Re: virus: Re: The saga continues!

Tadeusz Niwinski (
Sun, 14 Sep 1997 00:51:18 -0700

David R. wrote:
>The same kind of test can be done with idea systems--see if people using
>certain idea systems have a better effect on people's performance than others.
>From the point of view of an objectivist, it would make sense that on
>average,Objectivists would be higher achievers than non-Objectivists. Such
>a thing could be tested.

No kidding, this is a great idea! (Of course someone will have to get out
of this cosy list and actually do some work... No problem, I seriously
volunteer to do it when teaching my seminars next year).

Can you help me with:

(1) Determine how to measure achievements,
(2) Determine a degree of Objectivism in one's blood (am I an Objectivist?
-- I don't know; is David R. an Objectivist -- Tim stop laughing, please).

NO JOKES PLEASE. It may be a very interesting study. Plase donate some
ideas as to what it is to be successful and how to measure it (who was/is
more successful: Newton, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates, Richard Dawkins, Richard
Brodie, David Rosdeitcher? -- we will have to assign a specific number to
each person). Money is probably not the best and not the only measure. Do
we count how many times their names appeared on the web? Do we count their
love-affairs? For sure, we can come up with a set of questions we can ask
the people we study, and find out abut them something we agree to be a
measure of success.

As to objectivism, I believe it will have to be based only on questioning,
and not the kind of "are you an Objectivist from Peikoff or
What's-the-other-camp's-name?". It has to be based on their world view and
how much they accept the axioms. What questions can we ask?

This may also be a great study towards finding cure for MAIDS. Please help.

Regards, Tadeusz (Tad) Niwinski from planet TeTa (604) 985-4159