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:cmp@gmu.edu

 * 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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