December 16, 2006

Notes from the conference.

Just a page, with a quote I felt moved to jot down:

notes at a conference

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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Practicing political Darwinists are not too likely to be concerned about souls (or hearts). It is all about the mind. And markets.

corporate law drudge said...

They have great croissants at the Sofitel. And comfortable beds.

Alan said...
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Alan said...

Transhumanist thinkers postulate that human beings will eventually be transformed into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label "posthuman". LINK

I think technology will be involved when these humans reach a higher level of consciousness and transform into a beam of light--a sort of quantum leap in radical evolution. Scary stuff...no doubt they're marxist.

Zeb Quinn said...

To me, to understand Libertarianism you have to read Ayn Rand. And if you read her you will find things, some very good things in fact, but one thing you won't find is anything about the human soul.

caffeine soldier said...

"one thing you won't find is anything about the human soul."

Well, I guess that supports Althouse's view. I'm a bit surprised about her side blow against linertarians, though.
Let the outcries of the obectivists begin!
:)

Gerry said...

I am curious about how that line is in quotes. Was it said aloud? If so, who said it? Was Althouse quoting Althouse? Was Althouse jotting down her thoughts, or the thoughts of someone else? If someone else, did she quote it in agreement, or to pick it apart, or to think about it some more?

Ah, sketches. They say so much, but so little, inviting discussion that could be resolved, or sidetracked, with an explanation or two from the sketcher...

Ann Althouse said...

Gerry: It was said aloud and not by me. It was a little aside, intended to be humorous, but with -- I think -- I ring of truth.

Paul Zrimsek said...

"Petrograd does not need a soul; it has a mind." -- Ayn Rand, We the Living

caffeine soldier said...

“There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

reader_iam said...

Paul: Good move, quoting from "We The Living" in particular.

reader_iam said...

I missed this one last night. Disgusted with the Republican party over such as issues as spending and privacy, former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr has switched to the Libertarian Party and will be the party's Regional Representative to the South.

PG said...

We the Living is Rand's best novel. I agree that libertarians who haven't progressed past Ayn Rand are a little scary; they are to literature/ politics what a 30-year-old still listening to N'Sync is to music. Although reading Ayn Rand is really necessary for understanding Libertarians, particularly the nuttier ones. Nuttier ones = sense of persecution. In fact I think a sense of persecution distinguishes all people at the far ends of political spectra from people more toward the middle.

hdhouse said...

the doodles have a double insight:

1. the conference had about as much substance as george bush's reading list without the popup books and
2. little orphan annie althouse as the attention span of george bush.

I can just imagine ann's first day of con law:

class class come to order. the topic today is:

"we the people..." surely they didn't mean all people. dismissed.

Meade said...

"Neither Hanna, born in 1910, nor Barbera, born in 1911, set out to be cartoonists. Barbera, who grew up in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, originally went into banking. Soon, however, he turned his doodles into magazine cartoons and then into a job as an animator."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061218/ap_on_en_ot/obit_barbera_13

perry said...

If being soulless equals trusting in people the ability to work out most issues and problems by themselves with a minimum of force and coersion from third parties, than call me soulless.

Personally I find it soulless that so many people think that not only do they have the answer to other people's problems, but that they have the right to fix those problems on their behalf.

As Bastiat once said,

"The plans are all different, but the planners are all the same".

R C Dean said...

Nothing says "soulless" like being in favor of freedom and liberty.

In my mind, if you want to see "soulless", you need to look no further than the works of the Almighty State.