Interview with Razie Mah

What about An Archaeology of the Fall?
This work is both a story and an academic treatise. It is not for the faint of heart or mind. It upends familiar perspectives in both science and religion. The first movement, A, presents the gambit, a hypothesis explaining why our current Lebenswelt (living world) is not the Lebenswelt that we evolved in. The interlude, B, presents a university experience, a close reading of a text where presuppositions get all turned round. Most college students pass through four years of college without this experience. The third movement, A', returns to the gambit, but now within the active imagination. The early stories in Genesis are re-enacted on the celestial earth. By the time it is over, the reader will view both human evolution and the Genesis text in a new postmodern light. The beginning writes the end.
What about The First Singularity and Its Fairy Tale Trace?
This essay summarizes the central hypothesis in "An Archaeology of the Fall". The question it addresses is: Why civilization? Another way to put that is: Have humans passed through a singularity such that our current Lebenswelt (life world) is not the same as the Lebenswelt that we evolved in? The answer is yes. The potentiating factor is presented. This essay is ideal for classes on both human evolution and the Book of Genesis in the Bible. This essay should be contrasted with William Stone's article, "Adam and Modern Science", appearing in "Adam, the Fall and Original Sin" (2014: Baker Academic).
What about Comments on Original Sin and Roman 5:12-19?
This essay is a companion to "The First Singularity and Its Fairy Tale Trace". Paul's Letter to the Romans mentions Adam in the context of the universal call of Christ. Through Adam, sin entered the world. Paul formulation eerily resembles the scientific hypothesis in "The First Singularity" (and "An Archaeology of the Fall"). This particular essay plays on Thomas Schreiner's article of the same name, appearing in "Adam, the Fall and Original Sin: Theological, Biblical and Scientific Perspectives" (2014: Baker Academic).
What about "How To Define the Word 'Religion'"?
When people talk about "religion", they often mean "piety" and "world traditions". When people talk about "religion", they often mean "a faction within Christianity". When people talk about "religion", they often mean some sort of psychological impulse. When people talk about the word "religion", they often mean "superstitious and irrational". Some people religiously believe in science. Even more strange, during the middle ages, the word "religio" indicated "orders of monastics and wandering friars" and "secularae" pointed to "diocesean clergy". So "the religious in contrast to the secular" already existed before our modern division of "religious and secular". Obviously, the question addressed in the title demands a new way of thinking. That new way of thinking was invented by Charles S. Peirce in the late 1800s. He called it "semiotics". But this book is not about signs. It is about "the nature that is implied by the very existence of signs". Now, does that not sound like "religion"?
Can "How to Define the Word 'Religion'" be used for home schooling?
This book and the accompanying primers provide a wonderful alternative to the so-called social sciences. It provides an intellectual tool that will challenge and re-invent all the social sciences: the category-based nested form. My guess is that anyone in grades 6 through 12 is able to follow the arguments (as well as every college student, but on a different level). Certainly this course is worth trying. The text is numbered in order for instructor and student to coordinate. In addition, a series of primers is now complete enough (one through seven) to serve as guides. More primers will be forthcoming. At this point, an instructor may proceed through primers one through seven and then go directly to the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
Zizek is always fun to read.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Books of recent vintage: 1. John Deely, Four Ages of Understanding: First Postmodern Survey of Philosophy from Ancient Times to the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (for triadic semiotics) 2. Slavoj Zizek, The Plague of Fantasies (1997) (for Lacan) 3. Rene Girard, I See Satan Fall Like Lightning (1999) (for mimetic contagion) 4. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Creation and Fall (lectures 1932, for the historic moment) 5. Eric Voegelin (1952) The New Science of Politics (for theory of representation)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Fire and i-Pad
How do you approach cover design?
Each essay and book belongs to one of three themes: the dissolving horizon, the three categories, and celestial revolutions.
Published 2015-04-29.
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Books by This Author

Comments on Boris Hennig's Essay (2008) "Substance, Reality and Distinctness"
Series: Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times. Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » European philosophy, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy
Boris Hennig, at Humbolt University in Berlin, writes about Descartes' view of substance. Descartes emphasizes distinctness and realness. Descartes applies the concept to God. These comments follow Hennig's argument in order to show how Descartes alters the word-scape of medieval scholasticism and sets the stage for empirio-schematic judgment.
