Why did John Galt say: “I was an inventor. I was one of a profession that came last in human history and will be first to vanish on the way back to the sub-human?” Today, there is an all-out attack on inventors.
Effective property rights for inventors are relatively new, dating from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Currently, patent rights are under assault from all ends of the political spectrum and almost everywhere around the world. Was Ayn Rand wrong when she said, “Patents … are the legal implementation of the base of all property rights”?
Ayn Rand wrote the obituary of literary romanticism in 1965. Nevertheless, romanticism has survived on screen, for Hollywood’s paradox is that romanticist plots perform better at the box-office. Screenwriting teachers and studio executives desperately want more romanticism. However, the desired end-values are not necessarily objectivist. Screenwriter-turned-novelist Vinay Kolhatkar will take you through the basics of contemporary screenwriting theory and draw parallels with romanticism. After this talk, you may be perpetually walking out of theaters re-plotting the story to make it more inspiring, more intriguing, and more conflict-driven. You could even be on your way to becoming a romanticist fiction writer.
Habits aren’t just habits, they are reflections of neural pathways in the brain, laid down over time through practice. There are thoughts, feelings, and impulses that can feel like who we are, but in many cases these are just well worn patterns. You have the choice to create new pathways, new habits, that more closely reflect your conscious values and priorities; but it takes work, it takes using your will, and it takes a decision to do it. In this presentation Joel Wade will show you ways to train your brain to work for you, so that you aren’t working against yourself.
Most organizations working with ideas are at the “liberal-left” side of the spectrum. Walter Donway spent his career working for such institutions (publications, universities, and foundations) or with them (as grantees, publications for which he freelanced). Yet, he devoted almost every day, to some extent, to advancing Objectivist ideas. What skills, initiation of applied ideas, relationships with colleagues, and compromises does this require? Donway will discuss many examples—and a few crucial principles.
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