For millennia, philosophers have puzzled over the problem of universals: How does our knowledge come to have its abstract character?  Our knowledge derives from objective reality outside of us, some have answered. So knowledge reflects an intrinsic fact of nature.  Our knowledge is created by us, some have replied. Because it is based on us, it is subjective.
Can courtesy be dishonest? When is lying compatible with honesty? William R Thomas presents this interactive webinar discussing the virtue of honesty from an Objectivist perspective.  
Inspired by the vision of life in Ayn Rand’s novels, many people have adopted Objectivism as a way of life: a code of conduct and character, a guide to success and fulfillment in life.
Summary: Despite the influence of genetic and environmental factors, which limit the scope of free will, we do have extensive volitional control of our actions and character. In therapy, it is crucial to assess what is and is not in the patient’s control. Allan Blumenthal, M.D., a psychiatrist practicing in New York City, spoke on "Nature, Nurture, and Free Will" at the final IOS Forum of 1992, held on December 12.

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