This isn't the forum for this debate. You have my email address and I will accept further responses there.
>>Do not equivocate "dogmatism" with "certainty".
Objective reality exists independent of human theories and assessments. "Certainty" cannot exist -- that would imply that at least one human has a monopoly on "truth". There is no such thing as a human being with the the exact formula to the universe -- not you or me or Ayn Rand.
<<Dogmatism is the mindless adherence to either an arbitrary <<premise (e.g. that god exists), or a false premise (e.g. the <<world is flat).
All premises are arbitrary -- unless you believe that Ayn Rand was the one human being with every correct theory about the nature of reality. I don't think so.
>>Certainty is the refusal to grant the skeptic's slaim that >>"perhaps" you might be wrong.
That's dogmatism. Every theory has the potential to be wrong, regardless of evidenciary support. To claim "certainty" is to claim omnipotence. That isn't possible.
>>1) existence exists
This is a tautology . . .
>> 2) things exist, posessing identity
which in turn causes this to be a fallacy . . .
>> 3) consciousness exists, posessing awareness of existence
and also causes this to be fallacious . . .
>>They ignore that it is an explicit statement founding an >>objective metaphysics, and think that it's no more meaningful >>than to utter "a dog is a dog".
. . . another tautology -- I see their point.
<<Popper is nother more than a skeptic; his tyrade is against certainty, against man knowing for sure. His so-called defense of science is an attack on that on which science rests: reason.>>
If man can "know for sure", then which man is it? It seems to me that I have never met to people who agree on absolutely everything, which suggests that only ONE person can have this "certainty" of which you speak. Which man is it? Is it Ayn Rand?
<<P.S. If Nathaniel Brandon appeals to you with his sneering, and Barbara Brandon appeals to you with her snipes and her attempts to find feet of clay under Ayn Rand, then that says a lot about you.>>
Nathaniel and Barbara Branden appeal to me as much as Ayn Rand, but no more. Their ideas are fundamentally flawed. Certainty cannot exist. If every human being ceased to exist, for whatever reason, reality would continue. Human reason and so-called "certainty" would be meaningless to an objective reality.
Ahlgren -- former Objectivist
p.s. - I am re-reading THE FOUNTAINHEAD right now. Valuable stuff -- but not as an assessment of the nature of reality.