Reason

"I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason...."
Ayn Rand

This 10-part video lecture series by David Kelley and William R Thomas presents the essentials of the Objectivist view of knowledge. It explains why reason is an absolute; why emotions are not tools of cognition, despite their psychological importance; and why mysticism is a cognitive dead-end. It presents Ayn Rand's innovative theory of concepts and objectivity, including the role of sense-perception, logic, and axioms, as well as the nature of certainty. The course shows why a rational approach to life is a vital human need.

 
 "I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason…." Ayn Rand
In this conversation, William R Thomas and David Kelley discuss the power of reason and how it's often underappreciated. The conversation is based on the video lecture " What is Reason ?" by David Kelley. That lecture is the first in the course "Reason," offered by Atlas University , our online educational program.  We invite you to join the conversation by leaving your questions or comments in the space below the video.
In this Atlas University conversation David Kelley and William R Thomas discuss key ideas in the latter's video lecture on Reason and Emotions , which is Lecture 6 in our online Reason course. He covers the traditional view of the conflict between reason and emotion, the Objectivist view of the nature of emotions, Ayn Rand's view that emotions are not tools of cognition, and what emotions are tools of.     spiderID=3723
In this conversation, William R Thomas and David Kelley discuss false conclusions about reason drawn from contemporary theoretical work in cognitive psychology and evolution research. The conversation is based on the video lecture " What is Reason ?" by David Kelley. That lecture is the first in the course "Reason," offered by Atlas University , our online educational program. We invite you to join the conversation below by adding a comment or question. David or Will will respond where appropriate.     spiderID=3117
Reason  is a 10-part video lecture series by David Kelley and William R Thomas.  Reason presents the essentials of the Objectivist view of knowledge. It explains why reason is an absolute; why emotions are not tools of cognition, despite their psychological importance; and why mysticism is a cognitive dead-end. It presents Ayn Rand’s innovative theory of concepts and objectivity, including the role of sense-perception, logic, and axioms, as well as the nature of certainty.  The course shows why a rational approach to life is a vital human need. William R Thomas explains why the capacity to form concepts is the essential feature of reason. He shows how concepts make possible our use of language, how concepts are formed, and they depend on our direct, sensory awareness of reality. He discusses the Objectivist answer to the philosophical problem of abstraction. And he argues that failure to appreciate the nature of concepts contributes to a common human failing, on that Ayn Rand called "the anti-conceptual mentality."  (Note: This video is best viewed in high-definition (HD).  In the lower right of the video screen the letters HD are displayed in blue to indicate hi-def mode is on. If your computer is older and doesn't support HD, attempting to view the video in HD will cause the audio to seem out of sync with the speaker. In this case, de-select HD by clicking on it so it turns grey.)  ...
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