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The Versatile Mind - Charles Sanders Peirce

Peirce's Arisbe: The Rationale of the Website "Born 1839 and died 1914, Peirce's adult life spanned the period from the American Civil War to the beginning of the First World War, but he is of special and growing interest at present, both internationally and to people in many fields and disciplines, not because of his historical influence -- still largely unappreciated by most historians of the period -- but rather because of his remarkable and unparalleled anticipation of the emerging themes of the 21st Century: 
Thought as virtual 
Meaning as experimental and interpretational 
Mind as a multi-dimensional communicational process 
Sciences as collaborative communicational communities 
Truth and knowledge as social and distributed 
Formal reasoning as graphical inference 
Humanities and sciences conceived unitarily 
Education as inquiry and exploration 

To these from Arisbe I would add 

Theology as way rather than creed
Christianity alert to the dominant hypocrisies and ori…

Building in America Runs Well Behind Making and Marketing Gadgets

U.S. Severe Weather Map : Weather Underground
Our building practices are primitive Corruption haunts Contractor World Business thrives on needless renovation and repair
Build for severe weather Safe secure complexes  not detached homes Mass produced modular elements  built as cars have been Detroit could morph into   making the smart surfaces of spaces
Forget individual plumbing  Forget individual disposal  septic tanks basement sump pumps 

Instead of housing as we know it make an infinitely duplicable matrix make modular ecosystem elements  to circulate recycle and dispose 
To avoid severe weather  design  no more than four levels  for the most likely forms of severe weather in an area Shoreline communities should have elevation  Stadium-like structures to withstand hurricane winds
We need communities that are 21st century  with built in protections and shared eco-sustainability Anything less will not work. 

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Snapshot of Jesus: Geza Vermes

Geza Vermes accurately links Jesus with outcasts. Geza Vermes sees that Jesus befriended prostitutes and the poor. Geza Vermes also believes that Jesus expected the imminent coming of the realm or kingdom of Abba (his Father, our father).
Where I think I may differ from Geza Vermes is in his assumption about an inbreaking kingdom. I would argue that that realm is here within each person on the planet, waiting to be activated by the gospel Jesus is said to have proclaimed in Mark 1.That gospel was simple and direct and doable. 1. Repentance 2. Belief in the presence and availability of Abba.
I would infer, as well, practice of a way of life involving daily use of the Lord's Prayer. And active promotion of values redolent of Jesus to counteract the value system of much of the world.These may be inferred to betolerance democracy helpfulnessand non-idolatry
More on Geza Vermes
An earlier version of this was published at Yahoo Voices and has been removed.

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