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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?
Saturday, September 27, 2008
McCain used curse word during debate last night
I missed this on TV, but right after about 4:30 into this NBC video it is clear that John McCain said "horsehi...." I don't think we got the "t" because someone was able to cut his mike in time to stop that last vowel.
That ramps up the suggestions that McCain was acting very contemptuously toward Obama. McCain is not a Maverick. He is someone who has no respect for other people.
Here is MSNBC discussing McCain's refusal to look at Obama.
As this curse word, combined with the McCain's refusal to even look at Obama during the debate, become more widely recognized by the media they will become the equivalent to Al Gore's sighs when debating Bush 43 or Bush 41's glancing at his wristwatch wishing the debate was over.
Addendum 3:10 pm CDT John Cole describes the reaction to McCain's contempt and anger, comparing it to the reaction that Al Gore got after his first debate in 2000.