“6 surprising downsides of being extremely intelligent”

    Not that I would know anything about it, of course.   I offer this, though, as a gesture of kindness to each and every one of my critics:   http://www.businessinsider.com/downsides-of-being-smart-2016-7   All of them labor under a burden that I can neither know nor ever hope to understand.   Posted from Newport Beach, [Read More…]

“Is This the Dawn of a New Age of Unreason?”

    A thought-provoking piece by a Muslim thinker whom I hold in great esteem, Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl of UCLA:   http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2016/07/26/4507835.htm   I don’t agree with absolutely every point he makes, but his is a sane and well-informed voice that should be taken into account on these matters.   Posted from Newport Beach, [Read More…]

Why economics is so hard

    “Economics is haunted by more fallacies than any other study known to man.  This is no accident.  The inherent difficulties of the subject would be great enough in any case, but they are multiplied a thousandfold by a factor that is insignificant in, say, physics, mathematics or medicine—the special pleading of selfish interests.”  Henry [Read More…]

BOM Alma 54

    In my judgment, today’s reading, Alma 54,  offers significant evidence for the authenticity of the Book of Mormon.   Why?  Because it’s so humanly plausible.   In his Republic, Plato famously divides the ψυχή (psyche) into three parts — the λογιστικόv (logistikon, or “logical”), the θυμοειδές (thymoeides, or “spirited”) and the ἐπιθυμητικόν (epithymetikon, or “appetitive”). These [Read More…]

“Following ISIS Attacks, Arab Journalists Call to Acknowledge Existence of Muslim Extremism; Reexamine Religious Texts”

    Yet another horror from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State,” which couldn’t possibly be more effective at ruining the reputation and image of Islam if that were its intended goal:   “The Martyrdom of Father Hamel and ISIS’s Total-War Strategy”   Can we hope that the Islamic world is finally beginning to awaken and to [Read More…]

A cute little stunt from Planned Parenthood of Utah

    http://www.ldsliving.com/Planned-Parenthood-Uses-Church-s-CTR-Design-in-Controversial-Campaign/s/82713?s_cid=e2160516&utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email   Incidentally, Ms. Kate Kelly — you may recall the name — is now “strategic advocacy and policy counsel” for the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.   Posted from Newport Beach, California     [Read more…]

You might want to reconsider that vacation in Yellowstone.

    Or, alternatively, you might want to hurry to see it while it (and Wyoming and Idaho) are still there.   “Supervolcanoes May Erupt Surprisingly Fast”   Fortunately, I’m far away from Yellowstone right now.  In earthquake-prone California.  Along the coast, where a tsunami could wash me out to sea.   Posted from Newport [Read More…]

“Who is leaving the LDS Church?”

    I’m very interested in seeing the eventual results of this study:   Who is leaving the LDS Church?   More information is almost always better than less.   Posted from Newport Beach, California     [Read more…]

A principle with wide application

    Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.  (George Santayana, 1863-1952)   Posted from Newport Beach, California     [Read more…]

“Right back where I started from”

    It’s good to be back in California, which will always seem like home to me.  I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, eastward of Los Angeles, and San Gabriel and the cities round about (e.g., Alhambra, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Arcadia, South El Monte, Altadena, Whittier, and so forth) were the focus of [Read More…]