Becoming an Ayn Rand Hero is a show that applies the philosophy of Ayn Rand/Objectivism to Thrive in daily life. Through interviews, insights, and improvisation, host Mark Michael Lewis empowers and inspires you to create a life and a lifestyle of an Ayn Rand Hero.
The “Becoming an Ayn Rand Hero” series of articles offers practical ideas to personally apply Rand’s key insights to our own lives. It brings her abstract philosophy down into the concrete reality of our daily choices, our relationships, our work, our sense of life. It guides you clarify and commit to a path that expresses your vision of the best within you, to create a life and a Self with the qualities of an Ayn Rand Hero.
Being Worthy Of Happiness – John Yokela Brishon Martin part 2 – Ayn Rand Hero
03:00 – Discussing the ego as an ‘organism’
05:00 – Why we experience happiness with a coherent story of reality
10:00 – How you experience “contradictions” reveals something critical about your standards
12:00 – Your stories about your experience are ‘power tools’ – learn to use them well
15:00 – Why goals always create obstacles, and what to do about it
20:00 – What Atlas Shrugged reveals about the nature of contracts between individuals
34:00 – Emotions are Messengers and Motivators
40:00 – Avoiding painful situations doesn’t work – here’s what to do instead
45:00 – Learning to define what “good” is – and why that matters
01:00:00 – Being ‘worthy’ of happiness vs being ‘capable’ of happiness, and what that means for your life
01:12:00 – Rand’s definition of happiness as a state of ‘non-contradictory joy”
Relationships, Authenticity, and Metamodernism Oh My! with Zach Doctor
Enjoy the ride of a conversation about how to use Reason to understand Reality so that you can take Responsibility to Realize your highest values – in true Respect for others.Join Mark Michael Lewis and Zach Doctor as they explore HOW to create authentic, productive, and rewarding relationships by using the core principles of Ayn Rand in everything you do.
1:00 – Defining meta-modernism
9:15 – How OUGHT we treat others? Politics (at the personal level) relative to the 5 traits of the Ayn Rand Hero?
13:25 – An Ontological exporation of what has relationships go well or poorly
19:40 – Relating interpersonally in a way that we “do God’s work”
21:40 – Thriving – Heroic Meaning, Beautiful Profit, Sacred Joy more Heaven, less Hell
24:25 – Unequal distribution of capacities between people, organizations, and communities
29:15 – Creating a community of authentic and rational people
31:11 – Mark’s history and the context that lead to his work with Authentic Relating
35:39 – Turning philosophical clarity into practical real-world relationships to make them Thrive
37:23 – Approaching relating like a Game – so we can clarify our rules/expectations
38:25 – The greatest challenge in relating – Right/Right Relating vs Right/Wrong Thinking and Victim Self-Righteousness
45:12 – Mark and Bryan and Decker – Soul2Soul and the 5 Dimensions of Authenticity
48:27 – The Foundation of the 5 Traits of the Ayn Rand Hero – and Aiming For Better
51:00 – The most important move to make in relationship – Respect
54:55 – The mindset of Psychodynamic Therapy vs. Agency – different dimensions of Self-Realization
58:15 – The Self is the Agent – the Chooser with Free Will
1:01:01 – How Ought Agents interact with one another – Rational Self-interest
1:03:16 – The Principle of The Trader – Respecting the autonomy of the other
1:07:27 – The idea and championing of Dignity
1:07:53 – How Ayn Rand gives Mark so much value – and how people are willfully ignorant of it.
1:10:05 – Exploring ideas about why people don’t like Ayn Rand
1:14:02 – How we apply AYn Rand to individual relationships – trade and mutual agreements
1:16:05 – 2 reasons people don’t like Ayn Rand – 1. People don’t want to take personsl respnsilibilty
1:17:53 – Ayn Rand fans who do not treat people with dignity – don’t recognize the disparity in their power/capacitiies
1:19:45 – What is Power in the postmodern/marxist sense? An example.
1:22:19 – Postmodern and Objectivity analysis of power.
1:26:25 – is Ayn Rand’s idea a Utopia? and/or are people unreflexive and lazy and non-creative and bureaucratic.
1:33:04 – Ayn Rand says that free market capitalism is the only moral system – but in that system, problems occur. BUT there is not system in which problems don’t occur. – Does meta-modernism solve this?
