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  • Posted by WWJGD 8 years, 4 months ago
    And... who cares?

    Was Robert A. Heinlein psychologically damaged? Galileo? Pascal?

    What about William Shockley, co-inventor of the transistor, and a notorious racist?

    As Ayn Rand said in The Fountainhead, it's a man's (woman's) IDEAS that count, not whether s/he was in some way "psychologically damaged."

    This is a Red Herring that should be ignored. Or, at best, refuted for the ad hominem attack that it is.

    And yes, for the record, I think that Ayn Rand was "psychologically damaged." So am I. Big effing Woop.
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    • Posted by $ 8 years, 4 months ago
      It's important to consider what ways a person's reasoning could be affected when considering his or her arguments. I certainly don't agree that psychological damage refutes a philosophical system, but it can give you a better understanding of the choices a person makes and why it's rational to disagree with him or her.
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