Unlocking the Deadbolt

Here's to a good time, a good life, and a good death.

Definitions and Terms: A (tiny) Glossary

This page is to delineate some basic definitions so that readers can better follow and understand the blog posts. These definitions are not necessarily encompassing of the full meaning of these terms; they are focused in for their use in this blog series. This list will expand and change with respect to the need to explain new terms.

Christian (as is generally understood in Western cultures)

  • an individual who professes a belief in God within a Biblical framework.

Christian (as used in the series unless explicitly stated otherwise)

  • an individual who derives “truth” from the Bible, shares a relatively similar interpretation of the Bible within the context of contemporary Christian culture, prefers modern worship styles, upholds traditional values, and believes in the exclusivity of Jesus and God to heaven.


  • a highly popular, monotheistic religion with doctrines that emphasize belief in God, Jesus Christ, and the Gospel.

Functional Approach Methodology (FAM)

  •  a process of analyzing the relational components between different interactive agents or variables; it incorporates many of the concepts of complexity theory.

Harm Principle

  •  the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. John Stuart Mill: On Liberty

Mental Shadow Tools

  • the term to describe the process of using number lines and other visualizations for demonstrating marginal degrees of a property or variable.

Pro-Sociability Interaction Cooperation Complex (PSIC)

  • a term used to describe the phenomenon of moral evolution derived from sustainable, reciprocal cooperation of individuals based upon mutually beneficial behavior manifested in interpersonal relationships.


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