“What did ancient Babylonian songs sound like? Something like this.”

The Ishtar Gate of ancient Babylon

  Jabra Ghneim brought this fascinating item to my attention: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/12/what-did-ancient-babylonian-sound-like-something-like-this/ I really, really like the music.   … [Read more...]

Orson Scott Card, for “Interpreter”

Terry Manier's OSC

  For those who may have missed it, this year's Christmas message from The Interpreter Foundation was written by Orson Scott Card: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/christmas-is-about-a-baby/   … [Read more...]

Music of Christmas 5

Festung Hohensalzburg von unten

  I inadvertently left out the fifth installment of my "Music of Christmas" posts.  So here it is, by way of penitence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1WHNcnHo4A Like so much wonderful music, Still, Still, Still comes from Salzburg.  (Among other things, a fellow named Mozart was born there.) The very title seems to put me right into German mode:  I actually began, just now, to write that "Like so much wonderful music, Still Still Sti … [Read more...]

From a poem on Christmas by C. S. Lewis

A quote from a C.S. Lewis poem

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A superb and beautiful gift for Christmas. If you hurry.

The cover of Bradshaw and Larsen's IGIL 2

  In God's Image and Likeness 2 is the first of the four books that The Interpreter Foundation has published thus far: http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Image-Likeness-Vol-2-Enoch/dp/B00GV18DGK/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385222873&sr=1-4 Time is short.  You might be able to get this book through Amazon.com soon enough, but you would have to really scurry.  Your best bet, if you're in Utah, might be to check at one of the four Eborn Books l … [Read more...]

“Why We Have Free Will”

Professor Nahmias of Georgia State

  Some relatively recent experiments -- notably those by the late Benjamin Libet of the University of California at San Francisco in the 1980s and another study, published in 2013, by John-Dylan Haynes of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin -- have shown that neurons fire in our brains before we become aware that we've made a decision. Many neuroscientists have argued that this discovery proves, once and for all, that human free will is … [Read more...]

14 March: Save the Date!

A reprint of the 1830 original

  Mark Saturday, 14 March 2015, on your calendars. We're planning a conference on the language of the Book of Mormon for that date, on the campus of Brigham Young University. There will be some astonishing information at the conference. I'll post further details when they're available.   … [Read more...]

Christmas Cheer 25

Merry Christmas!

  Here's one young woman's account of an unusually meaningful and memorable Christmas for her: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=899761120057510&set=vb.120694114630885&type=2&theater&notif_t=notify_me And there are other such accounts where her story came from.   … [Read more...]