Washington Metro Objectivism Discussion (WMOD) June 21, 1995 Meeting "What is Objectivity?" by David Saum The Wednesday June 21 meeting of WMOD will feature a talk by WMOD founder David Saum. This is the last meeting of WMOD until September. The talk will examine the foundations of the idea of objectivity which forms the basis for Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. Saum presents the hypothesis that objectivity is a unique invention of Western civilization. Its roots extend back at least as far as Homer's Iliad. Saum argues that developments in objectivity have led to three revolutions in the way we think about thinking itself: the first in 4th century BC Greece, the second in 17th century Europe, and the third is just beginning today on the basis of Ayn Rand's ideas. David Saum is a physicist and entrepreneur working on problems related to building airtightness, ventilation and indoor air quality. He holds several patents and has published many scientific papers. During April he worked in Russia on an international research team that studied the possibilities for energy conservation in Russian apartment buildings. Saum has been studying Objectivism since the 1960s. When and Where? Join us for dinner on Wenesday 6/21 at 7 pm and/or for the talk 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 before noon the day of the dinner and talk so that we can tell the restaurant how many tables to set up. DC AREA CALENDAR * 1995 WMOD meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each at the Fortune restaurant, but locations and dates may vary. * No. VA Classical Liberal Get Together - held 4-6 PM on the first Sunday of each month in Fairfax, VA Contact Louis James 703/273-5762(h) or 703/934-6970(w) or Email:firstname.lastname@example.org * Vienna Coffee Club - Monthly talks will begin in September. Sponsored by the Future of Freedom Foundation. Call Carl Helstrom at 703/934-6969 for more information. * 7/8-7/15 Institute for Objectivist Studies Summer Philosophy Seminar - at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. For more information, email IOS@mcimail.com, or phone 914/471-6100. ------------------- NOTE: WMOD is an independent group and does not necessarily endorse any of the other groups or activities above. To keep informed about WMOD and related activities, send your email address and/or snail mail address to: +----------------------+-----------------------------+ |Dave Saum |Email : DSaum at infiltec.com | |Infiltec |Tel : 703/820-7696 | |PO Box 8007 |Fax : 703/671-9350 | |Falls Church, VA 22041|"Sapere aude" (dare to know) | +----------------------+-----------------------------+
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