This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...ional mechanism, is not. Since man has no automatic knowledge, he can have no automatic values; since he has no innate ideas, he can have no innate value judgments.
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Man is bom with
an emotional mechanism, just as he is born with a cognitive mechanism; but, at birth, both are “tabula rasa.” It is man’s cognitive faculty, his mind, that determines the content of both.
Man’s emotional mechanism is like an electronic computer, which his mind has to program — and the programming consists of the values his mind chooses.
But since the work of ma...