Washington Metro Objectivism Discussion (WMOD) June 1996 Meeting Conversation with Jack Wheeler The June 19 meeting of WMOD will be our last meeting until September, and it will feature informal discussion with Jack Wheeler: philosopher, adventurer, and Objectivist. FULL CONTEXT magazine features and extensive interview with Jack in their May issue, and if you have not seen a copy and plan to attend the meeting, WMOD has permission to send you an email or printed copy. Just give us a call at 703/820-7696 or email DSaum at infiltec.com. Subscriptions to FULL CONTEXT are $20/yr (mail a check to FULL CONTEXT, 1175-D Kirts Blvd., Troy, MI 48084.) Here are the first three paragraphs of the fascinating 10 page interview: Full Context Interview with Jack Wheeler by Karen Reedstrom Dr. Wheeler has had two parallel careers for many years: one in the field of adventure and exploration as the owner of Jack Wheeler Expeditions; the other in the field of political freedom and human rights as President of the Freedom Research Foundation. Regarding the first, at age 12 he was honored in the White House by President Eisenhower as the youngest Eagle Scout in the history of the Boy Scouts. He climbed the Matterhorn at age 14, swam the Hellespont (Life Magazine 12/12/60) and lived with Amazon headhunters at 16, hunted a man eating tiger in Vietnam at 17, started an export business in Vietnam at 19, and wrote The Adventurer's Guide (New York : McKay, 1975), described by Merv Griffin as "the definitive book for anyone wishing to lead a more adventurous and exciting life." He has three "first contacts" with tribes never before contacted by the outside world: a clan of Aushiri Aucas in the Amazon, the Wali ali fo in New Guinea, and a band of Bushmen in the Kalahari. He has retraced Hannibal's route over the Alps with elephants; led numerous expeditions in Central Asia, Tibet, Africa, and elsewhere, including 16 expeditions to the North Pole; and has been listed in The Guinness Book of World Records for the first free fall sky dive in history at the North Pole. Regarding his second career, Dr. Wheeler received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Southern California, where he has lectured on Aristotelian ethics. Author of numerous articles in political philosophy and geopolitics, he began in the early '80s a series of extensive visits to anti Soviet guerrilla insurgencies in Nicaragua, Angola, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Laos, and Afghanistan, and to democracy movements in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, becoming an unofficial liaison between them and the Reagan White House. Based on this, he developed the strategy for dismantling the Soviet Empire, adopted by the White House, known as the "Reagan Doctrine." It worked. The Freedom Research Foundation, founded by Dr. Wheeler in 1984, continues to provide information to a number of Congressional offices on issues regarding political and economic freedom throughout the world and in the United States. As Contributing Editor to Strategic Investment, one of the world's most influential investment publications, his column "Behind The Lines" has developed an avid international following. Dr. Wheeler has been called the "real Indiana Jones" by the Wall St. Journal, the "creator of the Reagan Doctrine" by the Washington Post, and an "ideological gangster" by the Soviet press. He has traveled to 180 countries and all seven continents, and leads 3 to 4 expeditions a year. He and his wife, Rebel Holiday, have two sons, Brandon (age 12) and Jackson (age 4). Their home is in Falls Church, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. A full electronic version of the interview with Jack Wheeler that appears in the May issue of _Full Context_ can be found on the Web. Point your browser to http://www.rust.net/~fc/wheeler.htm. You can download an ASCII version of the same from the _Full Context_ home page at http://www.rust.net/~fc/. Last Month's Talk "What is Humanism" The May 22 meeting of WMOD featured a talk on the Humanist movement by Ken Marsalek, the president of the Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH). Over 25 attendees were treated to Ken's talk on the history and present status of humanism, followed by a spirited discussion comparing humanism with Objectivism. We generally agreed that all Objectivists are humanists, and that not all humanists are Objectivists. Since humanists are united by their advocacy of reason and science, but not by a comprehensive philosophy like Objectivism, there appears to be little agreement among humanists on many fundamental issues (such as "is certainty possible?") that Objectivism has definite positions on. Objectivists often appear intolerant to humanists, while humanists appear to be too willing to tolerate ideas that Objectivists view as incorrect. Thanks to Ken for a comprehensive overview of humanism, and for staying to answer questions until the restaurant closed at 10:30pm. When and Where is the WMOD Meeting? Join us on Wednesday 6/19. 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 6/19 so that we can tell the restaurant how many tables to set up. CALENDAR Spring and Summer Conferences IOS will hold its 1996 Summer Philosophy Seminar "Objectivism: Theory and Practice" on July 6-13 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Contact http://ios.org, (914) 471-6100, firstname.lastname@example.org. Second Renaissance Conferences will hold its two-week-long conference "Ideas for the Rational Mind", June 29 - July 14, at Tysons Corner, VA. Call (203) 791-1755. WMOD Contact Information The WMOD printed newsletter is $10/yr, this email newsletter is free. Contact: Dave Saum WMOD PO Box 8007 Falls Church, VA 22041 Email: DSaum at infiltec.com, Phone: 703/820-7696, FAX: 703/671-9350 ----------- "Sapere aude" (dare to know) --------------------
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