Archive for June, 2009

My Life

by Jason Stotts

As I die,
I want to be able to look back on my life,
And say,
My life was its own reason for being.

I want,
To know that every breath had a purpose
And that
The purpose was self-chosen and self-consecrated.

Never,
Shall my life be a means to another’s ends,
To be
Used and discarded for their purposes.

My life,
My beautiful, precious life, is mine alone.
It is,
All that I am, and I will make it great.

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mr. deity

by Jason Stotts

For those of you who want to understand the god of the bible better and the story behind the book of books, I present you with mr. deity.

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Objectivism and Sexuality

by Jason Stotts

On Sunday I delivered my first public philosophy lecture on sexuality to the Ohio Objectivist Society (OOS). The title of the talk was “Objectivism and Sexuality: an Inquiry into the Underlying Operations”. All in all, I think the talk went very well. The group had some good questions afterword and we spent some time talking about sexuality.

There is now a speech video of the speech on YouTube.

Anyone wanting a PDF copy of the speech can leave a comment with their e-mail. The speech is copyrighted by me and I ask that if you do ask for one, that you not duplicate it or pass it to others.

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Objectivism and Sexuality
An Inquiry into the Underlying Operations

“Tell me what a man finds sexually attractive
and I will tell you his entire philosophy of life.
Show me the woman he sleeps with
and I will tell you his valuation of himself.”
~Ayn Rand

In order to understand why Ayn Rand thought this, and why she is right about it, we need to first understand how sexual attraction works. For too long sex has been thought to be impervious to reason and completely outside the province of our understanding. Happily, however, this is not the case. In this essay we are going to endeavor to understand the nature of sexuality and its operation. By the time we conclude our analysis, we shall be able to fully understand why Ayn Rand thought that one could discern a man’s entire philosophy from his sexual attractions and activities.

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Recovering Religionists

by Jason Stotts

In case you’ve been religious for a while and you need help extricating yourself from the layers of irrationality, a new group “Recovering Religionists” is here to help. Check out their description below and their website  www.recoveringreligionists.com

(via Dawkins)

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If you are one of the millions of people who have determined that religion no longer has a place in your life, this may be the right spot for you. Many people love the social support they get from religion, but can’t deal with all the crazy ideas they are required to espouse. It can be difficult to leave a religion because family and culture put so much pressure on us to stay and pretend to believe. If this is you, we want to help you find your way out. We are Recovering Religionists™, people who have given religion our best shot but just can’t bring ourselves to believe in virgin births, resurrections, 2000 year old miracles and the “power of prayer.” We are recovering Baptists, Mormons, Catholics, Jehovah Wittnesses, Hindus, Moslems, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, and more.

Leaving religion is full of potential problems, both emotional and practical. How do you tell your elderly parents? How does it affect your marriage? How do you break the news to your religious friends and what if it disrupts the friendship? How to deal with child rearing issues? Who can I talk to about my feelings without being told, “You just need more faith.” Like you just need to be a little more gullible. Recovering from Religion talks about all these and more. If getting out of religion is your concern, RR can probably help.

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Another Failure of Religion

by Jason Stotts

In case we need another example of the irrationality of religion, let’s take a look at this new study: “More Religious and Devout Young Women Have Abortions (Despite being Educated in Religious Schools).” Now, obviously the irrationality that I mean is that abstinence-only education does not work! These women have been indoctrinated to believe that their bodies are shameful and dirty, that sex is sin, and that human pleasure is the surest path to damnation in their hell. They are then told that they should suppress their natural sexual urges, without being educated about birth control, disease prevention, or the proper role of sex in life. Of course, they then go out and have sex and become pregnant, since no one has ever taught them about birth control! Since sex is the ultimate human shame and pregnancy would betray the fact that they are sexually active, they have abortions to hide the evidence.

Frankly, no one should be surprised by the findings. I also suspect that STD rates are higher among those who receive abstinence-only education since they would not be as likely to practice proper condom usage.

The only curious thing is how some people can think that religion is not anathema to human life. The evidence is abundant. (via Dawkins)

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The Map of Human Sexuality

by Jason Stotts

I recently came across the “Map of Human Sexuality,” which is a large poster that details pretty much every human sexual activity and fantasy. If you’re thinking that that’s quite a lot, you’re right. In fact, there were some on there that I had never even heard of! It appears that people can be aroused by almost anything.

