TUE May 5 - End of TVOAR and Last Meeting at Hazelton Home

We will discuss the last 2 chapters to finish The Vision of Ayn Rand. This will be the last
Arizona Objectivists meeting at the Hazelton home. Jackie is stepping down as leader.
Other members may assume leadership of the group so watch for a communication later in the year.

When reading, if you think of a discussion question(s), please email it. I will include all the discussion questions in the reminder email on Wednesday, April 1. Thanks, Jackie

WHEN:
TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 6:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
The Vision of Ayn Rand
The Basic Principles of Objectivism NBI Lecture Series
by Nathaniel Branden

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

READINGS:
Chapter 20, The Benevolent Sense of Life
Pages 505-527 (23 pages)
Epilogue: The Benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn Rand
Pages 529-555 (27 pages)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
Chapter 20, The Benevolent Sense of Life

1. p. 505.1 What is a “sense of life”? Is it a feeling? Is it a perception? From Jackie

2. p. 505-11 The phrase ’sense of life’ would seem to refer to the world in which one lives, yet Branden’s chapter is about neurosis (repression/suppression) and characters in Rand’s novels. Why would he be unable to write about the larger world? From Jim

3. p. 508.7 “Ignorance is NOT bliss, not in any . . aspect of man’s life . . “. What do you think of this statement? Is there no situation where not knowing something, one would be better off (happier not knowing)? From Cindy

4. p. 512.2 ” . . most of you have come to accept irrationality . . . as the metaphysically normal . . . and inevitable in human nature.” Do you find this to be so in your mind? From Cindy

5. p. 515.5 Is the malevolent universe premise truly an error? Depending on your situation, there are facts of reality that support it. p. 516.4 “‚Ķbecause one’s desire for rationality, for greatness, for human understanding is metaphysically right.” p. 526.0 Is the “benevolent universe premise” supported by reality and is it necessary premise for Objectivism? From Jackie

6. p. 517.1 Do you think “Dominique is an exceptionally noble representative” of the malevolent universe premise? From Cindy

7. p. 525.5 “We are living in an age which future generations will recognize to be the age of pre-reason.” If this is so, do we now live in an age of reason? From Cindy

8. p. 525.2 Branden says we have to “learn how to live for our values”. Can you explain how you have done that? On the other hand, have you ever had to compromise your values in your life? From Cindy

9. Benevolence is defined as the disposition to do good (Webster’s 7th Collegiate Dictionary). Is this chapter aptly titled? From Cindy

10. Does the Objectivist emphasis on reason preclude or diminish learning from experience? From Jim

11. In ‘Rationalism and Politics’ Michael Oakeshott writes that a characteristic of the rationalist is the inability to believe that anyone who thinks honestly and clearly will think different from himself. Does this observation apply to Branden? From Jim

Epilogue: The Benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn Rand
Now that we have reached the end of the book:

12. Is there one new thing you have learned about Rand’s ideas? From Jim

13. Is there one new thing you have learned about your own ideas? From Jim

14. p. 530.5 Why do you think people find it to be a struggle to apply Rand’s teachings to their own lives?

15. p. 538.3 Mysticism and Reason “If someone disagrees with your notion of “the reasonable,” it can feel appropriate to accuse him or her of being “irrational.” Are Objectivists too quick to do that?

16. p. 541-3 Emotion Does Objectivism encourage you to ignore your feelings? When there is a clash between mind and emotion, what is needed, says Branden, is not a renunciation of emotion, but a better balance between emotion and thinking. Thinking needs to be added to the situation; emotion does not need to be subtracted from the situation.

17. p. 547 Moralism Are people forever damned by errors of morality? Is there redemption in Objectivism?

18. p. 553.1 Is Objectivism too simplistic? “Rand held the view that human beings can be understood exclusively in terms of their premises, that is, in terms of their basic philosophical beliefs, along with they free will choices. This view is grossly inadequate to the complexity of the actual facts.”

19. p. 533-7 What are the benefits of the philosophy of Ayn Rand? Do you agree? Are there any that are important to you that Branden did not mention?
- p. 534.4 a comprehensive and intelligible view of the universe
- p. 535-7 a radiantly rational inspiration vision of hope

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
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TUE Mar 3 - TVOAR Chapters 18 & 19 Romanticism II & Evil

We will cover 2 chapters in March and 2 chapters in April to finish the book.

When reading, if you think of a discussion question(s), please email it. I will include all the discussion questions in the reminder email on Wednesday, February 25. Thanks, Jackie

WHEN:
TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 6:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
The Vision of Ayn Rand
The Basic Principles of Objectivism NBI Lecture Series
by Nathaniel Branden

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

READINGS:
Chapter 18, Romanticism, Naturalism and the Novels of Ayn Rand Part II
Pages 455-475 (21 pages)
Chapter 19, The Nature of Evil
Pages 477-503 (27 pages)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
Will be sent in the reminder email.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
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TUE Feb 3 - TVOAR Chapter 17 Romanticism, Naturalism and the Novels of Ayn Rand

When reading, if you think of a discussion question(s), please email it. I will include all the discussion questions in the reminder email on Wednesday, January 28. Thanks, Jackie

WHEN:
TUESDAY, February 3, 2015 6:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
The Vision of Ayn Rand

The Basic Principles of Objectivism NBI Lecture Series
by Nathaniel Branden

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

READINGS:
Chapter 17, Romanticism, Naturalism and the Novels of Ayn Rand
Pages 433-453 (21 pages)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
Will be sent in the reminder email.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
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SAT Dec 20 - Solstice Pizza Party and Gift Exchange

Jackie & Lyman Hazelton are hosting the annual
Arizona Objectivists’ Solstice Party at their home on
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 6 PM.
Note earlier start time.

