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Meeting Notes

Notes on the weekly meetings of the Connecticut Objectivism Discussion Group shall be posted in a section under “Pages”, which can be seen toward the lower left of the main screen. These shall be grouped by month. Notes from last week’s meeting will be posted later this evening.

Please be aware that these “notes” are not meeting minutes. They are meant to both record what topics were discussed with the major opinions that were expressed, and to expand upon those topics. Particularly when more than a day or two has elapsed since the meeting, I will only recall the portions that I found interesting. This means that these “notes” are at best heavily biased toward my own opinions, and at worst may completely misrepresent the opinions of others.

Group members are strongly encouraged to make comments when I have misrepresented the content of the meetings!

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Organization Details

Having begun to play a bit more with the system, it appears that the posting area is not going to be particularly useful for allowing a gradual refinement of written material. Instead, a hierarchy of pages can be constructed and edited as necessary. This looks much more promising, and I’ve begun with a sketch of my thoughts on Sovereignty. The plan will be to organize these pages into a set of categories, with essays contained within each category. In addition, there is a “category” construct in the system allowing each post and page to be attached to one or more categories, which can then be used as search terms.

In the posting section, I’ll provide details such as the current post, as well as any “diary” material that I believe may be of interest either to myself or to others of a like mind.

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Outline of Topics

Topics which I hope I’ll discuss:

1) Sovereignty – definition, distinguish legal from natural, discuss US Constitution and locii of sovereignty, idealized Constitution, natural sovereignty and its derivative responsibilities

2) Privacy “rights”

3) The organization of the Mind – the mechanisms of consciousness, “subconsciousness”, and the locus of free will

4) Memory – “real” and imagined

5) Direct perception of causality

6) Market stability and its relation to a floating dollar

7) Digital Physics (Ed Fredkin / Steve Wolfram)

8) Fundamental Axioms of Objectivism, and their interrelations

9) Artificial Intelligence – Consciousness? Free Will?

10) Development of Children vs their Rights

11) Howard Roark and John Galt – two aspects of living Objectivism

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Introduction and Explanation

I consider myself an Objectivist in training. I’ve been actively studying and “living” Objectivism for the past 8 years, with more sporadic reading and study stretching back over about 20 years. My wife and I run a small discussion group which has met weekly for at least 5 years now, with a variable membership. Our discussions are centered on technical issues, though we have certainly spent plenty of time entertaining ourselves in non-technical conversation, movie nights, and the like.

By profession, I am an optical engineer, working for a company which manufactures optical systems mostly for the US military. My specialty is mathematical algorithm and software development, though the scope of what I’ve done for the Company far exceeds this description.

So much for the introduction. Now, to explain this Blog.

Throughout my life I’ve considered myself a “thinker”, and yet I’ve done very little to document my thoughts. I have kept paper and pen journals, but I find this to be slightly daunting. Despite the convenience of creating a tangible “book” in which all thoughts are to be recorded, the inflexibility and relative permanence of paper and pen, as well as the issue of efficiency vrs legibility, create a desire to lay down thoughts in the journal only in final form. I have found, however, that without recording thoughts in raw form, final form is elusive.

This blog is an attempt at using a different medium for building a body of recorded thought. Advantages include universality of access, so that I can record thoughts as they occur, regardless of my physical location; infinite ability to edit and re-edit; efficiency of typing vrs handwriting; and trivial ability to share the content with others. The only perceived disadvantages are the question of permanence, the ability to transfer information back to different media, and the danger of letting the casual nature of the medium infect the writing style.

What you will not expect to find here are completed thoughts. As the title indicates, this is a “laboratory” – I will be experimenting with ideas, they will likely be in raw form, and (unless I indicate otherwise) I may not be committed to the opinions I express. Like a real-life basement laboratory, you may find it to be a mess and apparently disorganized. The hope is that I will find it useful.

Nonetheless, if you have found your way here, feel free to read the content and comment. Can’t say I’ll respond to comments I don’t care for, but that is a risk you’ll need to take.

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