Here’s a low-res picture of the map:

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If you like it, it’s available for sale on their website: Map of Human Sexuality. I know that I’m going to be getting one!

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Objectivist Blog Carnival

Welcome to the June 4, 2009 edition of the Objectivist Round Up!

This is the second time Erosophia has hosted and we’re really excited to be hosting this week. For those of you who do not know, Objectivism is the Philosophy of Ayn Rand. When asked one time to explain it “while standing on one foot”, she said Objectivism is:

1. Metaphysics: Objective Reality
2. Epistemology: Reason
3. Ethics: Self-Interest
4. Politics: CapitalismEnjoy this week’s Carnival!Burgess Laughlin presents Seek Exaltation or Glory? posted at Making Progress, saying, “Earlier posts examined the meaning of exaltation and its opposite, humility. Two topics remain. The first is distinguishing two feelings often mistakenly conflated; and the second is deciding whether an individual should strive for either of the two feelings as a life-structuring goal.”

Exalted presents Morality Of Rational Egoism Required For Exalted Moments posted at Exalted Moments, saying, “For what reason should one want to achieve or experience an exalted moment? For the sake of God? For the sake of others (society, the state, other individuals)? For the sake of range-of-the-moment subjective whim?”

Amy Mossoff presents TV posted at The Little Things, saying, “Inspired by Rational Jenn’s “On Children, Television, and Freedom in General,” I give my own thoughts about television as a value for both children and adults.”

Jared Rhoads presents The Lucidicus Project – Editorials posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, “Jared Rhoads from The Lucidicus Project says that officials should stop coming up with “solutions” that socialize medicine further, and instead repeal the existing controls. In a word, we need de-socialization.”

Kelly Elmore presents Parenting Principle: Only Make Limits They Show You They Need posted at Reepicheep’s Coracle.

Monica presents Forbidden Fruits posted at FA-RM, saying, “Learn how the USDA actively makes fresh vegetables more expensive, while subsidizing junk food with your tax dollars.”

Ari Armstrong presents Credit Controls Punish Responsible posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, “Federal credit card controls punish the responsible to reward the irresponsible.”

Edward Cline presents The Doomsayers posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, “President Barack Obama has implied more than once that the current system of “capitalism“ is doomed in the face of his intended “reorganization” of American society — oblivious to the fact that full-scale, unregulated capitalism has never existed in this country or anywhere else in the world.”

Paul McKeever presents The Palace of Darkness: Brainless Body Meets Brain in a Jar posted at Paul McKeever, saying, “this one’s about Post Shredded Wheat’s new palaceoflight.com micro-series, and how it presents us with a false dichotomy in terms of the determination of values…Shredded Ethics.”

Ryan Krause presents Wise Words from Governor Daniels posted at The Money Speech, saying, “The Governor of Indiana gives engineering grads some pretty good advice.”

Miranda Barzey presents What is Good Choreography? posted at Ramen & Rand, saying, “What makes a dance piece good? It’s not just random movements thrown together; there is rhyme and reason. Good choreography requires thought behind it.”

Brian Phillips presents Ticking Off My Neighbors posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, “On Saturday I received a letter from the City of Houston stating that an application had been received to designate my subdivision as a “Prohibited Yard Parking Requirement Area”. If the designation is awarded, anyone who parks a car in their yard will be subject to fines of $150 per day. I have filed a protest regarding the designation.”

Daniel presents Must See JW Waterhouse Exhibition posted at The Nearby Pen, saying, “Are you a fan of late 19th century art? If so, you’ll probably want to see this JW Waterhouse exhibit.”

Gus Van Horn presents Public Funding vs. Education posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, “Freedom is of a piece, and violating part of it eventually endangers all of it.”

Jim May presents One Liberty, Indivisible posted at The New Clarion.

Mike Zemack presents Obama’s $2 Trillion Extortion Scheme posted at Principled Perspectives.

Adam Reed presents The Ayn Rand Center still needs quality control posted at Born to Identify, saying, “While individual Objectivists may well collaborate productively with non-Objectivist organizations on specific projects without appearing to endorse their ideologies, the Ayn Rand Center effectively lends Ayn Rand’s name to organizations with whom it is seen to collaborate.”

Diana Hsieh presents Dissertation: Finis! posted at NoodleFood, saying, “After two years of difficult work, I have submitted my philosophy dissertation on the problem of moral luck to my committee! Hooray!

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of objectivist round up using our carnival submission form.

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