1:37:10 – critiquing something for NOT being a utopia is not a valid critque – you must compare to alternatives – if it is the best possible, the fact that it has problems is an inappropriate criticism UNLESS it is put in context
1:39:53 – A critique of meta-modernism is pro socialist (democratic socialism)
1:41:06 – Exploring parts of the meta-modern political platform
Mark Michael Lewis is The Profitability Coach – guiding leaders to dramatically increase their bottom line in business, relationships, happiness,
Ayn Rand Hero: Education That Empowers with Marsha Enright
Join Mark Michael Lewis and Marsha Familiaro Enright in a conversation about the importance of Reason and intellectual honesty/humility in the process of education. Discover the experiences that led Marsha to open a summer program and a “Leap Year” college level program for students to deepen their capacity to learn. By creating an environment of mutual discovery in her classes, using a methodology she names The Socratic Seminar, she cultivates each student’s ability to understand and communicate their understandings in groups – such that each person’s contribution adds to the overall depth of understanding. To learn more about The Great Connections series, summer program, leap year, or a future university, goto http://TheGreatConnections.org. For more information about Mark Michael Lewis and his Profitability Coaching or The Game Of Thriving, goto http://TheProfitabilityCoach.com To subscribe to the podcast: itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/becoming-an-ayn-rand-hero/id1094159432?ls=1&mt=2
Ayn Rand Hero: Meta-Ethics with John Yokela and Brishon Martin – Ego As Organism
Join Mark Michael Lewis, John Yokela and Brishon Martin on an epic journey into the land of meta-ethics and the philosophy of Ayn Rand.
4:00 how do we build an epistemology that’s based in ethics?
6:00 Rand’s idea of an evolving definition of a concept – knowledge is contextual
9:00 Rand’s model of the self from 3 different frameworks
12:00 the ‘biological self’ and Rand’s definition of the ‘psychological self’
15:00 Aristotle’s perspective on ‘flourishing’
16:00 flourishing vs happiness
20:00 the cycle of the self maintaining the self
32:00 what does Ayn Rand mean when she speaks about the ‘self’?
24:00 insanity as psychological death
26:00 shifting how we think about Rand’s work as we refine what she means by ‘self’
27:00 Rand’s fiction vs her nonfiction
29:00 The Fountainhead & Howard Roark
30:00 how Rand’s characters make Heroic Choices
33:00 integrating Rand’s concepts via her novels
34:00 contradictions between Rand’s novels and her nonfiction work
38:00 what is the difference between ‘rational’ and ‘objective’?
40:00 Terrence Deakin
44:00 Leanard Peikoff
50:00 egoism vs egotism
58:00 the false self
1:07:00 a central critique of Ayn Rand
1:08:00 how we can reintegrate emotions into morality without losing objectivity
1:15:00 Brishon’s story
1:32:00 resolving the problem between Moral Intuitionists and Objectivists
1:50:00 the ‘Big 5’
1:54:00 AI might replace our physical work – but we need humans to make art
2:05:00 Existentialism and meaning
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Ayn Rand Hero: Marianna Brashear – FEE – Entrepreneurs, Economics, and Real Power
Join Mark Michael Lewis and Marianna Brashear in a conversation about the opportunity that the USA represents and the ideas that make it inspiring. As an Ukrainian immigrant who now serves as the Manager of Curriculum Development for the Foundation of Economic Education [ FEE ], Marianna earned and MBA in Entrepreneurship and is a passionate advocate for liberty, free markets, and rational parenting. Enjoy the ride of our conversation!
– The Economics of Entrepreneurship [3:00]
– Why it’s hard teaching millennials [6:00]
– The unexpected ways kids understand ‘reason’ at an early age [12:00]
– Teaching kids property rights [17:00]
– Unless You can truly say no to something, your ‘yes’ is meaningless [20:00]
– How Entrepreneurship creates jobs [24:00]
– Creating our own ‘Galt’s Gulch’ [45:00]
– The essence of entrepreneurial thinking (and why that applies to everyone) [55:00]
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Ayn Rand Hero: Ed Hudgins – A Moral Technology
Join Mark Michael Lewis in a conversation with Ed Hudgins, founder of the Human Achievement Alliance, an author, political pundit, lover of technology, and transhumanist. Ed is a passionate force of nature. We explore a variety of topics about how Ayn Rand plays a role in various aspects of lives, including technology, epistemology, ethics, politics, and creative human endeavors. Enjoy the ride!
On The Fountainhead. [6:00]
How donuts can teach you about your hierarchy of values [11:00]
A technique for determining values through ‘rational consideration’ [13:00]
How to develop objective ethics [16:00]
Donald Trump and dealing with reality [19:00]
Idiots and assholes: how not to be either [23:00]
Practicing reason and creating good intellectual habits [29:00]
Environment vs Humanity – which comes first? [37:00]
How to be proud of your achievements [40:00]
The values of Roark and the politics of Galt (and how to develop them both) [45:00]
Implanting memories in mice, and other awesome breakthroughs [50:00]
The consequences of inaction: Precaution vs Proaction [58:00]
Why the Elves in Lord of the Rings were tired (and how to plan for a 100-year career) [1:03:00]
Are over-eating and altruism related? [1:14:00]
Is it altruistic to enjoy playing with your dog? [1:17:00]
Why we voted for Trump [1:23:00]
Ed [aht] EdwardHudgins.com
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