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#1 Tue 20th Jul 2010 08:22 am

SW
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Playboy Interview Ayn Rand 1964

http://www.ellensplace.net/ar_pboy.html

PLAYBOY: Miss Rand, your novels and essays, especially your controversial best seller, Atlas Shrugged, present a carefully engineered, internally consistent world view. They are, in effect, the expression of an all-encompassing philosophical system. What do you seek to accomplish with this new philosophy?

RAND: I seek to provide men -- or those who care to think -- with an integrated, consistent and rational view of life.


HOPE is the thing with feathers   
That perches in the soul,   
And sings the tune without the words,   
And never stops at all        Emily Dickinson

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#2 Tue 20th Jul 2010 02:11 pm

lyttylbyrdy
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Re: Playboy Interview Ayn Rand 1964

Hey SW, did TP put you up to posting this?  wink  Apparently we have rather differing opinions about Rand's work, although mine isn't fully formed yet.  So far I've taken the hook and the line but not the sinker.

I must admit I do find her philosophy very compelling.  Atlas Shrugged made a huge impression on me when I read it years ago.  And I've only recently finished The Fountainhead but I found it equally impressive, however awful it felt to see some of my own personality traits glaryingly reflected back at me from a few of her less than desirable characters.  And I've heard that movie is worth the watch too, if you can find a copy.  We the Living didn't have quite the same effect but it got her point across, I think.

So anyway, thanks for posting this interview.  Looks good at a glance - kinda like the Coles notes version for Objectivism.  tummenupp

PS - I actually added that Nietzsche quote to my signature after reading The Fountainhead.  I thought it truly profound.


"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit.  The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are." ~Marcus Aurelius

"The noble soul has reverence for itself." ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

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#3 Thu 22nd Jul 2010 05:00 pm

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SW wrote:

http://www.ellensplace.net/ar_pboy.html

PLAYBOY: Miss Rand, your novels and essays, especially your controversial best seller, Atlas Shrugged, present a carefully engineered, internally consistent world view. They are, in effect, the expression of an all-encompassing philosophical system. What do you seek to accomplish with this new philosophy?

RAND: I seek to provide men -- or those who care to think -- with an integrated, consistent and rational view of life.

and this isn't mockery?

never read the book. never will but she in this one reply sounds quite cunning


Arrow

And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.

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#4 Sat 24th Jul 2010 07:03 am

SW
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I've been back and forth on the philosophy of Ayn Rand. I find something different every time which leads me somewhere else. And makes me think of impossible things.

I like thinking of impossible things.


HOPE is the thing with feathers   
That perches in the soul,   
And sings the tune without the words,   
And never stops at all        Emily Dickinson

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#5 Sat 24th Jul 2010 04:57 pm

Tom Paine
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Re: Playboy Interview Ayn Rand 1964

Her intellect is sharp as a laser, and challenging to anyone who fancies themselves
a thinker.  But I can't say that I ever picked up much from her heart chakra.

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#6 Sun 25th Jul 2010 02:32 am

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Dual Centabalitos:

Ayn Rand was HUGE in This Feed-Back-Loop (Cybernetically Speaking).

Early ‘80s, read Everything She'd Written,

Including subscribing to The Objectivist Newsletter.

Her Emphasis On the Individual and Genuine Achievement,

ooooooopposed to the general, lowest-common-denominator / consensus

Which these days might be termed: the sheeple's podville.

In that same TimeFrame, the Concepts of Quantum Mechanics began making “InRoads” to Awareness.

Then, ‘85, the Doors Blew Off And Seth Walked In.

Considering Ayn from that point to the Current one:

Ayn was a Left Brain Genius !!!

But As The T And The P just noted, this was at the “expense” of

The Intuitive / Heart / Mind Synergy.


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#7 Sun 25th Jul 2010 09:10 am

voici
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Exploring Seth's Concepts

THE UNIVERSE AS A HOLOGRAM... DOES OBJECTIVE REALITY EXIST... OR IS THE UNIVERSE A PHANTASM?

http://www.spiritual-endeavors.org/seth/hologram.htm

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#8 Mon 16th Aug 2010 06:22 am

SW
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v649/Connie1947/aynrandmessage.jpg




'Read Ayn Rand': World's Biggest Message?
Man 'Writes' Message With GPS Logger by Driving More Than 12,000 Miles


Author Ayn Rand has millions of fans around the globe, but only one of them used the globe itself to say so.

Nick Newcomen drove 12,328 miles across the United States to "write" a message that can only be seen on Google Earth.

The mega-message "Read Ayn Rand" now stretches from coast to coast, with parts of the letters in 30 states.

