“‘Love Wins,’ and Charity Loses”

    Ralph Hancock’s remarks at the 2016 FairMormon conference in Provo, delivered earlier this month, stirred up a bit of controversy.  As always, though, his is an important, thoughtful voice that merits close attention:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2016-fairmormon-conference/love-wins-charity-loses   He doesn’t do philosophy in slogans or soundbites.   Posted from Bergen, Norway     [Read more…]

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Will consciousness remain a mystery to science?

    Here’s a scientist who believes that (mortal) humans will never understand consciousness:   http://wavefunction.fieldofscience.com/2016/08/physicist-ed-witten-on-consciousness-i.html   This is something like the position held by the philosopher Colin McGinn, which is often called “mysterianism.”   I suspect that they’re right.   And I think it may be because consciousness is primary, basic, irreducible, and, accordingly, not [Read More…]

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“Race and the Priesthood”

    Marvin Perkins’s remarks at the 2016 FairMormon gathering in Sweden are up, and well worth a listen.   Incidentally, my admiration for faithful black members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prior to 1978 is profound.  I’m not at all confident that I would have, could have, remained active and [Read More…]

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Fall term is about to begin at BYU

    Some are always curious to know what I’ll be teaching, so here’s the list:   Arabic 362 — medieval Arabic literature in translation (I’ll be concentrating on the Qur’an) Integrated Humanities 242 — an introduction to the culture and civilization of Islam Middle East Studies (Arabic) 250 — an introduction to the religion [Read More…]

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On fairness in judging others

    “Persons appear to us according to the light we throw upon them from our own minds.” Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)    Posted from Stardalen, Norway     [Read more…]

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“‘Daughters of Christ’: Finding Language to Talk about Women and Priesthood”

    The audience at the 2016 FairMormon conference earlier this month gave this presentation, by Kathryn Shirts, one of the most enthusiastic ovations of the two-day meeting:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2016-fairmormon-conference/daughters-christ   Posted from Stardalen, Norway     [Read more…]

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“Weeping, Wailing, and Gnashing of Teeth? No Need to Grieve Over Another Case of Alleged Plagiarism in the Book of Mormon”

    The inimitable Jeff Lindsay:   http://mormanity.blogspot.no/2016/08/weeping-wailing-and-gnashing-of-teeth.html   Posted from Stardalen, Norway     [Read more…]

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“King Noah and Maya Kingship”

    A short but interesting little piece:   http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2016/08/king-noah-and-maya-kingship.html#more   Posted from Stardalen, Norway     [Read more…]

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“How Vikings Could Get Away with Murder”

    It seems quite appropriate, given where I’m writing, to post an article such as this.   http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2016/08/22/how_vikings_could_get_away_with_murder_109733.html   My ancestors were a gallant lot.   Incidentally . . .  I once thought, being Norwegian, Danish, English, and Scottish, that I was probably of 50% Scandinavian (and thus, more or less, of 50% Viking) [Read More…]

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“Why the Public Should Mistrust Science”

    An interesting perspective on the question:   http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2016/08/the_public_should_mistrust_science.html   Posted from Stardalen, Norway     [Read more…]

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