Past Meetings

Below is a sampling of HOS meeting during its thirty year history:

  • Discussion of Memri.org
  • A Brief Philosophical History of Texas
  • Discussion of In Defense of Selfishness
  • 2016 Election Preview
  • Killing the Bad Guys
  • The Trials and Tribulations of Living in a Nanny State
  • Atlas Shrugged, The Movie Preview
  • Atlas Shrugged, The Movie Review
  • Defending Capitalism
  • The Intellectual Roots of Progressivism
  • Architecture from the Ground Up: Inductive Exercises in the Evaluation of Building
  • The Logical Leap:  Induction in Physics
  • The Closing of the Muslim Mind
  • ARI speaker—Eric Daniels
  • Determining Musical Theme
  • Objectivist Jeopardy
  • 1984 vs. Anthem
  • Meaning of Life
  • Ayn Rand Essay Discussion
  • Hegel and Progressivism
  • The Senses Revealed
  • Winning the Unwinnable War
  • Art Museum Field Trip
  • Barack Obama Exposed
  • Pragmatism—Recognizing and Combating It
  • Health Care Activism
  • History of Medicine
  • Understanding Poetry
  • The Man Behind the Mouse (Walt Disney)
  • Idealism and the Rise of American Democracy
  • Dr. Andrew Bernstein at Rice University: “Religion vs. Morality”
  • Cultural Event–Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius
  • Epistemology and Justice
  • Illegal Immigration
  • The Founding Fathers and Democracy
  • Applying Ayn Rand’s Essays to Our Lives
  • How to Analyze and Appreciate Paintings
  • Reading & Analysis of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men
  • Speaker Event–Greg Salmieri on “Ayn Rand’s Conception of Valuing”
  • Playing Devil’s Advocate
  • Epistemology & Language
  • Comparing Australia, New Zealand, and the United States
  • NASA’s Monopoly on Manned Spaceflight
  • The ExxonMobil Merger: A Tale of Two Mergers
  • Copper Pot Show-and-Tell
  • Sam Walton: Retail Genius
  • Architecture: Theory & Practice
  • Outside Speaker: Dr. Tara Smith, “Why Originalism Won’t Die”
  • HMNS Field Trip: Benjamin Franklin
  • The Importance of Integration in Education
  • Analysis of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan
  • Outside speaker: C. Bradley Thompson, “Foundations of the American Constitution”
  • Outside speaker: John Lewis: “Failure of the Homeland Defense”
  • Outside speaker: Amy Peikoff: “Copyright: Its Moral Justification and Proper Duration”
  • Music-share
  • Culture and Coinage: Ancient Greece to the Renaissance
  • Analysis of Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Presentation: Just War Theory
  • The philosophical roots of Middle East terrorism
  • Analysis of Shakespeare’s Othello
  • Workshop: Thinking in Essentials
  • Q&A with Dr. Harry Binswanger
  • Discussion of Bernard Goldberg’s book “Bias,” and bias in the media
  • Discussion of conflicts in everyday life and how to handle them rationally
  • Field trip to Shackleton exhibit at Museum of Science
  • Behind the scenes at Mission Control
  • Field trip to the new Beck Building at the Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Achievements of Rome (the Emperor Hadrian’s architecture and Roman Law)
  • The objective value of sports
  • An analysis of Raphael’s “Philosophy”
  • Francis Bacon: The Father of the Scientific Method
  • Houston Art Galleries – the Decent Few
  • Donahue and Tom Snyder interviews with Ayn Rand
  • Promotion of Leonard Peikoff’s radio show in Houston
  • Brains of Steel II – game designed to hone skill of identifying context
  • Lyceum: Ayn Rand’s early life
  • Chewing the virtue of honesty
  • Manners as philosophy – the philosophical aspects of etiquette
  • Lyceum: Objective Investing
  • The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Defense of rights in land use
  • Philosophical detection (analyzing quotes)
  • Toward an architectural esthetic
  • Heroes
  • In appreciation of Ayn Rand – 90th birthday celebration
  • Literary analysis of Shakespeare’s Macbeth
  • Thinking in essentials
  • Ethical crises in science
  • Analyzing the news
  • Building intellectual skills via the game “How Come?”
  • Ethics of reproductive technologies
  • Crime and Punishment in Texas
  • Workshop on arguing for ideas
  • Q&A on Objectivism – for newcomers and old-timers
  • How teachers are taught to teach writing
  • Pamphleteering: “Health Care is Not a Right” sent to doctors
  • Workshops on writing letters and Op-Ed’s
  • Various audios and videos, including: “Nature’s Cancers,” “Philosophy and the Real World Out There,” “Debate – Capitalism or Socialism: Which is the Moral Social System?”
  • The Montessori Method
  • The Right of Habeas Corpus
  • The limitation on perpetuity in property rights
  • The sculpture of Brookgreen Gardens (S. Carolina)
  • The 1996 presidential candidates
  • The history of art trends in the 20th century
  • The real meaning of vegetarianism
  • Objective care of the body
  • An objective theory of humor
  • Workshop on identifying context
  • Space day: A tour of the Johnson Space Center at NASA