“From exile to eminence: How the alien hunters conquered astronomy”

    An interesting and readable short article on the rise to respectability of the search for life — notice that I say “life,” and not merely “extraterrestrial intelligence” — on other worlds:   http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/02/from-exile-to-eminence-how-the-alien-hunters-conquered-astronomy/     [Read more…]

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“Deification: Divine Inheritance and the Glorious Afterlife in the Book of Mormon and Ancient Mesoamerica”

    Mark Alan Wright delivered these interesting remarks at the tenth annual FAIR (now FairMormon) conference, in August 2008:   http://www.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/2008-Mark-Wright.pdf     [Read more…]

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“How the Satanic temple forced Phoenix lawmakers to ban public prayer”

    Nathaniel Hancock has brought the following unpleasant item to my notice, along the way ruefully mentioning the famous comment from John Adams that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”:     https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/02/05/how-the-satanic-temple-forced-phoenix-lawmakers-to-ban-public-prayer/   Alas, I tend to agree with [Read More…]

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Video Presentation: “‘These Were Days Never to Be Forgotten’: The Witnesses to the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon”

    http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/video-presentation-these-were-days-never-to-be-forgotten-the-witnesses-to-the-coming-forth-of-the-book-of-mormon/     [Read more…]

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BOM 2 Nephi 17

    Today’s reading — 2 Nephi 17 (= Isaiah 7) — contains, in verse 14, one of the most famous of all messianic prophecies:   Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.   It’s already quoted as applying to Jesus of Nazareth in Matthew 1:23, and it’s actually difficult [Read More…]

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On seeking revenge

    “He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.” John Milton     [Read more…]

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“The Night Chris Christie Killed the Romney Campaign”

    Despite his notable strengths, there are several reasons why I can’t warm up to Chris Christie.  And this episode is certainly one of them:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430792/chris-christie-barack-obama-2012-hurricane-sandy     [Read more…]

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“Early Mormon Missionaries”

    Jabra Ghneim called my attention to this fascinating site, which many interested in family history are likely to find useful:   https://history.lds.org/missionary/   It took me all of about five seconds to locate an entry about my wife’s grandfather, whom I never met.  I learned several things from it.     [Read more…]

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“The Soul and the City”

    I think that it may be time once again to call attention to Ralph Hancock’s excellent and always thought-provoking blog:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/soulandcity/     [Read more…]

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“The Science of Hillary Clinton’s Coin Toss Victories”

    I’m not a big Hillary Clinton fan.   (I’m being deliberately gentle here:  I actually think she probably deserves indictment.  And that’s only on the matter of the State Department emails.  Beyond which there are many, many, many more reasons to oppose her bid for the presidency.)   But her victory in six [Read More…]

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