Take a look at this chart, a “Periodic Table of Atheists and Antitheists”:
One of my basic principles is Truth in Advertising, that whenever you illustrate something or state something, that depiction or statement must be as accurate as possible. This is one of those cases in which that principle has been violated.
Carl Sagan is on the list, at the 11 position. So is Neil deGrasse Tyson, at position 3 and Charles Darwin at position 38. But all these are or were NOT atheists, but agnostics. To understand the difference, just look here:
But there are striking omissions from the table. Where is Ayn Rand??? By all accounts and appearances she WAS indeed an atheist. She should have been listed among the philosophers for her founding of the Objectivist movement. Likewise, there are no leaders of the Communist movement either, not even Karl Marx!
This chart is a lie and it needs to be taken down and replaced with a more accurate one!
First, read this, if you haven’t yet done so:
Gee, I wish I’d written this brilliant comment!
futhark 2011-04-24 16:46
Kudos to Ayn Rand for “objectively” choosing to receive Social Security benefits and Medicare in her old age. To not do so would have been contrary to her best interests.
Shame on her for jeopardizing her health through a life-long nicotine addiction, causing her to require assistance from socialistic institutions supported by a collectivist state. But even more shame on her for her arrogant, social-Darwinist values that the sick, hungry, ill-clad, and ill-housed are only reaping the rewards of their personal lack of industry and creativity. Her compassion rating is a big, obese ZERO!
Indeed! (Clap, clap clap, clap!)
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Ayn Rand was the 20th Century founder of Objectivism, a philosophy based on rejection of theism, extreme individualism and reliance on “reason” to find truth and ethics, which are held to be objective in nature.
Unfortunately, it has degenerated into a cult, with disasterous consequences.