The couples then mated are closer related,
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The couples then mated are closer related,
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Some similarities are too obvious. The computer, according to Carolyn Marvin, is a telegraph with a prodigious memory.(3) There is no doubt that the early electric age presaged our own. Experts defined their own status, “users” were abused with jokes about their ignorance of technology, and preposterous predictions about the complete and permanent improvement of humanity were superabundant.(3)
- "Of all the marvelous achievements of modern science, the Electric Telegraph is transcendentally the greatest and most serviceable to mankind. It is a perpetual miracle, which no familiarity can render commonplace. This character it deserves from the nature of the agent employed and the end subserved. For what is the end to be accomplished, but the most spiritual ever possible? Not the modification or transportation of matter, but the transmission of thought. To effect this an agent is employed so subtle in its nature that it may more properly be called a spiritual rather than a material force." -- Charles F. Briggs and Augustus Maverick The Story of the Telegraph and a History of the Great Transatlantic Cable, Rudd & Carleton. New York: 1858.
- "Redeeming Charles Babbage's Mechanical Computer" by Doron D. Swade, Scientific American, February 1993. (A successful effort to build a working, three-ton Babbage calculating engine suggests that history has misjudged the pioneer of automatic computing.)
- "The Electric Telegraph" a poem, anonymous. from Chamber's Papers For the People. Long. The chorus is "Sing who will of the Orphean lyre/Ours the wonder-working wire." And much more of the same on this and other topics. (Telephones for the poor... do wireless transmissions harm operators... does use of the telephone cause deafness in the left ear...)
Monday, September 22, 2014
I thought that it would be easy to find this in Common Core. I assumed that the progressives would want children to practice useless number bases – and that conservatives would be outraged. I was wrong. In fact, Common Core is all about Base Ten. If you want lesson plans in Base 7, you need Bob Jones University, the Christian fundamentalists who think that Earth is 10,000 years old. Find BJU Press materials for homeschoolers here http://www.bjupresshomeschool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/home___
Saturday, September 20, 2014
ALSO ON NECESSARY FACTS
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Even though the heroes of AS3 had several reasons to escape an oppressive society, you do not need to go to Galt’s Gulch to homeschool your children.
Would it not be a huge mistake for her to keep her kids "at home" when they could be learning arithmetic at the Mulligan Bank? The very idea that children should not work but be in school was an interventionist political plan to keep them from competing for jobs against unskilled adults. As the d'Anconia mine is delved by human labor, perhaps the children could put in 12 hours a day to benefit from the experience of learning first hand about the early industrial revolution. Well, perhaps not...
[September 19. On the "Galt's Gulch" discussion board contributor LetsShrug pointed out that in fact, the scene is from the book. I found it on page 730 of the New American Library paperback. The mother says: "They're profession I've chosen to practice, which in spite of all the guff about motherhood, one can't practice successfully in the outer world. I believe you've met my husband, he's the teacher of economics who works as a lineman for Dick McNamara. You know, of course, that there can be no collective commitments in this valley, and that families or relatives are not allowed to come here, unless each person takes the striker's oath by his own independent conviction. I cam here not merely for the sake of my husband's profession but for the sake of my own. I came here to bring up my sons as human beings. I would not surrender them to the educational systems designed to stunt a child's brain, to convince him that reason is impotent, that existence is an irrational chaos with which he's unable to deal, and thus reduce him to a state of chronic terror. You marvel at the difference between my children and those outside, Miss Taggart? The reason is so simple. The cause is that here in Galt's Gulch, there's no person who would not consider it monstrous ever to confront a child with the slightest suggestion of the irrational." ]
On a deeper level, how does one person teach another to think? You can transmit techniques and tricks and methods and tools and aids. But the thinking must be discovered from the inside. The homeschooling scene was not an element from the work of Ayn Rand. It was just another sop thrown to the conservatives.
- The coins obviously were not gold. The props were brass. Alongside Night had a real gold coin.
- We already met Jim Taggart before the marquee card identified him.
- The names on the ceiling of producers who spent the first night in Galt’s home included many who were not in the book. Among them was Ashish Gulhati, an open source hacker from India. I am happy for him; and pleased that he was included. However, it was not canonical. That being so, this was in fact a reward to contributors to the financing of the movie.
- Where did the Wyatt workers come from?
- Where did the d’Anconia workers come from?
- Cool as was his airplane – a Lockheed Electra? – Galt’s plane was not powered by his own motor.
- Dr. Robert Stadler was soft-pedaled, not identified as the government-funded researcher whose intelligence serves brutality, whose own contradictions made that not just possible but necessary.
- When meeting Mr. Thompson, how did Galt have a cell phone in his pocket? Why was he not searched?
Jeff Yagher as Jeff Allen was the capable, competent worker who is not an innovator. When the switching system breaks down, he does not know what do to, and neither is it expected that he should. But he understands what Dagny Taggart intends as soon as she speaks her first words of command. Yagher was also the narrator. That was a segue was from the story of the Twentieth Century Motor Company from Part II. That, too, was a deviation from the book, but one acceptable as the translation across media.
The scene in Galt's apartment when the Feds force the door to the motor was perfect, right out of the book.
Overall, this was a finesse. The producers, director, actors, and cinematography team all achieved as much (if not more) on $5 million as the first installment (also a grand achievement) did on fifteen. "Third time is the charm."
Saturday, September 13, 2014
However, to be an civil engineer or a mechanical engineer, you need to attend a government approved college, take a government licensing examination, serve an industry mandated apprenticeship, and, as a professional, buy a ton of liability insurance. Since 1945, on the advice of MIT's Vannevar Bush, the government has actively subsidized as many research projects as we, the people, (and our grandchildren) could afford. So, we have the same roads, the same railroads, the same internal combustion engines and steam turbines as we did 100 years ago. They are, indeed, better, but not different. The jet engine is 70 years old. So is nuclear power. We have nothing better.
|All work is an act of philosophy.|
We all get along somehow...
And that allows the lawmakers, the regulators, and taxers, and tax-eaters to believe that their actions have no effect, no deleterious consequences. They believe that human action - and human inaction - is impervious to reality, that the physical laws of the universe do not apply to their decisions. They see the tax-revenues coming in. They spend the money going out. They never discover the unbroken window.
Frederic Bastiat's famous analogy of the broken window is a law of the universe. As best as we can imagine from science fiction, any sentient, self-aware, rational being must of necessity act and respond just as we have. There is no escape. Every decision of the government must be an economic loss because the basis of that decision is for power not for profit. Economic losses are not impersonal: they take the food off your table. You do still have food, for the moment, but you do not know what you do not have because it was not invented or discovered.
|Not everyone wants to be a video game designer.|
What do you do if you cannot do what you love?
But if obeyed, nature can be commanded. New sources of energy will power the extension of humanity into new frontiers. We know from historical evidence that new arts can be invented and new artists will flourish. We could live longer and smarter, and more prosperously. To achieve that in every endeavor, we must only do what we have done to create the video game industry: nothing. Laissez nous faire. Leave us alone.
Previously on Necessary Facts
Atlas Shrugged Opening Show (2011)
Love, Loss, and Redemption in Atlas Shrugged
The Influence of Ayn Rand's Objectivism
Atlas Shrugged Part 3
Saturday, September 6, 2014
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