A conversation with Nick Hazelton of Anarcho-Yakitalism Podcast. Nick is a 15-year-old from Oregon who aims to drop out of high school and pursue yak herding.
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-Nick's own sustainable farm
-thinking about dropping out of high school
-understand your reasons for wanting to drop out.
-consider online schools and home schooling
-research the legal requirements for you to drop out
-talking to parents
-project based learning
-Critical thinking taught in schools
-drawing a line with belief
-Conspiracy Theory : MacDonald's is poisoning its customers
-Building a philosophy
-Politics (where nihilism gets pretty dangerous)
-There are no contradictions in nature
-cause and effect
-If we cant have knowledge, what's the point of philosophy?
-extreme skepticism maintaining that nothing in the world has a real existence
-traditional values and beliefs are unfounded
-a sense that everything is unreal
-Objectivists see the truth as a demonstrated relationship between concepts and reality
IF WE ACCEPT NIHILISM:
no statement is preferable to any other statement , because objective values dont exist
no job or pastime is preferable to any other job or pastime
no non-preferable either
SUMMARY OF OBJECTIVISM - full, complete or closed philosophy
"My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute." -rand
begins with three axioms: existence, consciousness, and identity
"An axiom is a proposition that defeats its opponents by the fact that they have to accept it and use it in the process of any attempt to deny it."
is nihilism a stolen concept?
Metaphysics - naturalistic, objective reality through the 5 senses, plus instrumentation, no supernatural
Epistemology - then use reason to make sense of it
Ethics - rational self-interest
Politics - free-market capitalism and individual rights, but government
Aesthetics - romanticized realism, Atlas Shrugged or the Fountainhead
Anarcho-Yakitalism Podcast - http://an-yak.com/
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