Liquid water on Mars (and, thus, potential for life) later than previously thought?

    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6619   http://www.space.com/34095-mars-lakes-suggest-habitable-longer-than-thought.html     [Read more…]

The three most important things in life.

    “Three things in human life are important:  The first is to be kind.  The second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.”  Henry James     [Read more…]

On hating BYU

    Here’s a serious question for some of my fellow Latter-day Saints:   I know many Mormons who love Brigham Young University and who are passionate fans of BYU sports.  I understand them.   I also know members of the Church who are either going to other schools or who went to other schools [Read More…]

“Religion in US Worth $1.2 Trillion to Economy”

    “Religion,” declared the late Christopher Hitchens, “poisons everything.”   But he was wrong.   Spectacularly wrong.   Here’s evidence showing just one of the ways in which he was a desperately poor guide to reality:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/religion-us-worth-12-trillion-economy     [Read more…]

“Pluto Has A Comet-Like Tail, X-Rays, NASA Discovers”

    Okay.  This new little factoid about our distant neighbor, the former planet Pluto, was something I didn’t expect:   http://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2016/09/14/thats-no-comet-thats-pluto-comet-like-tail-and-x-rays-discovered-at-solar-systems-edge/#2e9346027be5     [Read more…]

The “New Hampshire Union Leader” breaks with a century of tradition

    The Union Leader is disproportionately influential because of its importance for the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary, and its voice has historically carried a lot of weight.  So, when the newspaper’s 100-year-long streak of endorsing Republican presidential candidates came to an end yesterday, it was a relatively big deal:   http://www.unionleader.com/editorials/an-editorial—-joseph-w-mcquaid-publisher-a-better-choice-for-president-no-need-to-hold-your-nose–20160914   By my [Read More…]

“The Changing Forms of the Latter-day Saint Sacrament”

    Happy Friday from the Interpreter Foundation!   As you prepare to receive the sacrament on Sunday, you might find this essay to be especially meaningful reading:   The Changing Forms of the Latter-day Saint Sacrament   This new piece represents, by the way, 217th consecutive Friday on which the Interpreter Foundation, which has [Read More…]

Elder Holland at Windsor Castle: Mormon Migration Provides Insights to Help Modern Refugees

    I’m delighted at his words:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormon-elder-holland-migration-insights-modern-refugees   If you can manage the time, please listen to his impressive fourteen-minute remarks, which represent the second speech that he has given at this conference.     [Read more…]

“On the Morrow Come I Into the World”

    Martin Tanner and Bruce Webster join for the Interpreter Foundation’s 180th scripture roundtable, discussing 3 Nephi 1-7 (which is the focus of 2016 Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36):   Scripture Roundtable 180: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36, On the Morrow Come I into the World     [Read more…]

The importance of good manners

    “I have a respect for manners as such.  They are a way of dealing with people you don’t agree with or like.” Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American anthropologist     [Read more…]