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Yaron Brook Interviews The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley, on How Innovation Works

Yaron Brook has a wonderful interview with Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, on the subject of Ridley’s forthcoming book, How Innovation Works. You’ll hear amazing gems like this: LED lighting would be another example of something that’s come in within the last 10 years — unpredicted, unheralded — the result of an innovation by a Japanese professor 20-30 years ago. But now we can get white or tunable light out of LEDs; uses far less electricity than the preceding technologies …. is yet another step in the incredible decline of the cost of lighting. That’s my favorite example… Read More »Yaron Brook Interviews The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley, on How Innovation Works

Our Favorite Business Ethics Book is Now Available as an Audiobook on Audible

Professor Jaana Woiceshyn’s marvelous book on business ethics, How to Be Profitable and Moral: A Rational Egoist Approach to Business, has just been released as an audiobook narrated by Sean Salsbury. Does one have to sacrifice business profits to be moral? Dr. Woiceshyn says “no”, and explains why, by introducing business students a set of rational, logical, scientific principles on how they can maximize profits in the long run by acting morally. Required reading — or listening — for all employees, business students, and CEOs. Get it here. p.s. We will have a full review posted shortly!

Powerful Minds Homeschooling Books Now Available Online For Free

With schools closed mostly everywhere, Glenn Woiceshyn has decided to make many of his Powerful Minds homeschool books available for free. Writes Glenn, “While homeschooling my kids and some of their friends at the grade 6 level, I wrote a few books for homeschoolers that include text and exercises. Regarding the latter there is a teacher’s version with answers and a student’s version with the answers left out. This makes it easy for a parent to teach the material without being an expert. “The 14 books, which can be used for grades 6-8 (ages ~ 11-13), are as follows: H001-H003:… Read More »Powerful Minds Homeschooling Books Now Available Online For Free

Listen to Atlas Shrugged and Other Classics For Free

Audible.com Offers Free Streaming of Children, Teen and Classic Audible Books with No Membership Audible is offering this promotion for children who have been affected by recent school closings. From Audible: “For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. It’s that easy.” https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Happy Randsday! Give Yourself A Present This Randsday!

By Harry Binswanger February 2nd is the birthday of Ayn Rand, the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand developed and defended Objectivism, a philosophy that advocates “rational selfishness.” To celebrate Randsday, you do something not done on any other holiday: you give yourself a present. Randsday is for getting that longed-for luxury you ordinarily would not buy for yourself. Or for doing that long-postponed, self-pampering activity you cannot seem to fit into your chore-packed schedule. Randsday is for reminding ourselves that pleasure is an actual need, a psychological requirement for a human consciousness. For man, motivation, energy,… Read More »Happy Randsday! Give Yourself A Present This Randsday!

Philosopher Onkar Ghate Corrects Sam Harris Errors on Free Will

Onkar Ghate refutes Sam Harris’ misconceptions about free-will by explaining that free-will is primarily not about the reasons for choosing one’s actions (content), but fundamentally about the choice to think or not (process): to focus one’s mind on grasping reality or not. He then shows how to properly conceptualize the self-evident fact of free-will in a causal universe. Also of interest is Dr. Ghate’s The Objectivist Theory of Free-will. For a systematic presentation of Ayn Rand’s philosophy pick up a copy of Leonard Peikoff’s Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand.

Watkins on Ari Armstrong’s Account of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist Ethics

[A]chieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death. . . . You seek escape from pain. We seek the achievement of happiness. You exist for the sake of avoiding punishment. We exist for the sake of earning rewards. Threats will not make us function; fear is not our incentive. It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Don Watkins has an essay, Atlas Neutered: Ari Armstrong’s Straw Man Attack on Objectivism, that explores some of the confusions in Ari Armstrong’s book What’s Wrong with Ayn Rand’s… Read More »Watkins on Ari Armstrong’s Account of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist Ethics

The Sures on Ayn Rand and Immigration

An excerpt from Chapter 5 of Ayn Rand Answers: ARI: Can you give a specific example of when she responded angrily to a question? MARY ANN: Someone asked her for her views on immigration, if she thought it was a good thing. And she got indignant immediately at the very idea that anyone might be opposed to immigration, that a country might not let immigrants in. One of the things she said in her answer was, “Where would I be today if America closed its doors to immigrants?” That really hit home; I’m sure everyone there realized that she would… Read More »The Sures on Ayn Rand and Immigration

Objectivism’s Approach to Happiness (12 videos)

Onkar Ghate and Tara Smith join Dave Rubin to discuss the virtue of selfishness. This is the first in a series looking at Objectivism’s approach to Happiness. The full list of topics covered in Objectivism on Happiness (Rubin Report episode list): Why Is Selfishness a Virtue? Do We Have Free Will? Tribalism vs. Enlightenment Culture Creating a Life Worth Living Grounding Morality in Facts Taking Your Happiness Seriously How to Fill Your Life with Meaning Truth, Objectivity and Self-Interest Why Ayn Rand Matters The Psychology of Happiness A Philosophy of Success Making Sense of Today’s Political Culture You can view… Read More »Objectivism’s Approach to Happiness (12 videos)

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