“Why that gay marriage study was faked, and why we should expect more like it”

Bela Lugosi as Dr. Paul Carruthers

   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/418811/why-gay-marriage-study-was-faked-and-why-we-should-expect-more-it-ian-tuttle  Posted from Berlin, Germany    … [Read more...]

“At sea in an alien culture, where ‘normal’ is defined as ‘deviant’”

Canal in Gottingen

  Do any of the rest of you feel this way?  I surely do: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418830/sea-alien-culture-where-normal-defined-deviant-quin-hillyer Passing by some buildings as the University of Göttingen yesterday, we saw a great many banners expressing leftist and, in some cases, very radical leftist views.  We didn't see a single one expressing a dissenting opinion. That didn't surprise me a whole lot, re … [Read more...]

“Editor in Chief of the World’s Best-Known Medical Journal: Half of All the Literature is False”

Lancet's editor, Richard Horton

  Some of my critics love to portray me as hostile to science.  I read fairly often on the web that I distrust scientists and regard science itself as satanic.  I've learned from the web, moreover, that I'm a young-earth creationist -- something that I could never have discovered about myself without the help of others. It's all bunk, of course.  I arrived at the university out of high school as a mathematics major, with interests in cosmology and astronomy.  I … [Read more...]

What are some things that we should do daily?


  Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.  (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  Posted from Göttingen, Germany    … [Read more...]

“Stop me before I fake again”

Yale's John Boswell

  A sociologist at the University of Maryland demonstrates, briefly, how absurdly easy it is to falsify social science data, or to make it up out of thin air -- whatever one's motives might be, whether ideological or for personal advancement and glory: https://familyinequality.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/stop-me-before-i-fake-again/ The late John Boswell, a prolific historian who died, far too young, of complications from AIDS back on Christmas Eve in … [Read more...]

Building a better world by stifling dissent

Nazis burn books.

  I don't know whether any of you saw this two months ago, or, if you did, whether you remember it.  But it's an instructive incident: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/416250/cut-his-mic-kathryn-jean-lopez By itself, it signifies little or nothing.  But it's scarcely alone.  Posted from Göttingen, Germany    … [Read more...]

A mission memory, and the world’s most-kissed girl

Göttinger Marktplatz

  We drove up this morning from Frankfurt to the university town of Göttingen, in Lower Saxony. I haven't been here in, I believe, forty two years.  (Yes, I'm that old.) We walked around the Innenstadt, the inner city (within the old walls).  It was very pleasant, because today was a holiday, "das Fronleichnamsfest" (Latin: Sollemnitas Sanctissimi Corporis et Sanguinis Christi or, even, Corpus Christi), which is a Catholic festival celebrating the " … [Read more...]

Recovering (at least part of) a lost sermon by the Prophet Joseph Smith

N. K. Whitney house, Kirtland

  This is fun.  A little bit of Church history that might otherwise have been and remained lost. http://ldsmag.com/the-lost-sermon-of-joseph-smith/ Keep a journal. And, if there are any old journals in your possession or your family's possession, please consider giving at least a copy to the Church History Department library, or the library at BYU, or some such thing.  Don't let them be destroyed.  Don't count on descendants preserving … [Read more...]