Well, I’ve finally returned from my month-long excursion. It started with the TOC Advanced and Summer Seminars (10 days in Boston), then moved to the ARI’s OCON (12 days in Los Angeles), and then finally to Camp Indecon (7 days in Woodland Park).
Camp Indecon was — by far — the most fun and the most important work of the month. I taught my curriculum (described here) to the 17 year olds. The lessons were very interactive (through discussion and exercises), which made teaching them far more fun and far less stressful than my more formal Objectivism 101 lectures at TOC. More importantly, my campers were smart, eager, focused, and all-around good people. I’m so pleased to have gotten to know them better over the course of the week.
But camp wasn’t wholly intellectual, as I also had a great time rock climbing, traversing a high ropes course, and white water rafting with my campers. (Yes, yes, I too built my independence and my confidence!) And time spent with the other instructors was a blast.
As much as I want to rave about Camp Indecon, I should at least mention that the comparison of the TOC and ARI conferences was very revealing — and in unexpected ways. I have my comments on the two conferences almost finished… I’ll be posting them later this week.
In August, I’ll be working on my essay on self-deception and positive illusions for the forthcoming Harry Potter and Philosophy anthology. But for the moment, I’m very happy to be taking a few days off.
Update: Due to serious philosophic and moral objections, I am no longer associated with The Objectivist Center in any way, shape, or form. My reasons why can be found on my web page on The Many False Friends of Objectivism.