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Waterfall: Introduction

Executive Summary

  1. Waterfall is a guided, in-depth program for everyone interested in studying systematically issues upon which Objectivism has something distinctive and important to say.

  2. Four mini-courses per year are scheduled on perennial and contemporary themes—Money, Socialism, the implications of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Slavery and Reparations, Objectivity, Envy, Capitalism, Individual Rights, Egoism versus Altruism, and more.

  3. Each course includes twenty-four pieces of content, ranging from memes, videos, podcasts, texts by Ayn Rand, curated intellectual and scholarly texts by Objectivist and other thinkers from a variety of perspectives, 

  4. Executive Summaries written by Senior Scholar Stephen Hicks, Researcher Andrei Volkov, and others are provided for the longer items to give busy people an essentialized overview and/or to highlight the key themes for those who will pursue the in-depth reading.

  5. A meme series—some advocating the Objectivist view, some complementary to it, and some hostile to it—is also available with serious, humorous, and adversarial content. 

  6. Links to additional recommended items are provided for those wanting further study.

  7. Anyone can follow the Waterfall courses in self-guided fashion or by joining an informal online seminar with others interested in Objectivism. The seminar is led by Director of Student Programs Marilyn Moore, Ph.D., and Student Programs Manager Ana Kugler. To participate in the seminar, enroll today as an Atlas Intellectual.