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The Atlas Society has launched its new mobile-friendly website which features simplified navigation. Mobile traffic to our site continues to grow significantly; it has increased 82% year-to-date compared with the same period last year. We have successfully targeted the 18-34 year old demographic, which has grown rapidly and now accounts for the majority of all of our site traffic.
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 The Atlas Society (TAS) offers a monthly Research Workshop online for advanced scholars. In the Research Workshop in Objectivist Philosophy, we discuss new and classic writings deepening and extending Objectivism.
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The current issue of Reason Papers features a paper by Atlas Society founder David Kelley. The paper, “Happiness or Life, or Both,” is a reply to a paper by Ole Martin Moen published in a previous issue of Reason Papers. In that article, “Is Life the Ultimate Value? A Reassessment of Ayn Rand’s Ethics,” Moen argued that the ultimate value is happiness rather than life....
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Objectivist and libertarian communities often discuss their utopian potentialities, so the prospect of the Libertopia Festival —by its name alone—seemed a good location for The Atlas Society to reach out to attendees with information about Ayn Rand and the philosophy of Objectivism. I managed a table at the conference along with a friend, Caitlin Ewing, who helpfully gave her time.
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Videos have famously lagged far behind text when it comes to searchability. Apart from the textual data associated with videos, it's been largely impossible to benefit from the many types of search engine optimization available for text I was intrigued when MIT announced in 2007 that it had developed a video search capability by using speech recognition software to create a transcript and then applying textual search. The technology was available to students wishing to search certain MIT video lectures. Since then...