“The Second Shepherds’ Play”

    It’s a bitterly cold night in the Washington DC area.  But we enjoyed it nonetheless.   We attended a performance tonight, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, by the Folger Consort.  They did The Second Shepherds’ Play, one of the most popular medieval English mystery plays.  It survives in a sixteenth-century manuscript that belonged [Read More…]

“‘Lucy’ Species May Have Been Polygynous”

    This is quite interesting, but it also strikes me (given the paucity of actual evidence) as highly speculative:   http://www.livescience.com/57203-lucy-early-human-species-was-polygynous.html   I can easily imagine several other explanations for the very limited data, and, barring additional discoveries, I don’t see how we can rule them.   Posted from Alexandria, Virginia     [Read more…]

From the sublime to the ridiculous (to coin a phrase)

    Here’s the background on an excellent and growing series of podcasts involving faithful Latter-day Saint scholars and thinkers:   Can We Talk?   And here’s a good resource on the unfortunate “Letter to a CES Director” that has, despite its fairly comprehensive lack of merit, had considerable harmful influence on some Latter-day Saints:   Home [Read More…]

“The Book of Mormon at Christmas”

    The latest installment of my weekly Deseret News column has appeared, and, as usual, most of the folks writing in to the Deseret News about it don’t like it at all:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865669327/The-Book-of-Mormon-at-Christmas.html   I always get a kick, by the way, out of those who complain that “Peterson should also have discussed [Read More…]

“University: Use ‘End of (Fiscal) Year’ Party Instead of ‘Holiday’ Party to Be ‘Inclusive’”

    Oy veh!   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443008/university-holiday-party-not-inclusive-fiscal-year-texas-professor-guidelines?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Trending%20Email%20Reoccurring-%20Monday%20to%20Thursday%202016-12-14&utm_term=NR5PM%20Actives   In some respects, there are few stupider places on Earth than certain American college campuses.   If this story is accurate, one college in Texas seems to have achieved a whole new level of idiocy.     [Read more…]

Partings are unavoidable, but . . .

    The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.  (Charles Dickens)     [Read more…]

The Daily Wire: “Report: Here Is The Single Reason Romney Lost Sec State . . .”

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/11629/report-here-single-reason-romney-lost-sec-state-hank-berrien   I’m proud of Governor Romney for doing the right thing, and for having the integrity to stick to his principles.   Thanks to Jacob Billings for bringing this analysis to my attention.     [Read more…]

The Forbes listing of the world’s most powerful people

    Donald Trump is number two.   Guess who’s number one?   http://www.forbes.com/powerful-people/list/#tab:overall     [Read more…]

Russia, Tillerson, “Never Trump,” the Real World, and “Emoluments”

    Despite having been recently forbidden by one of my readers ever to post on political subjects again, I’m going to plunge ahead and do it nonetheless.   Two items from David French on the Trump administration’s orientation toward Vladimir Putin and Russia:   “How Russia Wins”   “The Trouble with Tillerson”   And, since [Read More…]

“Fake News on Gay Science?”

    If anybody has an update on this matter — factual, please, not an angry rant or an ad hominem attack — I would appreciate seeing it:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442691/social-science-gay-study-doesnt-add   In the meantime, it scarcely needs to be pointed out that ideological dogmatism and science don’t mix very well.     [Read more…]