To understand the philosophy of Objectivism requires a serious commitment to the study of various writings and lectures that have been made available since the birth of the Objectivist movement. Since the Objectivist philosophy challenges the past 2,000 years of thought, it is no surprise that some students may find it difficult at times to integrate the principles and totally break free from ideas rooted in altruism, collectivism and mysticism. To assimilate the fundamental principles of Objectivism may not be particularly difficult. However, the application of basic principles to specific concretes presents students with innumerable challenges. At The Culture of Reason Center (CRC), we recognize that every individual contributes a different context of knowledge and different methodologies for handling abstract ideas. By studying Objectivism in a group that is committed to truth and rational persuasion, one can appreciate that others may alert us to facts and perspectives we had not previously considered.
Intellectual Honesty: By attending CRC audio lectures and group discussions, you may observe that membership and participation with other students encourages and reinforces intellectual honesty and accountability. One major challenge that even the most advanced and knowledgeable students of Objectivism face is a tendency towards Rationalism, i.e., the formulation of ideas in a vacuum, detached from existence. Rationalism is the acceptance of specific principles, ideas or abstractions while disregarding and or ignoring the context on which those ideas must correspond in order to be validated.
Objective Communication: CRC study sessions provide the opportunity for the refinement of effective communication skills. With the improvement of these communication skills, each of us will enhance our ability to explain and promote Objectivism to those that are unfamiliar with the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Occasionally, CRC attracts participants that are unfamiliar with Objectivism or who are not in full agreement with the core principles of the philosophy. This provides us all with an excellent opportunity to improve our ability to persuade and serves as invaluable practice for future discussions and debates with non-Objectivist audiences.
Materials, Resources & Classes: Group classes provide structure. Through active participation, our students report that they recognize the many benefits to meeting other students that share similar values and interest and look forward to sharing time together in a friendly intellectual atmosphere. The routine of attending classes can keep one on track for intellectual growth. Our events encourage participants to read, write and discuss questions about some of the most challenging philosophical ideas. Additionally, our book service provides many resources that are of interest to students of Objectivism at competitive prices.
Building Atlantis: As you participate and make friends through CRC, you will discover many unique networking opportunities. The body of our participants ranges from those that knew Ayn Rand personally to college students to professionals. This provides an excellent opportunity for fellow students of Objectivism to make professional and personal connections. We encourage our members to promote the economic well being of fellow Objectivists and those that share our essential convictions.
In conclusion, participation in CRC events provides incalculable material and spiritual benefits. Please recognize that there are no oaths or special requirements for admission to our audio lecture classes except an authentic interest in the philosophy of Objectivism and a basic commitment to respectful conduct. We ask students to sign an acknowledgment of our civility standards only to objectively communicate and clarify our expectations. Our events are not given for the primary purpose of converting antagonists. It is generally expected that students attending The Culture of Reason Center have read The Fountainhead and or Atlas Shrugged prior to attending classes and are seeking further study and understanding of the philosophy.