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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?


Saturday, November 17, 2012
How is debt shaping modern society?
What are the incentives to behavior that are being caused by our debt society? Chris Hayes presented a really illuminating discussion of that this morning.

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Think about it. Humans can plan their future lives and behavior. But what factors shape those plans and the resulting behavior? More and more the answer to that question is that we plan and organize our behavior - not towards what we as individuals believe would be best for us, our families or our society but for what the bankers will pay for and how we will have to pay them back.

And why to the bankers lend us the money we need to invest in our own futures? Because it will make them richer.

The first motivation of much of our modern society is to make bankers richer. Do they try to loan towards the best possible lives and society? Yeah, if it will make them richer and if they can predict the payoff they will get!

So are bankers evil?

Not in my opinion. But they are human. They are motivated by their own personal wealth, and they look back to the propaganda of Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand." And it's not in their personal advantage to question Adam Smith. Instead they read financial statements and credit reports while ignoring the human cost of their behavior. They are quick to see the human benefit, but blind to the human cost.
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