"I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason...."
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.
In this conversation, William R Thomas and David Kelley discuss the essence of mental focus and how it comprises much more than just "concentration." The conversation is based on the video lecture " Volition: The Choice to Think " by Thomas.
That lecture is the third 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.
THE EXPERIENCE OF FREEDOM In this talk on free will, presented at the 2012 Atlas Summit, David Kelley focuses, not on the classic issue of how freedom of choice relates to causal determinism, but on the inner experience of freedom.
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