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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.

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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: Tue, 12 Oct 1999
The Black Hole of Cosmology
Thomas M. Miovas, Jr.

As with
the sound Doppler shift, it is thought that as objects move away
from us at tremendous speeds their light is "pulled out" or
"elongated" into a lower frequency. And there is a correlation
between distance and red-shifting, leading some scientists to
conclude that the further away distant galaxies are, the faster
they are moving away from us because their light is more greatly
red-shifted compared to closer distant galaxies.

Some scientists, with the help of Relativity, conclude that
space is expanding, thereby stretching out the light. The light
that has traveled a further distance through space is stretched
more than light that has traveled a lesser distance, giving a
correlation between distance and red-shifting.

I've always wondered about this, however. Why don't at least
some scientists conclude that light naturally red-shifts as it
propagates? This would maintain the distance to red-shift ratio,
but would not require the universe to be expanding by either the
galaxies moving away from one another at tremendous speeds or by
having space expand. Sounds more reasonable to me, so why is
this idea rejected? If you say there is no evidence for it, I
say the evidence is the correlation between red-shifting and
distance. Sometimes I think scientists have a hold-over from
entrenched Platonism, whereby light is sacrosanct and therefore
can not change, in and of itself, as it propagates.

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