A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet

The book A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet is one of the most intriguing books I have read in some time. It shows us a way forward toward a coherence that transcends the divisive religious doctrines that deny the well-established truths of the universe and the sterile scientific models that ignore or dismiss the power of spirituality.

My recent review of the book is at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1221106429

State of the Future Index – Millennium Project Update

The State of the Future Index (SOFI) is a measure of the 10-year outlook for the future based on historical data for the last 20 years. It is constructed with key variables and forecasts that, in the aggregate, depict whether the future promises to be better or worse. The SOFI is intended to show the directions and intensity of change and to identify the factors responsible. It provides a mechanism for studying the relationships among the items in a system — how making a single change ripples throughout a system, in other words, creating some positive and intended consequence as well as unintended results. It has been produced by The Millennium Project since 2000.

See: http://millennium-project.org/millennium/SOFI.html

New course material in the Applied Wisdom curriculum

New course material is now available in the Wikiversity Applied Wisdom curriculum.

A new course “Beyond Theism” is available at: https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Beyond_Theism

A new module on “Examining Ideologies” is available at: https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Knowing_How_You_Know/Examining_Ideologies

These materials benefited from comments on early drafts provided by Alan Rayner and others.

I hope students find them useful.

Recommending the book Diagrams & Dollars

I recently read a book I recommend.

See: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/938224606

Although this short book is little more than an essay, it rocked my world, turned my thinking upside down, and caused me to question several basic economic assumptions I have held for a long time.

Could student loans be offered interest free? Can the national debt grow without limits or consequences? Can we eliminate taxes? Can the Federal Government readily provide each of us with a generous citizen’s dividend? Could we end poverty with a few pen strokes? Is this all too good to be true?

Enjoy an hour reading this short, clearly written, and thought provoking Introduction to Modern Money Theory and decide for yourself if there is any hope for the ideas it presents.