According to the website World's Biggest Message, which documents Newcomen's high-tech journey, he used a Qstarz BT-Q1000X GPS tracking device as a "pen" to write his message as he drove. When he wanted to create the lines that would form letters, he turned the device on. In between letters, he turned it off.

The GPS logger lets users turn their travel records into files that can be displayed on a Google Earth map.

Newcomen first mapped the route he would need to drive to spell out his message. Then he hopped into his car and spent part of the spring and summer of this year driving around. And he footed the entire bill.

Ayn Rand Fan Spent 30 Days 'Writing' GPS Message

"The main reason I did it is because I am an Ayn Rand fan," he told Wired magazine. "In my opinion if more people would read her books and take her ideas seriously, the country and world would be a better place — freer, more prosperous and we would have a more optimistic view of the future."

Others have used GPS technology to create art and communicate messages, but Newcomen may be among the most ambitious.

He started his adventure in Marshall, Texas, outside a movie theater, then headed north. He passed through 30 states on his month-long trip, Wired reported. He ended up near Albany, Texas, about 300 miles from his starting point.

"The first word I wrote actually was the word 'Rand', then I went up North to do the word 'Read' and finished it with 'Ayn,'" Newcomen said.

Rand Best Known for 'Atlas Shrugged,' Objectivism

Ayn Rand was an author and philosopher best known for her novels "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead." She developed a philosophy she called objectivism. Many libertarians cite her as inspiration.

Along with a description of Newcomen's trip, the World's Biggest Writing website includes a list of the top 10 reasons to read Ayn Rand.

According to the list, "Atlas Shrugged" is the "second most influential book for Americans today" after the Bible, said a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/read-a … d=11394020

Now I have to admit that I have not read her books, and have only read numerous discussions of her philosophy. I inherited all my parent's books and The Fountainhead was one of the books. I don't know why I have never read it, I think that now I probably will. But all the weird strange things surrounding the "Who is John Galt" makes me see riddles within riddles. I have found some very strange things indeed chasing John Galt. Will bring them here if anyone is interested.

And this whole story above is sort of a riddle within a riddle isn't it? World's biggest message? Read Ayn Rand?


HOPE is the thing with feathers   
That perches in the soul,   
And sings the tune without the words,   
And never stops at all        Emily Dickinson

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#9 Fri 20th Aug 2010 02:21 pm

lyttylbyrdy
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Registered: Mon 28th Jan 2008

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You speak true, TP & SiriArc.  Although I sensed all that I couldn't quite put my finger on it so thanks for clearing that up for me.  However, I'm still not ready to let go of the whole kitnkaboodle.  I think there is a lot to be learned here, even if only from a left-brained perspective.

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voici, you hit the next nail on the head with that link cuz the next thing I'd want to explore is whether or not her basic premise, "the axiom that existence exists", is indeed true.  Not sure that could ever be proven, and it may be just as likely disproven, but I'll check out what Seth has to say about it even tho I'm not really a fan. 

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SW wrote:

Now I have to admit that I have not read her books, and have only read numerous discussions of her philosophy. I inherited all my parent's books and The Fountainhead was one of the books. I don't know why I have never read it, I think that now I probably will. But all the weird strange things surrounding the "Who is John Galt" makes me see riddles within riddles. I have found some very strange things indeed chasing John Galt. Will bring them here if anyone is interested.

Well, I'm interested.  I'm the opposite of you; I've read some of her books but none of the discussions so now my curiousity is definitely piqued.  What are these riddles within riddles of which you speak, woman?


"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit.  The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are." ~Marcus Aurelius

"The noble soul has reverence for itself." ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

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#10 Sat 21st Aug 2010 01:20 am

SiriArc
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From: Denver
Registered: Thu 31st Jan 2008

Re: Playboy Interview Ayn Rand 1964

Wyrd For The Byrd



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Galt

As the plot unfolds, Galt is acknowledged to be a creator and inventor who symbolizes
The Power Of The Individual capitalist. He serves as an idealistic counterpoint to the social and economic structure depicted in the novel. The depiction portrays a society based on oppressive bureaucratic functionaries and a culture that embraces the stifling mediocrity and egalitarianism of socialistic idealism. In this popular mass ideology, the industrialists of America were a metaphorical Atlas of Greek mythology, holding up the sky, whom Galt convinces to "shrug,"
by refusing to lend their productive genius to the regime any longer.

The Galt character has been compared to various iconic figures from literature and history. In the novel itself, he is compared with Prometheus from the Greek myths. In contrast to Prometheus, who suffered for bringing a great benefit to mankind, Galt refuses to suffer and withdraws the benefit instead.
Rand scholar Mimi Reisel Gladstein sees similarities to the figures of
Arthur and Galahad from the Arthurian legends.


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