Archive for February, 2011

TUES Mar 1 - Explore Atlas Shrugged Session 14

WHEN:
TUESDAY, March 1, 2011 7:00 to 7:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Explore Atlas Shrugged Session 14
Podcasts and  discussion questions on Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged
We will discuss the questions.

READINGS:

Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Chapter 3Part 3, Chapter 3: Anti-Greed
Or:

Pages 816-863 in the larger Hardcover or SoftcoverPages 758-802 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.
Part 3, Chapter 3: Anti-Greed
Section 1 (816-831)
- How does Dr. Ferris manage and manipulate Dr. Stadler at the unveiling of Project X?  How — and why — does Ferris treat Stadler as he does? (816-31)
- What choices does Dr. Stadler face during the unveiling of Project X? Why does he choose as he does? What is his final choice? (816-31)
- What is so evil about Dr. Stadler’s endorsement of Project X? How will his endorsement affect other people? How will it affect him? (816-31)

Section 2 (831-850)
- What is so striking to Dagny about the world on her return to it?  How does the contrast with the valley make her see the world in a new light?  (831-3)
- What does Dagny tell Eddie about her absence? What is Eddie’s state of mind now? (836-8)
- What is the Railroad Unification Plan?  How does it function?  What are its effects?  What does it show Dagny about the looters?  (840-3)
- What is Jim Taggart’s response to Dagny’s return? What is his view of and approach to the problems of Taggart Transcontinental? (839-46)
- How does Lillian attempt to blackmail Dagny into appearing on Bertram Scudder’s radio program?  What does Lillian reveal about her views and motives in the process? (847-50)

Section 3 (850-863)
- What does Dagny say on Bertram Scudder’s radio program? How does it undermine the government and its supporters? (851-4)
- Why is Dagny conflicted about what she says on the radio?  Why is she not concerned about her reputation as a woman?  What is her consolation? (851-4)
- What does Hank Rearden say to Dagny on her return to the apartment?  What is its meaning and importance?  What has Rearden learned since the night that their affair began?  (856-61)
- What is Hank Rearden’s attitude toward Dagny’s final choice of John Galt?  Is he right to be so calm and happy? (860-1)

Whole Chapter

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


WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-921-1156
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

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
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-921-1156

BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation.

SAT Feb 19 - Technology and Objectivism

WHEN:
SATURDAY, February 19, 2011 7:00 to 7:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Technology and Objectivism

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
Please think about the questions:

1. What is Rand’s and Objectivism’s attitude toward technology?
2. How have technological changes in the last 50 years affected your life?
3. What technology do you anticipate in the next 50 years?
4. Have changes in technology influenced the advancement of Objectivism?
Jackie will briefly present Rand’s writings on technology as a starting point.
Rand wrote about technology most extensively in
“The Anti-Industrial Revolution” in The New Left
Rand did mention technology in many of her other writings.  Jackie’s technology research is attached.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-921-1156
Use http://www.mapquest.com/

to get directions from your location.

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
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-921-1156

BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation.