"I am going to practice more shrugging in the immediate future, however."
You've made a nice site for people Michael, and I hope you don't fall on your head by shrugging.
For part two of 'Atlas Shrugged - and fell on his head': Isn't it odd that Ayn Rand is specifically making note of Aristotle's three laws of thought in her section names and also mentions it in her author background published with her book? She seems to want the reader to pay attention to it.
Aristotle is the person mentioned by the real objectivists in the scientific revolution of the middle ages as not being objective. In fact, Aristotle is specifically mentioned in connection with gravity like the cover mentioned in this thread. Galileo mentioned Aristotle in his famous gravity example - feathers do not fall less fast than balls in the absence of air friction. Francis Bacon, father of the scientific method, mentioned Aristotle and this example about gravity again, as well as many other examples. Bacon even wrote a whole book with the title based off of Aristotle's - translated it said "A new method", or a new instrument.
A new method - an objective scientific method. It's strange that the most well known example of Aristotle getting it wrong - which involved gravity (there are plenty of other examples), is on the cover of Atlas Shrugged, and the person most singled out for being non-objective by western scientific forefathers, is lauded in a book "for" "objectivists".
I think the point is - you can imagine things that can't actually exist, like a giant holding up the earth - physically impossible because of gravity. And Rand takes it on into the logic.
It's a great farce, perhaps. But it can only be a farce to be great.
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