Various meetup groups and salons pertaining to Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism have come and gone over the years in San Diego. It's time to fill the gap again with this group that's focused not only on the clear principles she identified but also on the implications of these principles for personal and societal growth.
Interestingly, in addition to the integrated principles Ayn Rand identified (in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politics, and esthetics), she also drew some conclusions and held some beliefs that ironically ran counter to the active-mindedness, the use of reason and logic, and even the sense of life that she espoused. This can be confusing to her readers, as well as add fuel to the fire of her critics. Moreover, many of her views that were consistent with Objectivist principles continue to be misunderstood or misinterpreted by various intellectuals in our culture. The unfavorable opinions about her and Objectivism often contain mixtures of truth and falsehood, which can be challenging to discern at times.
This is where we can move beyond both the orthodoxy that promulgates Objectivism as the sum of all Rand's beliefs, not to be contradicted, and her critics who tend to engage in a host of fallacies ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fallacies ) typically including ad hominem, while expressing their dislike and even vitriol for who they believe she was and what she stood for. If you value objective reality and your mind's capacity to understand it and are curious about various implications of philosophical principles consistent with the facts of reality, then this group will probably be appealing. Admirers of Ayn Rand's fictional works are also very welcome, as we seek to understand the nature of "the face without pain or fear or guilt." =)