“Why Scientific Consensus Is Worth Taking Seriously”

      Not everybody will agree with her specific examples, but she makes a reasonably good and important general point:   https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-22/why-scientific-consensus-is-worth-taking-seriously   Posted from Le Chesnay, France     [Read more…]

“The Book of Mormon Gets the Literary Treatment”

    A very interesting article about developments beyond Mormondom:   The Book of Mormon Gets the Literary Treatment   Posted from Le Chesnay, France     [Read more…]

“Le Plus Grand Français de tous les temps (the Greatest Frenchman of all time)”?

    Charles de Gaulle bestrides the twentieth-century history of France like a colossus.  He was the leader of the Free French Forces during the Second World War, the head of the provisional government of liberated France from 1944 to 1946, the founder of France’s “Fifth Republic,” and the nation’s president from 1959 to 1969.  The country’s main airport [Read More…]

Changing the scientific tale of human origins?

    A new discovery suggests that, contrary to common notions, Africa isn’t the evolutionary home of humankind:   “Scientists find 7.2-million-year-old pre-human remains in the Balkans”   However, one scientist cautions that speculations based upon the new discovery should be . . . well, cautious:   “Did Humans Evolve in Europe? A New Discovery Fuels [Read More…]

“Another Week, Another New Semitic Wordplay”

    Jeff Lindsay reports on an interesting argument from the pages of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   http://mormanity.blogspot.fr/2017/05/another-week-another-new-semitic.html   Remember that all articles in Interpreter are offered to you entirely free of cost.  (You’re welcome, though, to donate.  Interpreter is free, but it costs money to produce it.)   Posted from Le [Read More…]

Concerning Manchester

    President Trump called the perpetrators of the Manchester attack “losers.”   That seems to me, frankly, the kind of insubstantial thing that a teenager might say to express hostility and anger, but it also seems to reflect a poverty of vocabulary.   The British prime minister described the attack as “cowardly.”   But that [Read More…]

“Creating a List of ‘Standard Works’ on Book of Mormon Authenticity”

    I’ve just been reminded of this useful post, by Neal Rappleye:   http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2013/10/creating-list-of-standard-works-on-book.html#more   Since its writing, some new items have been making a case for their own inclusion in the list.  I, for example, would probably add the still-ongoing work of Royal Skousen and Stanford Carmack regarding the language of the English Book of Mormon, [Read More…]

“New Paper on Isaiah in the Book of Mormon”

    Thanks to Neal Rappleye for calling attention to a new article by Joseph M. Spencer:   http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2017/05/new-paper-on-isaiah-in-book-of-mormon.html   Posted from Pontorson, Normandy, France     [Read more…]

On seeing the president’s photo at a hallowed location in France

    We visited both the German military cemetery and the main American military cemetery in Normandy a few days back.  The latter, as our guide that day rightly pointed out, is — given its nature as a cemetery — a palpably life-affirming and magnificently beautiful place.  Yesterday, we returned on our own to the [Read More…]

From the one-time supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe, and leader of D-Day

    Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.   You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.   And, yes, he did eventually resign his five-star generalship and become president of Columbia University.  And [Read More…]