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Ayn Rand's Influences: Friend and Foes (Silicon Valley)

Join us in Los Altos Hills, CA for this Great Connections Weekend:

Working and retired adults, and student alike are welcome.

Engage in deep conversations at the magnificent private home of a famous Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur!

Intensely explore the influence of highly famous thinkers on Ayn Rand’s epistemology, ethics, politics, and esthetics with a delightful group of readers, using our Great Connections Seminar all-discussion methodology.

We focus on your questions in our discussions, where Reason is the only authority.

We can only accept 14 participants in order to facilitate the exceptional experience we afford at The Great Connections.

Brief Schedule

Friday evening we'll meet for introductions and drinks and to indulge in our first seminar using a striking poem.

The views from the Los Altos Hills house will be worth the trip alone!

Saturday, we'll engage in wide-ranging seminars on epistemology and ethics, juxtaposing Ayn Rand's works with:

  • DesCartes
  • Aristotle
  • Nietzsche
  • Croly

We'll punctuate our discussion with lunch and end in an optional dinner together at a local restaurant.

Sunday, our seminars on Dewey and Rand will be offset by:

  • An outing to see the headquarters of the mighty Silicon Valley tech corporations, against the backdrop of readings about Robert Noyce, one of the most important and influential of the Silicon Valley founders.
  • Lunch at the Computer Museum, where we'll get a special tour.
  • We're arranging for a famous entrepreneur to talk to us about his experience working under Noyce.

The day will end with an optional dinner.

Monday, we'll focus on esthetics and then say our fond goodbyes by 12:30 PM.

Practical Details

The seminar fee includes all instruction, drinks and lunches, and a book of the reading materials specially made for the conference.

Once you register, you will receive links to all the readings.

Past attendees will tell you: you must read them before the weekend if you are going to get your money's worth!

The reason? All the discussions are driven by your thoughts, your interests, your questions.

Instructors Marsha Familaro Enright and Liz Parker facilitate the discussion to make it the most optimal experience possible.

But what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.

So come like a Boy Scout - be prepared.

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind experience! See more details and register now at right.