Saturday, April 02, 2011

Objectivist Tidbit: Objectivity

By Diana Hsieh

Ayn Rand on objectivity:

Objectivity begins with the realization that man (including his every attribute and faculty, including his consciousness) is an entity of a specific nature who must act accordingly; that there is no escape from the law of identity, neither in the universe with which he deals nor in the working of his own consciousness, and if he is to acquire knowledge of the first, he must discover the proper method of using the second; that there is no room for the arbitrary in any activity of man, least of all in his method of cognition—and just as he has learned to be guided by objective criteria in making his physical tools, so he must be guided by objective criteria in forming his tools of cognition: his concepts.
One of Ayn Rand's favorite sayings was from Francis Bacon: "Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed." That principle applies just as much to the functioning of our minds as to the functioning of our bodies. As many of us have learned, to abuse either mind or body has very real and often very lasting consequences!

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