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When A is not equal to A...

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Ayn Rand famously said that "A=A" and nothing else. Orwell famously spent a couple hundred pages railing against "Doublethink," which is basically believing that A is not equal to A. Heinlein spends several books going on about utilitarianism, and value being related to use and nothing else, and there are no values beyond those, excepting the ones he capriciously throws in. He's the intellectual lightweight of the batch, though, so we can forgive him his inconsistencies. Kiri-Kin-Tha's First Law of Metaphysics states that "Nothing unreal exists."

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MOVIE REVIEW: Atlas Shrugged, Part One

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I was a bit delayed in watching this movie, so by the time I got around to the theater on Sunday, two days’ worth of reviews were already posted. I didn’t read any of them, but I did check out the rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just to get a rough idea of what I was getting into. The viewer rating was a very good 85%, but the critic rating was a basement level at a mere 10%. Suffice it to say, opinions are a bit mixed. I would place my own rating somewhere in between, but teetering more towards 10 than 85.

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BOOK REVIEWS: “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand (1957 - Part III)

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CAUTION: THIS PORTION OF THE REVIEW DEALS HEAVILY WITH MATTERS OF RELIGIOUS FAITH, AND COULD BE DISCONCERTING FOR THOSE NOT INITIATED IN SUCH THINGS. IF YOU ARE THE KIND OF RELIGIOUS PERSON WHO INTERPRETS SCRIPTURE LITERALLY, I WOULD STRONGLY, STRONGLY, STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT READ FURTHER BECAUSE YOU WILL DOUBTLESS ENCOUNTER CONCEPTS THAT WILL DISTURB YOU. IT IS NOT MY DESIRE TO CAUSE ANYONE ANY DISCOMFORT, OR SHAKE THEIR FAITH, I’VE HAD THAT DONE TO ME AND IT’S NO FUN TO HAVE THOSE KINDS OF SLEEPLESS NIGHTS.

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BOOK REVIEWS: “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand (1957 - part 2 of the review)

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Yesterday I gave an introduction and synopsis, today we'll get to what it all means.

OBSERVATIONS

I’ve got a thing for Russian Novels. I haven’t read as many of them as I’d like to have, but I really enjoy them for their singleminded lack of brevity. I love how they’ll take a concept or story and just keep on hammering at it until every possible permutation is driven home. I admire that level of completion, and I really have a thing for American-Written Russian Novels. That is, Novels written by Russian expatriates in America in the 20th century. I’ve read everything that Nabokov ever wrote in English, for instance. It’s important to remember, then, that Ayn Rand’s real name was Alisa Zonov’yevna Rosenbaum, from St. Petersburg in Tsarist Russia. This, therefore, is a Russian-American novel.

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Pretentious People Refuse To Admit Things They Like Are Science Fiction

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I like science fiction, right? No big question about that. I’m an unrepentant geek, and I have been for as long as I can remember. (Though my memory isn’t quite as good as it probably would have been, had I not received so many beatings from the other kids when I was young, all of them because I was a geek. I probably had it coming to me.) The point being that I’m sort of biased towards SF the way most guys are biased towards football or NASCAR: I just love it, and there’s no real reason why.

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