Interview with David Kelley
, by David Kelley
, Raymie Stata, Full Context
, Jun 1993
Topics discussed include: the Institute for Objectivist Studies, ties between IOS and classical liberal institutions, the Objectivism movement, the split with the Ayn Rand Institute, the marketplace of ideas, open questions in philosophy, and psychology
"Q: How does psychology fit into that picture? Do psychological needs count as survival needs ...? For example, there seems to be a psychological need for different kinds of human contact, and while there are certain survival benefits to such contact, these benefits don't seem to fully explain our needs in this area. ...
Kelley: Well it's absolutely true that psychological evidence is relevant to ethics. ... I think there's definitely a large need to integrate the valid psychological evidence—there's a lot of hokum in psychology—with the basic principles of the Objectivist view of human nature."
, by Nathaniel Branden
, Karen Reedstrom, Full Context
, Sep 1996
In two parts; topics range from David Kelley, objectivisim, Ayn Rand, his memoir Judgment Day
, Barbara Branden, Leonard Peikoff, homosexuality, self-esteem and more
"... it's foolish to imagine that our physical differences do not result in any psychological differences, at least as tendencies. ... a psychological study isolated a group of men and women ... judged to be highly creative individuals. They gave this group a battery of tests and ... found ... that creative men tended to exhibit a high number of traits the world calls feminine, and that the women manifested a high number of the traits that the world calls masculine. ... an explanation for this ... highly creative people are at least in some respects more independent than the average person ..."
Related Topics: Barbara Branden
, David Kelley
, Romantic Love
, Personal Responsibility
, Ayn Rand
, Chris Matthew Sciabarra
, Sexual Pleasure
The Myth of the Rational Voter
, by Bryan Caplan, Cato Unbound
, 6 Nov 2006
Posits that voters mistaken beliefs, in particular about economics, do not "cancel each other out" but instead they compound
"In a sense, then, there is a method to the average voter's madness. Even when his views are completely wrong, he gets the psychological benefit of emotionally appealing political beliefs at a bargain price. No wonder he buys in bulk."