“The Universe May Be Conscious, Prominent Scientists State”

    Okay.  This may be merely weird.  Crazy pseudo-science.  Or it may be true and brilliantly insightful:   http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/the-universe-may-be-conscious-prominent-scientists-state?utm_source=realclearscience&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=partner   Just a thought.   Posted from Zadar, Croatia     [Read more…]

“When is Eid al-Fitr, and why do Muslims celebrate it?”

    My mention of this article is just a bit late, but the article is still informative and worthwhile:   When is Eid al-Fitr, and why do Muslims celebrate it?   Posted from Zadar, Croatia     [Read more…]

The true shame

    I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time been ashamed. Ralph Ellison (1913-1994)   Posted from Zadar, Croatia     [Read more…]

“Sophistry”

    Educating the public on how to recognize and avoid practical logical fallacies is a very meritorious undertaking:   http://hostsofheaven.blogspot.com.es/2017/06/sophistry.html   Think of all of the trouble we could avoid, for instance, if politicians and voters thought more reasonably.   Posted from the Adriatic Sea         [Read more…]

“Christian authors and other experts are trying to kickstart a ‘revolution of kindness’ across the country”

    I like this.  I like the idea of trying to be more deliberately kind.  To make it a resolution to do specific acts of non-habitual kindness on a regular basis, both for family members and friends and for strangers.   This May Be the Key to Happier, Healthier Lives   Posted from the [Read More…]

“Eyes to See and Ears to Hear”

    A very nice three-minute “Mormon Message,” based upon a conference address by Elder Kim B. Clark of the Seventy:   https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2016-01-6000-eyes-to-see-and-ears-to-hear?category=topics/jesus-christ&lang=eng&cid=HP_FR_23-6-2017_dPFD_fMLIB_xLIDyL1-A_   I did a short devotional for our group this evening — Church policy no longer permits onboard sacrament meetings — about the testimony given by New Testament women concerning the resurrection [Read More…]

“Chemists unravel why humans aren’t constantly bursting into flames”

      From the Royal Society of Chemistry:   https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/chemists-unravel-why-humans-arent-constantly-bursting-into-flames/3007617.article   I remember, from perhaps somewhere in my very early teens, reading frightening stories of spontaneous human combustion.  I haven’t thought about it since, but apparently it doesn’t happen and can’t happen  What a relief!   Posted from the Adriatic Sea     [Read more…]

“Surplus good deeds and Martin Luther’s rebellion”

    Another Hamblin-Peterson Deseret News article inspired by the fact that this year marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865683578/Surplus-good-deeds-and-Martin-Luthers-rebellion.html   Posted from Venice, Italy     [Read more…]

“How Religious Literacy Can Save Lives”

    An interesting angle that, I suspect, won’t have occurred to everybody:   How religious literacy can save lives   Posted from Venice, Italy     [Read more…]

A Venetian voice

    “Pius X, in 1906, right here in Rome, had beatified the sixteen Carmelites of Compiègne, martyrs during the French revolution. During the trial they were condemned ‘to death for fanaticism.’ And one of them asked in her simplicity: ‘Your Honour, what does fanaticism mean?’ And the judge: ‘It is your foolish membership of [Read More…]