Selected Topics in the Philosophy of Science" (links to the first and third are at the bottom). To sum up: Dr. B claims that infinity is invalid on metaphysical and psycho-epistemological grounds because the number of entities is limited, and then goes on to claim that time is finite but unlimited. I claim that Dr. B's claim of the finite-but-unlimited nature of time applies equally well to space, and therefore to the number of entities, and therefore the metaphysical and psycho-epistemological arguments are invalidated, and infinity is restored as a proper term. I end with some speculation on the propriety of the term "universe", and specify that my argument is purely metaphysical, and that the issue might have to be settled by the physical sciences."
Greg Perkins presents Why the New Atheists Can't Even Beat D'Souza: The Best and Worst in Human History posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Who is responsible for the body-counts of history? The 'New Atheists' stumble badly in debate against Christian apologist Dinesh D'Souza when addressing issues such as these. This is the first in a series of pieces exploring key weaknesses in their philosophical foundation -- and illustrating how D'Souza wouldn't stand a snowball's chance against an Objectivist."
Kim presents Doomed to Failure?--A Heirarchically Based Science Course for Elementary Students: Part 1 posted at Kim's Play Place, saying, "As a homeschooling Objectivist, it will come as no surprise that I don't like anyone else's curriculum. Can I make my own and offer it to a generic audience?"
Jeff Scialabba presents Raise a Glass to the American Dream: Robert Mondavi Dies at 94 posted at The Undercurrent.
Edward Cline presents Waging the War of Words posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Edward Cline examines President George W. Bush's one-day visit to the medieval kingdom of Saudi Arabia and finds it to be the perfect portrait of dhimmitude--the state of subjugation under Islam."
Diana Hsieh presents Three Cheers for Marrying Whoever You Damn Well Please! posted at NoodleFood, saying " This post argues for gay marriage on the grounds that the essence of marriage is the integration of two lives."
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Hope you have a beautiful long weekend!