Happy Pioneer Day!

Handcart pioneers

   My Deseret News column for today: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607432/Remembering-the-Exodus-2-both-ancient-and-modern.html   … [Read more...]

“Finding God through the history, philosophy of science”

Christchurch College, University of Oxford

   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865589677/Finding-God-through-the-history-philosophy-of-science.html   … [Read more...]

Perhaps a faint glimmer of hope for my beloved California?

Neel Kashkari

  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/383510/californias-goldwater-20-george-will   … [Read more...]

From the PR department

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“How to Save Gaza”

Whatever your politics, this scene from Gaza is heartrending.

   Cassandra Hedelius has brought this piece to my attention, which seems to me a reasonable approach to the problem -- and to represent the kind of rational reflection on the current crisis (including criticism of Israel) that overblown allusions to "genocide" and "Auschwitz" tend to drown out: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/07/how_to_save_gaza_demilitarization_and_abbas.html   … [Read more...]

Auschwitz? “Genocide” in Gaza?

It remains an excellent question: What WOULD you do?

  As I've said before, governments -- all governments -- have three absolutely basic and fundamental responsibilities to their citizens.  All governments do other things on top of these, of course -- many of them things that, in my view, they do badly, and many of them things that, even if they do them well, they shouldn't do. But these three things are irreducible.  A government that doesn't do them, or, worse still, deliberately declines to do them, is u … [Read more...]

Two “Interpreter” books

On the left, the first book published by The Interpreter Foundation. On the right, the coming next book to be published by the Foundation. Several more books are in the pipeline. (Thanks to Bryce Haymond for creating this slide.  Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

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“Children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction, study finds”

  This item is giving significant aid and comfort -- not to mention laughter and a gratifying sense of vindication -- to those who insist that either (a) religious people are religious because they can't tell reality from fantasy or (b) religious people can't tell reality from fantasy because faith has crippled their minds or (c) both. This is a variant of Sigmund Freud's old claim that religion is a "collective neurosis," of Richard Dawkins's depiction of … [Read more...]