I’m no fan of Ayn Rand, but I recommend this video as an introduction to Rand’s Objectivism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouBZ-YqOnsU
Here’s my comment on this video: http://www.youtube.com/comment?lc=qsrjM6kdoUk4jFCzgwgesYOR7XOmR8qrJvVPYzotPS0
I’m no fan of Rand’s Objectivist philosophy. But her thinking is clear and this interview makes an excellent introduction. This video gets my strong thumbs-up.
But Objectivism starts with a false premise, thus leads to a false conclusion. The false premise is rejection of a human soul and the innate value of that soul; so naturally her conclusion is that rational thought alone is how human value should be judged.
Valuing soul and rationality BOTH together form a human’s total value.