Comments on Miguel Espinoza's Essay (2012) "Physics and the Intelligibility of Nature"
Series: Re-Articulations · Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Philosophy of Science, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Criticism
Miguel Espinoza, French philosopher, publishes his essay in Teorema (vol 31(1) pp 75-97), critiquing the arguments of Emile Meyerson (1854-1933), a contemporary of neo-Thomist Jacques Maritain. My comments re-articulate this article using models of empirio-schematic and Positivist judgment.
Comments on Jeremy Cohen's Essay (1980) "Original Sin as The Evil Inclination"
Series: Reverberations of the Fall. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Theology / Apologetics, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Judaism / Theology
Jeremy Cohen, writing at Cornell University, publishes his essay in the Harvard Theological Review (vol 73(3/4) pp 495-520). He raises three concentric questions, leading to a comparison of Christian doctrine of original sin and the Jewish concept of the evil inclination. My comments examine this article using the category-based nested form and the first singularity.
Comments on Paul Cobley's Essay (2018) "Human Understanding: A Key Triad"
Series: Re-Articulations · Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Epistemology, Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Semiotics & Theory
Paul Cobley, at Middlsex University, composes a remembrance for John Deely, by reviewing one of many innovative notions. These comments re-articulate this article using the category-based nested form. Deely's triad consists of actualities in an interscope.
Comments on David McNeill's Book (2012) How Language Began
Series: Re-Articulations. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,100. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Language
David McNeill, Professor at the University of Chicago, has been publishing books on the unity of speech and gesture, starting in 1992 with the book: Hand and Mind. He approaches the evolution of talk from the view of the U of C's language lab. Why do people gesture when they speak? Is this an evolved trait? These comments re-articulate McNeill's work using the category-based nested form.
Comments on Zuckerman, Li and Diener's Article (2018) "Religion as an Exchange System"
Series: Empirio-schematics. Price: $2.25 USD. Words: 10,460. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
Miron Zuckerman, Chen Li and Ed Diener publish "Religion as An Exchange System: The Interchangeability of God and Government in a Provider Role" in The Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. I re-articulate this work using category-based models of Darwinian evolution and empirio-schematic inquiry.
Comments on Jacques Maritain's Book (1935) Philosophy of Nature
Jacques Maritain, bless his soul, strove to recover a scholastic philosophy of nature at the apex of modernism. How is a philosophy of nature related to science, on the one hand, and metaphysics, on the other? These comments re-articulate and explore Maritain's work using a model of judgment as a triadic relation, plus the category-based nested form.
Comments on Sasha Newell's Article (2018) "The Affectiveness of Symbols"
Series: Re-Articulations. Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Anthropology
In the February 2018 issue of Current Anthropology, Sasha Newell, a Professor in Brussels, Belgium, publishes an essay with the subtitle, "Materiality, Magicality, and the Limits of the Antisemiotic Turn". These comments re-articulate Newell's argument using models based on the category-based nested form. In the process, the interventional sign is discovered.
Comments on George Murphy's Article (2018) "The Nuts and Bolts of Creation"
Series: Reverberations of the Fall. Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 6,140. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion & Science, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy
Rev. George Murphy, M.Div. and Ph.D. (Physics), investigates resonances between the Christian doctrine of creation and scientific knowledge. He has done so for 40 years. These comments re-articulate his argument using a category-based model of "the object that brings all into relation", expressed in the highest level of the society tier, for the presence underlying the word "religion".
Speculations on Thomism and Evolution
Michael Chaberek, O.P., publishes a book titled Aquinas and Evolution (2017). The next year, Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., responds in the Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse Forum, defending "Thomistic Evolution". This essay re-articulates the concepts in this defense, relying of the category-based nested form. In the end, living forms are rendered as mysteries compatible with the Word.
Comments on Cheong Lee's Essay (2018) "Peirce's Theory of Interpretation"
Series: Re-Articulations. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Aesthetics, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Movements / Pragmatism
Cheong Lee publishes his essay in Conteporary Pragmatism (15(1):1-14). The author explores Peirce's theory of interpretation, touching base with several modern semioticians along the way. These comments examine the argument backwards, using the category-based nested form. Interpretation informs aesthetics.
