Washington Metro Objectivism Discussion (WMOD) February 1996 Meeting GAME FOR OBJECTIVISTS The February 21 meeting of WMOD will focus on a game that has been suggested as a means for developing a deeper understanding of Objectivist ideas. I first heard of the "Concepts in a Hat" game in a tape lecture recorded by philosopher Leonard Peikoff in 1987. He said that when he was first learning Objectivism, he was helped by playing this game. Nathaniel Branden has also said that that he found this game useful. The rules are quite simple: just take 25 or more ideas central to Objectivism, write them on slips of paper, put them in a bowl or hat, draw two at random, and then try to explain the relationship between the ideas. First you have to define the two ideas, and then you have to determine whether one is dependent on the other, or whether they are both dependent on a third idea. For example, Peikoff says that when he started playing the game many years ago, he was stumped when he was asked to explain the connection between "private roads" and "the validity of the senses". Finally he worked it out. Private roads are an expression of the fact that the purpose of government is only the protection of individual rights. Individual rights are defended on the basis that man is a rational being who survives by the exercise of his mind, so he has to be left free. Finally, the validity of man's mind depends on the validity of the senses because the mind is the conceptualization of sensory data. Therefore you can see from this rough analysis that it is useless to argue for private roads with someone who rejects the validity of the senses. When and Where? Join us for dinner on Wednesday 2/21 when we will discuss the game and attempt to play it. You can either join us for dinner at 7 pm and/or for the discussion at 8:15 pm at the Fortune Chinese Restaurant at Baileys Xroads, VA on Route 7 between 7 Corners and Columbia Pike (5900 Leesburg Pike 703/998-8888). You can take METRO to the West Falls Church stop and then take METRO buses 29A or 29B East on Route 7 toward Baileys Xroads. The Fortune is on this route. After the meeting we can give you a ride back to a METRO station. WMOD has arranged for a $15 fixed price dinner (including tax and tip). Or you can order from the menu. Please RSVP to WMOD (703) 820-7696 before noon Wednesday 2/21 so that we can tell the restaurant how many tables to set up. March 9 in NYC: Ayn Rand's Life Lyceum International will hold a day-long "Celebration of Ayn Rand's Life" on Saturday March 9 at the New York Marriott Financial Center. The talks include: * "Discovering Ayn Rand: the Expected and the unexpected, or The Adventures of a Biographer" by Richard E Ralston; * "Ayn Rand's Journals" by David Harriman; * "The Making of a Documentary" (with footage from the documentary "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life"; * "Treasures from the Archives" by Michael Berliner; and * Q&A with all lecturers. Call the Lyceum at (360) 876-5868 for more information. Spring and Summer Confernces The Institute for Objectivist Studies will hold its 1996 Summer Philosophy Seminar in Boulder, CO during July. In May IOS will hold their annual Objectivism Today conference in NYC. For the latest details, check out the IOS website at http://ios.org, call (914) 471-6100, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Second Renaissance Conferences has announced that their conference "Ideas for the Rational Mind" will be held 6/29-7/14 at Tysons Corner, VA. Call (203) 791-1755 for information. +----------------------+-----------------------------+ |Dave Saum |Email : DSaum at infiltec.com | |WMOD |Tel : 703/820-7696 | |PO Box 8007 |Fax : 703/671-9350 | |Falls Church, VA 22041|"Sapere aude" (dare to know) | +----------------------+-----------------------------+
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