DINNER:
The traditional Pizza ordered out for $5 per person.
There will also be holiday sweets for dessert and
non-alcoholic beverages. If you have special dietary needs or
would prefer an alcoholic beverage, please feel free to bring
what you require or desire, for yourself or to share.

GIFT EXCHANGE:
We will play a present guessing game to sharpen our logical
reasoning skills and get to know each other better. Please
bring a wrapped gift worth $20 or more which represents
something about yourself (but of course should be an object
that someone else might like). Before entering, place the gift
in a brown paper bag (at the door) and then give it to Lyman to be
put in the guest room. After dinner, we will draw numbers and begin
the present selection and analysis. Each gift will be opened, written
down on your list and analyzed. Once all gifts are opened, you
must finalize your guess at who gave each gift. Starting with the
first gift, the real giver reveals himself/herself and explains the
gift selection. Why, for example, he gave the CD and a
potato perched on a styrofoam couch. The person who gets the
most correct gets an additional gift from Jackie. Ayn Rand’s
Collective played this type of game at Christmas time. If you prefer
not to bring a gift, you can forego participation in the exchange but
may still assist in the guessing.

TOPIC:
Solstice Pizza Party & Gift Exchange

WHEN:
SATURDAY, December 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
A $5 contribution for pizza and a wrapped gift worth $20 or more.
In previous years gifts included books, food, CD’s, alcohol, DVD’s,
tools, candy, gift baskets.

Hope you can join us.

Happy Holidays,
Jackie Hazelton

TUE DEV 2 - TVOAR Chapter 16 The Psychology of Sex

When reading, if you think of a discussion question(s), please email it. I will include all the discussion questions in the reminder email on Wednesday, November 26. Thanks, Jackie

WHEN:
TUESDAY, December 2, 2014 6:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
The Vision of Ayn Rand
The Basic Principles of Objectivism NBI Lecture Series
by Nathaniel Branden

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

READINGS:
Chapter 16, The Psychology of Sex
Pages 401-431 (31 pages)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
Will be sent in the reminder email.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
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TUE Nov 4 - TVOAR Chapter 15 Common Fallacies About Capitalism

When reading, if you think of a discussion question(s), please email it. I will include all the discussion questions in the reminder email on October 29. Thanks, Jackie

WHEN:
TUESDAY, November 4, 2014 6:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
The Vision of Ayn Rand
The Basic Principles of Objectivism NBI Lecture Series
by Nathaniel Branden

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

READINGS:
Chapter 15, Common Fallacies About Capitalism
Pages 375-399 (25 pages)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
Will be sent in the reminder email.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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TUE Oct 7 - TVOAR Chapter 14 Economics of a Free Society

When reading, if you think of a discussion question(s), please email it. I will include all the discussion questions in the reminder email on October 1. Thanks, Jackie

WHEN:
TUESDAY, October 7, 2014 6:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
The Vision of Ayn Rand
The Basic Principles of Objectivism NBI Lecture Series
by Nathaniel Branden

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

READINGS:
Chapter 14, Economics of a Free Society
Pages 353-374 (22 pages)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
Will be sent in the reminder email.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
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SAT Sep 13 - Movie Atlas Shrugged Part 3

WHEN:
SATURDAY, September 13, 2014 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Atlas Shrugged Movie Part 3

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
The final installment of the Atlas Shrugged Movie Part 3 is opening on Friday, September 12. Lyman and I plan to see the movie at an afternoon showing at Harkins at the Tempe Marketplace on Saturday, September 13. The times have not yet been posted. I will send the start time of the movie in the reminder email. You are welcome to join us at the movie. We will pick up takeout dinner at the Tempe Marketplace Food Court and then head home to eat.

We will meet back at our home for eating and discussion at 7 PM.

If you can’t wait, see the movie in your area on Friday. You can still join us for discussion on Saturday.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
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QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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TUE Sep 2 - TVOAR Chapter 13 Government and the Individual

When reading, if you think of a discussion question(s), please email it. I will include all the discussion questions in the reminder email on August 27. Thanks, Jackie

WHEN:
TUESDAY, September 2, 2014 6:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
The Vision of Ayn Rand
The Basic Principles of Objectivism NBI Lecture Series
by Nathaniel Branden

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

READINGS:
Chapter 13, Government and the Individual
Pages 333-352

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
Will be sent in the reminder email. Below are the definitions from
The American Heritage Dictionary

self-sacrifice n. Sacrifice of one’s personal interests or well-being for the sake of others or for a cause.

sacrifice n. 1.a. The act of offering something to a deity in propitiation or homage, esp. the ritual slaughter of an animal or person. b. A victim offered in this way. 2.a. The forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim. b. Something so forfeited. 3.a. The relinquishment of something at less than its presumed value. b. Something so relinquished.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
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TUE Aug 5 - TVOAR Chapter 12 The Evil of Self-Sacrifice

When reading, if you think of a discussion question(s), please email it. I will include all the discussion questions in the reminder email on July 30. Thanks, Jackie

WHEN:
TUESDAY, August 5, 2014 6:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
The Vision of Ayn Rand
The Basic Principles of Objectivism NBI Lecture Series
by Nathaniel Branden

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

READINGS:
Chapter 12, The Evil of Self-Sacrifice
Pages 307-332

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
Will be sent in the reminder email. Below are the definitions from
The American Heritage Dictionary

self-sacrifice n. Sacrifice of one’s personal interests or well-being for the sake of others or for a cause.

sacrifice n. 1.a. The act of offering something to a deity in propitiation or homage, esp. the ritual slaughter of an animal or person. b. A victim offered in this way. 2.a. The forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim. b. Something so forfeited. 3.a. The relinquishment of something at less than its presumed value. b. Something so relinquished.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

RSVP:
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BRING:
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