The Human Niche
Series: A Course on The Human Niche. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 14,210. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
What is an adaptation? What is a niche? The category-based nested form turns out to be useful in relating the two. An adaptation exploits a niche. A niche is the potential of an actuality independent of the adapting species. What is the human niche? What is the potential, independent of the hominins, that sculpts humanity through many generations. Here is a scientific hypothesis.
Comments on Derek Bickerton's Book (2014) More than Nature Needs
Series: A Course on The Human Niche. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,490. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
These comments address a 2014 book by a linguist, Derek Bickerton, on the evolution of language and mind. My goal is to re-articulate the author's arguments using the category-based nested form and the first singularity.
Comments on Robert Berwick and Noam Chomsky's Book (2016) Why Only Us?
Series: A Course on The Human Niche. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,490. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
Robert Berwick and Noam Chomsky's book, Why Only Us?, is subtitled: Language and Evolution. This collection of essays addresses the evolution of language from the point of view of computational systems and generative grammar, the expertise of each author respectively. These comments offer a category-based alternative.
A Primer on Natural Signs
Series: A Course on The Human Niche. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,740. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
Signs are triadic relations. Natural signs vary on the basis of the qualities of their sign-object. Icons are based on similarity. Indexes are founded on pointing. Symbols are built on convention. Each of these sign-qualities comes into play in the evolution of human language and religion. So, an understanding of natural signs is crucial for the postmodern human sciences.
Comments on Steven Mithen's Book (1996) The Prehistory of The Mind
Series: A Course on The Human Niche. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
These comments address a book by an archaeologist, Steven Mithen, about human evolution. Mithen presents two evocative analogies for the mental evolution of hominins. The first is a play in four acts. The second is the historical evolution of church architecture. This work comments using the special vocabulary of the category-based nested form. The human niche is proposed.
Comments on Clive Gamble, John Gowlett and Robin Dunbar’s Book (2014) Thinking Big
Series: A Course on The Human Niche. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,270. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
These comments address a 2014 book by three British researchers, on the evolution of language and mind. The subtitle is: How the Evolution of Social Live Shaped the Human Mind. My goal is to re-articulate their arguments using the category-based nested form and the first singularity.
Comments on Stephen Greenblatt’s Book (2017) The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve
Series: Reverberations of the Fall. Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 5,820. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Meditations / General, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy
This work comments on a book written by Stephen Greenblatt under the title, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve, published by W.W. Norton Press. My goal is to examine this work from the perspective of the First Singularity. The hypothesis of the First Singularity addresses the question: Why is our current Lebenswelt not the same as the Lebenswelt that we evolved in?
Comments on James V. Schall S.J.’s (2017) Political Philosophy and Catholicism
Series: Intimations of Political Philosophy · Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times. Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Political, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Methodology
This essay comments on a short article appearing in The Catholic Social Science Review (vol. 22, 2017, pages 147-156). The goal is to re-articulate the argument using the primal triad of judgment and the category based nested form.
Comments on Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight’s Book (2017) Adam and the Genome
Series: Reverberations of the Fall. Price: $2.40 USD. Words: 9,330. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Theology / Anthropology, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion & Science
These comments address a book by geneticist, Dennis Venema, and theologian, Scot McKnight. Venema establishes that Adam and Eve cannot be the actual parents of all humans. McKnight establishes the stories of Adam and Eve are written in styles and themes of ancient Near East literature. My goal is to re-articulate their arguments using the category-based nested form and the first singularity.
Comments on Daniel Novotny’s Essay (2017) Izquierdo on Universals
Disputation 17 of the Baroque scholastic treatise The Lighthouse of the Sciences (1659) covers the topic of universals. Sebastian Izquierdo wrote the treatise. Daniel Novotny published a summary in the Spring 2017 issue of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. My comments demonstrate the postmodern relevance of this topic, using the category-based nested form.
Comments on Tomas Bogardus and Mallorie Urban’s Essay (2017) How to Tell...
Series: Re-Articulations. Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 4,960. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Comparative Religion, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Theology
This work comments on an essay published by Tomas Bogardus and Mallorie Urban in the Spring 2017 edition of Faith and Philosophy: Journal of the Society of Christian Philosophers (volume 34(2), pages 176-200), under the title, “How to Tell Whether Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God”. My goal is to re-articulate this work in the specialized language of the category-based nested form.
