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Religious Books -- Not Fundamentalist!

The Fundamentalist Xtians should not be allowed to hijack the language of Christianity. They are at least as much heretics to Christianity as the Arians and Gnostics of early Christian days.

Biblical inerrancy is not possible.

The books both above and below show the limitations of language and the impossibility of Biblical Inerrancy.

How can language be misused? Using General Semantics, this book was Written to explain Nazi propaganda and still used as a textbook

Books - Popular Math, Post Enlightenment & Science

This book explains why the above books on Christian Fundamentalism are politically important in America today.

Modern Society measures risk & predicts possible futures. The book below is a higly readable history of insurance, statistics and modern financial instruments.

Compare this to religion, in which it is presumed that the perfect society was known in the past and all that is necessary to do is to return to that perfect society.

Fascinating, highly readable and fun book on modern mathematics and its limitations. If you are interested in ideas, this is your book!

This is a collection of Hofstader's Scientific American articles. Again, a very fascinationg and highly readable book, requiring no mathematical background. (Buy it used - it is one of the books that will keep disappearing.)

Older, very fascinating book on mathematical ideas. Did you know there are three kinds of infinity?

Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Cats are the dominant species on Earth
My small gray tabbie cat just woke up on top of my monitor, stood up, stretched her cat-stretch, then hopped down next to the keyboard and strutted into my lap demanding her clearly due (in her mind) head scratch.

Within mere seconds (as I provided the demanded head scratch and got my payment in purr), my jealous part-sheltie was over next to me poking my leg with her cold nose demanding HER head scratch.

Cadged for head scratches, and herded by a sheltie. I'm not sure that I'm getting the respect my position as dominant animal in the house and provider of all food deserves.
posted by Richard @ 4:29 PM   1 comments
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
OPEC Moving to Avoid Dollar Exposure
The Financial Times reports that OPEC nations are moving investments out of dollars towards EUROS. They want to avoid losses as the dollar drops in value. Also, they are concerned that a provision of the Patriot Act allows the US to Freeze foreign assets of banks that are conducting business with suspected terrorists, and fear that their assets will get caught in such sweeps.

It looks like the OPEC nations are beginning to take the Bush administration at its word when they say the US should go it alone and doesn't need allies.
posted by Richard @ 2:57 PM   0 comments
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