Saturday, March 05, 2011
Two Worthwhile Posts
A post titled "Justice for Leonard Peikoff" and an addendum post, both written by Glenn Jorgensen, appear at Live Oaks. The first discusses what its author considers to be the philosophical cause of the Peikoff-McCaskey dispute.
[McCaskey] claims that a concept can be formed that "conflates[s]... very different things." In other words, concepts are formed on the basis of loose similarities -- a matter of convenience -- rather than on the basis of the essential characteristics of the constituent concretes. This amounts to the subjectivist view of concepts that says "anything goes" when it comes to forming a concept, and therefore denies the objectivity of concepts that is the essence of the Objectivist theory of concepts.Let me state now that I am very unlikely to post comments about either post here: They should appear with the original post and the rest of the discussion at Live Oaks, subject to Brian Phillips's moderation policy, which follows.
I will moderate liberally--in the proper sense of the word. I won't allow personal attacks or anything of that sort. So long as disagreements focus on the facts there will be no hesitation to allow them. And as should be evident, I will even allow some that don't focus on the facts.These posts have been up for some time, but I think they both deserve careful consideration.
I think that this is an important issue. I also think that Glenn is to first address the essential issue raised by Dr. Peikoff. That is why I posted Glenn's article.
"The challenge is quieting our ego and having the courage to listen to the market , even when it tells us what we don't want to hear." -- Jonathan Hoenig, in "When to Nurture -- or Prune -- Investments" at SmartMoney
"Kids should leave childhood with two things: (1) A sense of being loved, and (2) the ability to think." -- Michael Hurd, in "Four Tips for Good Parenting" at DrHurd.com
"If everyone knew these things, they would start to realize that crises of this magnitude are always caused by government systemic action and would rightly begin to wonder if regulation is ever necessary." -- Wendy Milling, in "Mark-to-Market Treasure In the FCIC Report" at RealClear Markets
From the Vault
The title of this five year old post is pure comedic gold, if I say so myself: "They Could've Called it 'Rothbardpuram.'"
[N]ote further that both this project and the so-called "Free State Project" for New Hampshire illustrate by their method the Libertarian contempt for the intellectual dimension of establishing and maintaining a free society. Each project represents a proposal to establish "freedom" (e.g., legalized murder in the form of dueling) via the ballot box without any attempt to win the battle of ideas. Or, more explicitly, each is an attempt by a mob -- whose members cannot even agree on what constitutes freedom -- to impose "freedom" at the ballot box of a small polity.Funny title, serious point.
Amusing Read on Crows
My favorite kind of bird is the raven, but I like the closely related crow, too. Needless to say, I enjoyed this recent Cracked article about crows.
There is a broken link within the article to a YouTube video of crows cracking walnuts using the tires of passing vehicles and then taking advantage of traffic signals to pick up the meat safely. I've embedded a working copy of the video above.