Comments on Joshua Lee Harris’s Essay (2017) Analogy in Aquinas
This work comments on an essay published by Joshua Lee Harris in the January 2017 edition of Faith and Philosophy: Journal of the Society of Christian Philosophers (volume 34(1), pages 33-56), under the title, “Analogy in Aquinas: The Alston-Wolterstorff Debate Revisited”. My goal is to re-articulate Harris’s work in the specialized language of the category-based nested form.
Comments on James Madden’s Essay (2017) A Thomistic Theory of Intentionality
This work comments on an essay by James D. Madden published in the Winter 2017 edition of The American Catholic Quarterly. The essay is titled, “Is a Thomistic Theory of Intentionality Consistent with Physicalism?” My goal is to re-articulate the argument in the specialized language of the category-based nested form.
Comments on Andrew Hollingsworth’s Paper (2016) Ecos of Meaning
This essay comments on Andrew Hollingworth’s presentation at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (2016) in San Antonio. His paper is subtitled Umberto Eco’s Semiotic Theory for Theological Hermeneutics. The category-based nested form is used to model features of Umberto Eco’s semiotic theory. These models are applied to an example.
Comments on Father Reniero Cantalamessa’s (2016) Fourth Advent Sermon
Series: Re-Articulations. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 4,550. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Theology / Anthropology, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion & Science
This essay comments on Father Raniero Cantalamessa’s advent sermon for the Pontifical Household. The lecture is on the nature of Mary in regards to Christmas. My goal is to re-articulate the argument in the specialized language of the category-based nested form.
Comments on George Weigel’s Book (2007) Faith, Reason and the War against Jihadism
Series: Intimations of Political Philosophy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,140. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Theology
This 19,200 word essay comments on George Weigel’s book, published at the end of the administration of President George Bush. The category-based nested form lays out relational structures. Theology runs beneath the surface of Weigel’s 15 lessons.
Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Part 4
Series: Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Parts 1-4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,900. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This 10,900 word comment applies the category-based nested forms to Hobbes’ ideas. In Part 3, Hobbes details his ideas on the Christian commonwealth. Christians are empowered to counsel the sovereign, nothing more. In Part 4, Hobbes combats other ideas about the relation between religion and politics.
Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Part 3
Series: Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Parts 1-4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,570. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This 16,600 word comment applies the category-based nested forms to Hobbes’ ideas. In Part 3, Hobbes turns to scripture in order to confirm his model of the subject and the commonwealth. The category-based nested form is used to show the relations within his models.
Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Part 2
Series: Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Parts 1-4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,270. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This 12,300 word comment applies the category-based nested forms to Hobbes’ ideas. In the part on the commonwealth, the reader learns that the sovereign rules the subject based on 3 natural laws. Part 2 ends with a description of the civil state.
Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Part 1
Series: Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Parts 1-4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,110. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This 16,200 word comment applies the category-based nested forms to Hobbes’ ideas. How does Hobbes depict the difficult relations between subject and sovereign in the society tier? He portrays them as natural phenomena. Each person is an institution. The sovereign is the commonwealth. Three natural laws generate the commonwealth.
Comments on Fr. Dan Pattee’s Essay (2016) Social Justice and Catholic Social Thought
Series: Intimations of Political Philosophy. Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Social, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Essays
This 4400 word essay applies the category-based nested form to an essay by Fr. Dan Pattee, T.O.R., entitled “Social Justice and Catholic Social Thought”, appearing in The Catholic Social Science Review (volume 21, pages 99-115).
Comments on Eric Santner’s Book (2016) The Weight of All Flesh
Series: Intimations of Political Philosophy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,620. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Political, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Essays
This 23,700 word essay comments on Eric Santners’s book, subtitled On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy. The category-based nested form is used to model features of Santner’s directed associations. These models complement the text.
Comments on Peter Burfeind’s Book (2014) Gnostic America
Series: How to Define the Word "Gnosticism": A Short Course · Intimations of Political Philosophy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,040. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This 23,100 word essay comments on Peter Burfeind’s book, concerning a resurgent Gnosticism in contemporary America. The category-based nested form is used to model the Gnostic origin myth. This model is then compared to other features of contemporary Gnosticism.
Comments on John Deely's Book (1994) New Beginnings
This 9,900 word essay comments on John Deely’s analysis of scholasticism of the Baroque Era. The category-based nested form is used to model arguments about the causality inherent in triadic signs. In particular, Suarez’s interscope for ens rationis applies.
