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Writings based on Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand's most popular novels are Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, which present her philosophy, Objectivism, in vivid characterizations.

  Metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, esthetics, and  politics are the five main branches of philosophy that she identifies. Utilizing her methodology, one can be rational about all aspects of life. These essays present my understanding of Objectivism.

Older Essays

This is Your Mind

Independence Day Special 2005

Copyright Issues Statement

Independence Day Special 2011:

 Jesus or Ayn Rand?

Don't Blame Wall Street

Governments and Individual Rights

Anarcho-Capitalism rebuttal

Doctors and Individual Rights

Internet Freedom VS On-line Piracy

Laws Must be Specific to Preserve Freedom

To Students of Objectivism

Kant as Founder of Modern Art

Thinking in Terms of Principles

The Purpose of Art

On Objectivity -- The Method of Thought

Applications of Philosophy

Happiness by a Proper Standard

Morality and War

Induction and Anarchism

Immigration and Applied Egoism

Independence Day 2012:

  Losing the Battle

On Civil Society

Batman and Justice

Paul Ryan and Objectivism

Philosophy in the Workplace

Articulating Freedom

The Argument for Freedom


Black Friday Special, The Morality of Profit

Intellectual Property Rights

How The Internet Works

Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History

The Morality of Copyrights and Patents


Freedom of Speech -- a Sacred Right

Objective Value

Teleological Measurements




Ayn Rand as a Moral Hero

Moral Integrity

On Dualism

Protest NSA Spying

The Objectivist Trilogy

The DIM Hypothesis

Tolerance and DIM

Individual Rights

How We Know



































Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2002 
Space and sight
Thomas M. Miovas, Jr.

This is a fascinating topic, but I wonder why it is that researchers (and 
possibly the blind) seem to neglect the sense of hearing as giving a 
"perception" of space and distance. As I was thinking about this thread for 
the past couple of days, I noticed I seemed to be able to experience 
"space" by picking up street noises outside my apartment, and I was 
wondering why the blind may not be able to "get a sense of space" by 
hearing the way things sound as they move by -- say cars or airplanes?

[Tom Miovas 06/06/2005: This thread continued a few years later, early 2004,
"Perception of the Congenitally Blind" and it was discovered through more
modern research that the visual cortext is used by the blind to process
information such that they *do* get a "sense of space" with hearing. Actually,
it turns out that the visual cortext functions like a huge multi-processor,
taking up tasks other than processing vision even for the sighted, if the
other perceptual processors get "overloaded" or when new functionality becomes

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