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About the Future

The greatest guilt today is that of people who accept collectivism by moral default; the people who seek protection from the necessity of taking a stand, by refusing to admit to themselves the nature of that which they are accepting; the people who support plans specifically designed to achieve serfdom, but hide behind the empty assertion that they are lovers of freedom, with no concrete meaning attached to the word; the people who believe that the content of ideas need not be examined, that principles need not be defined, and that facts can be eliminated by keeping one’s eyes shut. 28 more words

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Harvard Allston Partnership Fund awards $100,000 to local nonprofits

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined Harvard President Drew Faust at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston on Wednesday to honor the recipients of the ninth round of the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund (HAPF) grants. 692 more words

In The Community

The Rise of Un-Ideas

The other day my little four-year-old boy was chatting with Grandma and Grandpa over Skype. We are teaching him to write, so the grandparents were giving him words and he was trying to spell them out. 813 more words

The Romantic Manifesto: Art is not a subjective luxury

I’ve been reading some Ayn Rand lately. I’m about 80 pages into The Romantic Manifesto, a collection of essays in which Rand argues the objectivity of art, why man creates art, philosophies roll in art, and what makes good art good and bad art atrocious. 242 more words


Stephen Hicks on Islamic Terrorism: A Response

Stephen Hicks (Philosophy, Rockford University) has an article up at his website, also published elsewhere, on “How to Tame Religious Terrorists,” meaning, essentially how to tame Islamic terrorists. 856 more words

Check Out Penn Badgley and Domino Kirke's 'Completely Unusual' Vegan Wedding Cake

Penn Badgley and Domino Kirke celebrated their wedding with a low-key yet stunning ceremony, and a beautiful cake to match.

The Gossip Girl alum and singer—sister to  465 more words


Prediction and Primacy of Consciousness

I finished Leonard Peikoff’s Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand in 2015, and on the whole, didn’t get that much out of it. It took a long time to slog through, and didn’t answer some of my longstanding questions about Rand’s intellectual history. 1,114 more words