“Alien life could thrive in ancient star clusters”

    An interesting hypothesis:   http://www.nature.com/news/alien-life-could-thrive-in-ancient-star-clusters-1.19124     [Read more…]

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“Why you can’t be loyally opposed to the Church”

    I don’t want to drive people out of the Kingdom.  But I also don’t want us to pretend that just about anything goes and that truth and standards don’t matter.   http://www.mormonwomenstand.com/you-cant-be-loyally-opposed-to-the-church/   I can’t help but think, in this context, of a deservedly very famous motto from an otherwise little-remembered German Lutheran theologian of [Read More…]

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“Trumpservations”

    Jay Nordlinger lays out some of the reasons why real conservatives are, or at least should be, concerned about Donald Trump as a presidential candidate:   “Trumpservations” (31 August 2015)   “Trumpservations, Cont.” (2 January 2016)     [Read more…]

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BOM 1 Nephi 11

    We come, now, to a favorite chapter of mine in the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 11.   And I’m simply going to mention, in this connection, one of my very favorite articles among the various Mormon-related things that I’ve written and published.   Here it is in its abbreviated form:   http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/publications/jbms/9/2/S00003-50be458eb2b313Peterson.pdf   [Read More…]

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More thoughts on the Oregon stand-off

    I have ambivalent feelings about the Oregon stand-off.   I think, for example, that there are reasonable grounds for believing that federal officials have behaved far too heavy-handedly in the matter of the Hammond family and, more generally, toward the ranchers in the area.   And I’m not unhappy that this issue is [Read More…]

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It’s what you’re looking for.

    He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds. Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)       [Read more…]

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A note on the current tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/429187/saudi-arabia-iran-middle-east-things-get-worse     [Read more…]

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“The Case for Civil Disobedience in Oregon”

    As you’re probably aware, there’s a prominent Mormon element in the takeover of that federal property in Oregon.  Here’s a reasonably accurate account of that element:   http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/01/04/3735830/bundy-mormonism/   Quite understandably, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has distanced itself from the action:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-responds-to-inquiries-regarding-oregon-armed-occupation   But do Ammon Bundy — note the [Read More…]

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“Is Interstellar Travel Possible?”

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2016/01/02/ask-ethan-is-interstellar-travel-possible/       [Read more…]

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“Mormon background helped 5 BYU grads make list of world’s 50 most important management thinkers”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865644770/Mormon-background-helped-5-BYU-grads-make-list-of-worlds-50-most-important-management-thinkers.html?pg=all   I pass over in humble silence the fact that two of the five are represented on “Mormon Scholars Testify” (here and here) and that one of them recently contributed the Interpreter Foundation’s 2015 Christmas message.     [Read more…]

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