Archive for March, 2010

TUES Apr 6 - Explore Atlas Shrugged Session 4

WHEN:
TUESDAY, April 6, 2010 7:00 PM

TOPIC:
Explore Atlas Shrugged  Session 4
Podcasts and  discussion questions on Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged
We will discuss the questions.

READINGS:
Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Chapters 7 (Part B) - 8
Part 1: Chapter 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited (Sections 5-9)
Part 1: Chapter 8: The John Galt Line
Or:
Pages 185-252 in the larger Hardcover or Softcover
Pages 178-241 in the smaller Mass Market Paperback

AUTHOR:
http://www.exploreaynrand.com/1957/
These discussion questions and podcast were prepared by Diana Hsieh for
ExploreAtlasShrugged.com for people interested in creating their own Atlas
Shrugged Reading Groups, as well as for anyone wishing to study the novel in
more depth. They may be freely used for the study and discussion of Atlas
Shrugged, provided that this paragraph remains intact in any reproduction.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
The listed page numbers are for the larger edition, softcover or hardback.

Chapter 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited
Section 5: 185-92
- What is Dr. Stadler’s basic modus operandi?  What motivates him to act as he
does?  How does he view other people?  Why did he found the State Science
Institute?  (185-92)

Section 6: 192-7
- Why does Dagny choose to take on the burden of completing the Rio Norte Line
alone?  What are the basic terms of the deal she offers Jim?  Is the deal
just or not?  (193-5)

Section 7: 197-201
- Why is Francisco D’Anconia so pained by Dagny’s request for investment?  Why
does he refuse to help her?  Why does his attitude change so dramtically in
the middle of the conversation?  What is Dagny’s response to that change?
(197-201)

Section 8: 201-5
- What does Rearden reveal about his feelings for Dagny when she suggests that
he has only ever thought of her as a man?  Why does Dagny think that of him?
Why does Hank think of his feelings for Dagny as a betrayal of her?  (204-5)

Section 9: 205-216
- What is the basic moral difference between the request of Mrs. Rearden and
the request of Mr. Ward to Hank Rearden?  Why does Hank refuse the former yet
work hard to satisfy the latter? (206-213)

Whole Chapter
- What is the significance of the title of this chapter?

Part 1: Chapter 8: The John Galt Line
Section 1: 217-8
- Why does Eddie feel like a stooge for Jim Taggart?  In what way is that
feeling right?  (218)

Section 2: 219-21
- What does Dagny’s longing for “a consciousness like her own” reveal about
her romantic ideal?  Why doesn’t Francisco or Hank satisfy that longing?
(220)

Section 3: 221-7
- How does Rearden’s sale of his ore mines to Paul Larkin differ from his sale
of his coal mines to Ken Dannager?  What do these transactions reveal about
each man? (221-4)

Section 4: 227-33
- What kind of ideas and values motivate and guide the opinions of laymen and
intellectuals about Rearden Metal?  (227-9)
- What kind of game is the delegate of the Union of Locomotive Engineers
attempting to play with Dagny?  How does she block it?  (231-2)

Section 5: 233-6
- What does Rearden’s claim that he will earn enormous profits yet benefit the
public with his metal reveal about his view of the interests of producers and
consumers? (235)

Section 6: 236-9
- How is the opening of the John Galt Line a true celebration for Dagny –
unlike her debut ball as a young woman? (236-9)

Section 7: 239-242
- What does Ayn Rand reveal about her view of the proper relationship between
mind and body in the first run of the John Galt Line? (241, 243, 245-6)
- What permits Hank Rearden to express his desire for Dagny?  What is Dagny’s
motivation for the affair with Hank?  Why is their sex so violent?  (250-2)

Whole Chapter
- What is the significance of the title of this chapter?

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-921-1156

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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SAT Mar 20 - Religion vs Self-Esteem

WHEN:
SATURDAY, March 20, 2010 7:00 PM

TOPIC:
Religion vs Self-Esteem
DVD Recording of Dr. Edwin A Locke on 11/07/2007
at Hilton Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA
107 minutes with Q & A

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DISCUSSION:
Religion is almost universally regarded as crucial to achieving happiness.
Even critics of religion often concede that it helps people live more
fulfilling lives.  In this talk, Dr. Edwin A Locke argues that, far from
being a means to a successful life, religion is incompatible with a basic
need of human life: self-esteem.

Dr. Locke shows that religion undermines every essential precondition of
self-esteem: metaphysically, it declares that man is evil by nature;
epistemologically, it regards faith as superior to reason; ethically, it
advocates the “virtues” of obedience, altruistic duty and humility; and
politically and economically, it declares money-making to be sinful, and
demands some form of statism.

Indeed, religion attacks the quest for self-esteem by denouncing its primary
cause: pride.  This talk argues that pride is not a sin but a virtue, the
virtue of moral ambitiousness, and it is attained by constant adherence to
reason in the pursuit of moral perfection–a state which religion makes
impossible.

BIO:
Dr. Edwin A. Locke is Dean’s Professor (Emeritus) of Motivation and Leadership
at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College
Park.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-921-1156

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
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BRING:
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