A Primer on Implicit and Explicit Abstraction
Series: A Course on Implicit and Explicit Abstraction. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,720. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Logic, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This 10,800 word essay builds on comments about Daniel Novotny’s study in scholasticism of the Baroque Era. The category-based nested form is used to model implicit and explicit abstraction. The first singularity comes into play.
Comments on Daniel Novotny’s Book (2013) Ens Rationis from Suarez to Caramuel
This 14,800 word essay comments on Daniel Novotny’s study in scholasticism of the Baroque Era. The category-based nested form is used to model arguments about beings of reason (by Suarez, Hurtado, Mastri, Belluto and Caramuel). Implicit and explicit abstraction are modeled along the way.
Comments on Roger Teichmann’s Article (2016) The Identity of a Word
Series: Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times. Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Language, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Essays
This 3100 word essay comments on an article appearing in the winter 2016 issue of The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (Volume 90). The article is titled, The Identity of a Word. The author of the article is Roger Teichmann, a professor at St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford in Oxford, United Kingdom.
Comments on “A Bio-Cultural-Historical Approach to the Study of Development (2016)”
Series: Re-Articulations. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Developmental / general, Essay » Sociology
This 5600 word commentary summarizes, comments on, and re-articulates Michael Cole’s and Martin Packer’s essay “A Bio-Cultural Historical Approach to the Study of Development”, slated to appear in volume 6 of Handbook of Advances in Culture and Psychology, edited by M. J. Gelfand, C. Chui and Y. Hong.
A Primer on Another Infrasovereign Religion
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This 3700 word primer is the tenth in a series on the category-based nested forms. A nested form model for “the presence underlying the word ‘religion’” may be constructed of three tiers of interscopes. The third tier is the society tier. In this primer, the entire society tier comes into view.
A Primer on Classical Political Philosophy
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,100. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This primer is the ninth in a series on the category-based nested forms. A nested form model for “the presence underlying the word ‘religion’” may be constructed of three tiers of interscopes. The third tier is the society tier. Institutions occupy the content level. The sovereign occupies the situation level. Classical political philosophy questions the situation. Is there a perspective?
A Primer on a Contemporary Infrasovereign Religion
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This primer is the eighth in a series on the category-based nested forms. A nested form model for “the presence underlying the word ‘religion’” may be constructed of three tiers of interscopes. The third tier is the society tier. Institutions occupy the content level. The sovereign occupies the situation level. Infrasovereign religions are “institutions that can grasp for sovereign power”.
Lessons 25-36 for Instructor’s Guide to An Archaeology of the Fall and Related Scriptures
Series: A Course of Study: An Archaeology of the Fall. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,180. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling, Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology
This is the third of three sets of lessons for a course on this work and related scriptures.
Lessons 13-24 for Instructor’s Guide to An Archaeology of the Fall and Related Scriptures
Series: A Course of Study: An Archaeology of the Fall. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,770. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling, Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology
This is the second of three sets of lessons for a course on this work and related scriptures. The course is suitable for high school and college students.
Lessons 1-12 for Instructor’s Guide to An Archaeology of the Fall and Related Scriptures
Series: A Course of Study: An Archaeology of the Fall. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,480. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling, Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology
An Archaeology of the Fall is groundbreaking. This is the first of three sets of lessons for a course on this work and related scriptures. The course is suitable for high school and college students. The instructor’s guide offers programmatic questions (and answers) that should stimulate conversation. The questions flow from the structure category-based nested form.
Comments on Religious Experience (1985) by Wayne Proudfoot
Series: Re-Articulations. Price: $3.59 USD. Words: 19,150. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion & Science, Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology
In 1986, Proudfoot won a book award for “Religious Experience” from the American Academy of Religion. The Professor of Religion at Columbia University critically examined the 180 year old claims of Friedrich Schleiermacher. This work examines Proudfoot’s writing through association with category-based nested forms. This work will interest anyone interested in the religious experience.
A Primer on How Institutions Think
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,380. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This primer is the seventh in a series on the category-based nested forms. A nested form model for “the presence underlying the word ‘religion’” may be constructed of three tiers. Each tier contains an interscope. The interscope for the third tier, the society tier, starts with the institution level. Mary Douglas’ book “How Institutions Think” is reviewed.
