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Archive for December 11th, 2008

In a rare interview with Tom Snyder, author-philosopher Ayn Rand describes epistemology: how to know things, and her particular philosophical system which she calls Objectivism. She shares how her ideas contrast with other philosophies and established systems of morals and ethics such as those proposed by religions. She is a particular critic of altruism in society, of religious faith without the benefit of evidence, and of Immanuel Kant’s ideas.

Although her ideas have been received both acclaim and wide criticism, Rand’s talk nevertheless remains very fascinating and relevant to this day.

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In an earlier interview on Charlie Rose, Carl Sagan explains the context and issues related to manned and unmanned space exploration and poses critical questions to justify it.

Sagan also describes humanity’s current context in the environment and universe and the challenges ahead of us as an intelligent species.

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In 1996, Carl Sagan was interviewed on the Charlie Rose Show where he warned about the dangers of being ignorant of science in an age when society is practically based on science and technology. When the general public is ignorant of science, who makes the decisions on science and technology?

Sagan also describes the proliferation of psuedo-science (e.g. UFOs), superstition, and literal interpretations under religion as problematic to society. He encourages skepticism as a way forward both to accumulate knowledge, and as a way to keep society from self-destructing.

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