TOS Blog Update: Prometheus, China, Higgs Boson

So far for the month of July I’ve written three blog entries for The Objective Standard. See my TOS category for a complete listing of my work for TOS.

July 2, 2012
Prometheus and the Black Goo of Altruism
“. . . Notice that Prometheus sees the two basic alternatives as self-sacrificial, life-giving selflessness, and other-sacrificing, life-harming selfishness. This ignores the possibility of a rationally self-interested person who (as Ayn Rand formulates the matter) neither sacrifices himself to others nor others to himself. . . .”

July 6, 2012
China’s One-Child Policy Illustrates Rights-Violating Horror of Collectivism
“. . . Communism sacrifices individuals and their liberties for the alleged benefit of ‘society.’ An individualist society, by contrast, protects the rights of each individual to pursue his own life, liberty, and happiness in accordance with his own judgment, provided that he does not violate the rights of others. In an individualist society, couples are free to have children, or not, at their discretion. . . .”

July 8, 2012
Higgs Boson Research: Testament to the Power—or the Crudeness—of the Human Mind?
“The recent announcement that scientists found evidence consistent with the existence of the Higgs boson (a type of particle thought to give mass to other particles) is a testament to the efficacy of the human mind to discover the nature of reality. Why, then, do some describe the discovery in the language of mystics or claim it shows the feebleness of human reason? . . .”