Three remarkable biological facts

The Glass Knifefish

  From Thomas Dubay, The Evidential Power of Beauty: Science and Theology Meet (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1999), 32-33. 1. The South American "glass knifefish" has been called "basically a computer with fins." Why? It uses a kind of biological technology, something like radar, to navigate the rivers and streams in which it lives.  Gary Rose and Walter Heiligenberg, who have studied the glass knifefish, explain that … [Read more...]


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Two ways of spreading light

A portrait of Edith Wharton at seven or eight

  "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." Edith Wharton (1862-1937) … [Read more...]


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Two cautionary notes on the current European refugee crisis

North African boat people

  Terrible things are happening in Europe right now, and there's a lot of desperate human need. My instincts, like those of most decent people, make me very strongly inclined to help, and to support government actions that will help -- and perhaps all the more so because I've spent a large chunk of my life either in or reading, thinking, and writing about some of the areas concerned.  Not merely in the Middle East but in Europe. But sentiment and e … [Read more...]


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David Whitmer as eyewitness

David Whitmer in color

  "No, sir!  I was not under any hallucination, nor was I deceived!  I saw with these eyes and I heard with these ears!  I know whereof I speak!' Thus David Whitmer, when a group that included Joseph Smith III interviewed him at Richmond, Missouri, in July 1884.  One of them, a non-believer named "Col. Giles," asked him if it were possible that he "had been mistaken and had simply been moved upon by some mental disturbance, or hallucination, which had deceived [ … [Read more...]


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“Should Mormons be considered fellow Christians?”

The Philippines' second temple

  http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2015/09/14/should-mormons-be-considered-fellow-christians/37755   … [Read more...]


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“‘Facts Are Stubborn Things’: The Mesoamerican Reawakening”

Friberg Moroni with banner

  An interesting little item from Neal Rappleye: http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2015/09/facts-are-stubborn-things-mesoamerican.html   … [Read more...]


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From the Diary of a Young Girl

Anneliese Frank, martyr

  "Whoever is happy will make others happy too.""Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!""Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.""I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains." "It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impr … [Read more...]


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Donald Trump, the face of our nation?

JFK photo official

  One of the distinctives of the constitutional government of the United States is that the functions of head of state and head of government are combined in the American presidency.  The president of the United States is, in a sense, the equivalent of both the United Kingdom's monarch and the United Kingdom's prime minister, or of the president and prime minister of France or Germany or Israel.  That is, he is both the ceremonial personal symbol of the United States (the p … [Read more...]


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