Re: [Slate] American Religious fervor, by the numbers

Tim Byars (
Thu, 1 Jul 1999 23:05:31 -0700

At 12:45 AM -0500 7/2/99, Jeff Bone wrote:
>Homework for Tim: learn game theory, population theory, and evolutionary
>biology. (And when you figure it all out, teach it to me 'cuz I'm a rank
>amateur. :-) Ponder the Prisoner's Dilemma. Read The Lucifer Principle
>(ref. in previous post) and The Selfish Gene (and other stuff by Dawkins.)
>Read Order Out of Chaos by Ilya Prigogine. For contrast, read Pinker ---
>it's a bit of an excursion, but applicable. It's --- everything is, that
>is --- all about evolution, and group dynamics, and those are all about
>math at some ultimate level. There's no mystery here; just a
>magnificent, dynamic, and monstrously complex mathematical system. That I
>can safely say I don't understand at all. ;-)

nah, how about I just quit this list.