Re: virus: Re: The saga continues!

Nathaniel Hall (
Sun, 14 Sep 1997 09:34:44 -0600

Tadeusz Niwinski wrote:
> 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).

1) That's ones a tough one. I'd be inclined to say the best measure
would be how long after you die that other people remember you.
2) even tougher. I know Rand would have required nearly word for word
agreement with everything she wrote. How about these for guidelines:
Metaphysics: Existance is identity
Epistomology:Seeing is believing
Ethics: Reason is the good, rational self interest the expression.
Politics: Free markets and Free minds (That phrase is a trademark of
Reason magazine. Hope they don't sue me!)
If someone can claim that these are thier beliefs (and mean it!) then
I'd say they were an objectivist.

The Nateman.