Monthly Archives: March 2011

Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: the University & the World

1. Louis Sullivan points out to the pupil the mind-numbing consequences of his university education: Having received the conventional college education, you were not taught to observe what was going on in the great world in which your university was … Continue reading

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Atlas Shrugged Movie to Novel Transition Manual

[I was planning to write a more detailed answer to this question--but many people around this world wide web are doing that already, and those efforts should expand after the release of the movie.] A) For those who know and … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: Pathology of a Building

1. Louis Sullivan starts off by analyzing an ill-compounded salad of a building which is a typical example of the kind that mildew our land. He studies it as a scientist studies any pest, with a view to a remedy. … Continue reading

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Atlas Shrugged Movie: Ten Million Dollar Questions

What will be the impact of the Atlas Shrugged Movie on our culture? I am raising questions about the factors that will shape the magnitude of that impact, and am answering them before the release of the movie. It is … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats: Foreword

1. This book is about art of expression – about how to grasp the world deeply in a first-hand way, and how to create works based on those insights. 2. The central purpose of this work is to liberate the … Continue reading

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Louis Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats

Louis Sullivan was a giant. Howard Roark’s ideas about his work in The Fountainhead are Louis Sullivan’s ideas. While he has had a profound influence on my life, many of my friends have found his ideas inaccessible, partly because of … Continue reading

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Stew Leonard’s

Stew Leonard joined the family dairy business at a young age delivering milk door-to-door in his truck. In the late sixties, he realized that the milk delivery business was dying and decided to open a dairy store in Norwalk,Connecticut, where … Continue reading

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Sadi Carnot & Thermodynamics

Sadi Carnot reflecting on the success of the steam engines asked and proceeded to answer the question “How can maximum amount of work be obtained from a given amount of heat?” and in the process inaugurated the field of thermodynamics. … Continue reading

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Charles Lyell and the Founding of Modern Geology

When the young Charles Darwin set out on his voyage on H.M.S. Beagle he carried with him a recently published volume called “Principle of Geology: An attempt to explain the former changes of the earth’s surface by reference to causes … Continue reading

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David Attenborough & the Birth of Documentary

In 1965, David Attenborough was given full control of a new experimental television network called BBC2. He was given a large budget and asked to develop any programming he wished. He had an idea that went against the conventional wisdom … Continue reading

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Eli Whitney and the Industrialization of America

In 1803, Eli Whitney had little to show for the last ten years of his life except the name he had made for himself. During the sametime, thanks to him, the production of raw cotton in America had increased six- … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Synthesis: The Three Pioneers

One of the greatest scientific achievements of the last century was the integration of Darwin’s theory of evolution with Mendel’s theory of heredity to form what is known as the “Modern Synthesis” of evolutionary theory or “Evolutionary Synthesis” which is … Continue reading

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Harold Warp’s Pioneer Village: See How America Grew

Harold Warp’s parents immigrated to America from Norway and setup a homestead on the Nebraska Prairies in 1873. Harold, born in 1903, the youngest of twelve children, grew up as a barefooted farm-boy herding cattle and was enthralled by new … Continue reading

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Three Ayn Rand Movies: Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead & We the Living

How does the new Atlas Shrugged Movie compare to We the Living and The Fountainhead movies? Ayn Rand’s ideas grew in depth, breadth and explicitness across her three novels: We the Living, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Concretizing them in … Continue reading

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Objective Economics: How Ayn Rand’s Philosophy Changes Everything About Economics by Northrup Buechner

I am pleased that, my friend, Northrup Buechner’s life’s work: “Objective Economics: How Ayn Rand’s Philosophy Changes Everything About Economics” is about to be released. I have been reading various drafts of it for 4 years and highly recommend it. … Continue reading

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TED Talk Recommendations

I rummaged through hundreds of videos at TED.org, and here are the best ones I found. 1. Craig Venter is transforming biology through computing 2. The beauty of data visualization 3. Witness exponential progress of technology after technology 4. Can … Continue reading

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Is Internet Changing the Way You Think?

What is your answer to this question? Please add your comment. I am reading a book that asks this question to 150 people in various fields. See here. I will be posting brief summaries of the most interesting themes that … Continue reading

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Atlas Shrugged Movie: A Roman Copy of a Greek Original

March 4, 2011 (added an update on March 5 below) I just saw the New York showing of the Atlas Shrugged Part I movie. This is a brief review of it. If you would rather watch the movie first before … Continue reading

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Atlas Shrugged Part I Movie Review (First Version)

I have updated this review and renamed it, see here I just saw the New York showing of the Atlas Shrugged Part I movie. This is a brief review of it. If you would rather watch the movie first before … Continue reading

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