From Australia, a Mormon rugby story

    “Guyra will field a side in Sunday’s NERU minor semi-final”   Not, perhaps, the outcome that some would hope for.  But I have mixed feelings on situations like this, and I honor either choice.     [Read more…]

On persistence

    “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)     [Read more…]

“How Did Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Authors Use Chiasmus?”

    Gearing up for a very big chiasmus-related event in mid-August:   https://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/how-did-biblical-and-ancient-near-eastern-authors-use-chiasmus     [Read more…]

Does Artificial Intelligence pose a major, and perhaps even existential, threat to humanity?

    Perhaps, for starters, we ought to nail down what the term AI or artificial intelligence even means.   “Zuckerberg and Musk are both wrong about AI”   That seems fairly obvious, doesn’t it?  But major thinkers on the topic — or, at least, vocal opinion-holders on it — routinely don’t.     [Read more…]

“There Is No Divide Between Islam and American Culture”

    A short but interesting little article from the always-interesting Muslim writer Reza Aslan:   Reza Aslan Argues: There Is No Divide Between Islam and American Culture     [Read more…]

“Open House Begins at Provo Missionary Training Center”

    If you’re in the area and you haven’t signed up for a tour, you may still have a shot at it:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/provo-mtc-open-house-2017     [Read more…]

The Church donates the trailers from the Rome Italy Temple construction site to charities

    You might enjoy watching the first video on this site, which has English subtitles:   http://ldschurchtemples.org/rome/video/     [Read more…]

“The problem of beauty”

    Yet another of my angry, vengeful columns in the Deseret News, newly appeared this morning:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865685546/The-problem-of-beauty.html     [Read more…]

From two prominent comedians and a famous art historian

    “Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the furthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness: a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say ‘no.’ But saying ‘yes’ begins things. Saying ‘yes’ is how things [Read More…]

“Not by Scripture Alone: A Latter-day Saint Refutation of Sola Scriptura”

    I’ve just ordered a copy of this new book from Robert Boylan — via AmazonSmile, of course.  I’m looking forward to it:   https://www.amazon.com/dp/1548311804/     [Read more…]