A Primer on the Family
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,020. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This primer is the sixth in a series on the category-based nested forms. A nested form model for “the presence underlying the word ‘religion’” may be constructed of three tiers. Each tier contains an interscope. The interscope for the third tier, the society tier, starts with the institution level. The family is used to imagine the concepts of “institution” and “organization”.
Comments on Alexander Dugin’s Book (2012) The Fourth Political Theory
Series: Intimations of Political Philosophy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,790. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2015. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Political
This 15800 word commentary summarizes, comments on, and re-articulates Alexander Dugin’s recent book The Fourth Political Theory. Alexander Dugin is a Russian political theorist. My work is not a substitute for Dugin’s book. His work attracted my eye because my mission is to imagine the fourth age of understanding, the age of semiotics. This work complement's Dugin's book.
The Second Primer on the Organization Tier
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,370. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This 8400 word primer is the fifth in a series on the category based nested forms. A nested form model for “the presence underlying the word ‘religion’” may be constructed of three tiers. These are labeled A (for firstness), B (for secondness) and C (for thirdness). Each tier contains an interscope. The interscope for the second tier, the organization, is introduced here.
The First Primer on the Organization Tier
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This 6700 word primer is the fourth in a series on the category based nested forms. A nested form model for “the presence underlying the word ‘religion’” may be constructed of three tiers. These are labeled A (for firstness), B (for secondness) and C (for thirdness). Each tier contains an interscope. The interscope for the second tier, the organization, is introduced here.
The Inevitable Twist: Comments on Lamoureux’s Question
Series: Reverberations of the Fall. Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / Old Testament, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Theology / Anthropology
These comments wrestle with the implications of Denis Lamoureux’s article, entitled “Beyond Original Sin: Is a Theological Paradigm Shift Inevitable?” published in the March 2015 issue of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith [67(1): 35-49]. The ideas of Julian Jaynes are used for comparison.
A Primer for Individual In Community
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,780. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Essays
This 5600 word primer is the third in a series on the category based nested forms. A nested form model for “the presence underlying the word ‘religion’” may be constructed of three tiers. These are labeled A (for firstness), B (for secondness) and C (for thirdness). Each tier contains an interscope. The interscope for the first tier, the individual in community, is presented here.
A Primer on Sensible and Social Construction
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,350. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Theory, Nonfiction » Social Science » Social psychology
This 4400 word primer is the second in a series on the category based nested forms. Humans innately produce two types of construction, sensible and social. These two types are interdependent. Their structure can be elucidated using the nested form. The empty slot nested form itself serves as an example for both types of construction.
A Primer for the Category-Based Nested Form
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,150. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
This 2100 word primer introduces the category-based nested form. The nested form is derived from the categories of Charles Sanders Peirce. It represents a visual approach to the categories. A simple example guides development. The result is foundational. This primer is the first in a series.
How To Define the Word "Religion"
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 47,290. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy
This little walk and academic treatise turns on the title question. The answer may explain the past three and one-half centuries of Western history.
An Archaeology of the Fall
Series: A Course of Study: An Archaeology of the Fall. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 62,120. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
This horror story and academic treatise turns on the question: Why civilization? To even ponder the question is to make a wish. A family of an archaeologist, isolated in a research vessel in the Persian Gulf, ponders the question, and a genie appears to grant their wish. The celestial earth tells the story of Adam and Eve. The mundane earth tells the story of why.
Comments on Original Sin and Original Death: Romans 5:12-19
Series: Crystallizations of the Fall. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Meditations / Old Testament
This 4100 word essay comments on Thomas Schreiner's article of the same name in the (2014) compilation Adam, the Fall and Original Sin: Theological, Biblical and Scientific Perspectives (edited by Hans Madueme and Michael Reeves, Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, Michigan). It is an exercise in postmodern scholasticism. Related works include The First Singularity and its Fairy Tale Trace.
An Essay on Causality in the Empirical and Social Sciences
Series: Intimations of Political Philosophy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,780. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Anthropology
A light-hearted essay comparing the nature of causality in the social and empirical sciences. 3800 words.
The First Singularity and Its Fairy Tale Trace
Series: Crystallizations of the Fall. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,700. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Evolution
This 2700 word essay presents a natural hypothesis addressing the question: Why is our current Lebenswelt not the same as the Lebenswelt that we evolved in?