Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Next Meeting: Tuesday February 2nd from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Questions for our first Atlas Shrugged Reading Group of the semester. Go HERE for the full schedule of readings.

Don't forget we have changed locations, go HERE for details.

Session 11: February 2, 2010: Pages 633 - 697
*Part 2: Chapter 9: The Face without Pain or Fear or Guilt
*Part 2: Chapter 10: The Sign of The Dollar

*** Part 2: Chapter 9: The Face without Pain or Fear or Guilt ***

What is Dagny's state of mind when she returns to work after the
tunnel disaster? How and why has her attitude toward her work
changed? (633-4)

What does the revelation of Hank and Dagny's affair mean to
Francisco? Why does it mean so much to him? Why is there such a
dangerous potential for violence between the two men? (638-9)
Why has Quentin Daniels quit? How is he ready for the strikers? What
has he learned? (644-5)

What is Eddie's response to his discovery that Hank and Dagny are
lovers? Why does he respond that way? What does he discover about
himself? (650, 652-3)

*** Part 2: Chapter 10: The Sign of the Dollar ***

How does Dagny's attitude and response to the train moving and then
stopping differ from her attitude when due to the signal light outage?
(654-6, 672-88, 12-8)

What is the basic story of the 20th Century Motor Company? What is
the moral principle on which it operated? What does the story reveal
about the real-life effects thereof on the company's products,
profits, employees, and community? (660-72)

How does Jeff Allen explain the near-universal support for the scheme
of the 20th Century Motor Company? Is he right or wrong? Why? What
other motives might people have? What were the motives of the Starnes
heirs? (667-8)

What is the response of the passengers to the frozen train? Why is it
so wrong? Is Dagny Taggart running empty trains? (675-7, 678-9)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Christianity vs. Objectivism - A talk by Dr. Edwin Locke

Come see Dr. Edwin Locke discuss the ethical philosophy behind Objectivism and Christianity. The talk is entitled: Christianity vs. Objectivism: Which is the Proper Philosophy for Living on Earth?

Edwin A. Locke, Ph.D., is Dean's Professor (Emeritus) of Leadership and Motivation at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his BA from Harvard in 1960 and his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Cornell University in 1964. He has published over 285 chapters, notes and articles in professional journals, on such subjects as work motivation, job satisfaction, incentives, and the philosophy of science.

WHEN: Wednesday February, 24th 6:00-8:00pm

WHERE: ST. Cajetan's Church, on the downtown Auraria Campus

Click HERE for information on parking and how to get to St. Cajetan's on campus

Click HERE for a virtual tour, it's building 16.

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And here is a description of the talk. There will be a Q&A session afterwards with Dr. Locke

Christianity vs. Objectivism: Which is the Proper Philosophy for Living on Earth?

This talk argues that only Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, provides a code of morality suitable for living successfully and happily on earth. Objectivism holds that reality is real, that reason is man's only means of knowing it and that one should act in one's own rational self-interest, with rationality being the highest virtue. Life is the objective standard of morality. In contrast, Christianity asserts that reality is governed by supernatural forces, that knowledge is based on faith and that the highest moral virtue is self-sacrifice. It will be shown that Christianity cannot be practiced consistently, destroys the integriity of man's mind, and is incompatible with living successfully and happily in the real world.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Next Meeting: Tuesday January 26th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm


That said, our next meeting will be January 26th from 6-8 and we will be covering an essay by Ayn Rand entitled: "The Nature of Government" found in the book The Virtue OF Selfishness

If you don't own the book you may read the text here and there is a supplemental audio track if you'd like to listen to that as well, HERE

Please have read atleast the essay, it's not very long. We are using meeting plans developed by other long standing Objectivist campus clubs to help along our discussion and to ensure a thorough study of the essay.