Jed Woodworth, “The Word of Wisdom”

    Materials such as this interview/podcast are always available to you at no charge on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   LDS Perspectives Podcast: Jed Woodworth, “The Word of Wisdom.”   Posted from the Tyrrhenian Sea     [Read more…]

“China cracks down on fake peer reviews”

    Fraudulent science has been recognized, recently, as a global problem, affecting many fields.  But China is one of its epicenters:   http://www.nature.com/news/china-cracks-down-on-fake-peer-reviews-1.22176   Posted from Civitavecchia, Italy     [Read more…]

“Volcanoes ‘triggered dawn of dinosaurs'”

    Since I’m a young-Earth creationist who believes that our planet is only about 6,000 years old — so certain critics insist, anyway — I’m not exactly sure why I find articles like this both interesting and plausible:   http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40333902   But there you have it.  I do.   Evidently, I’m a young-Earth creationist [Read More…]

“Religion and Gambling: Studies Find the Wages Of Faith May Be Fewer Lost Wages”

    Religion, the late Christopher Hitchens declared over and over and over and over again, poisons everything.   He didn’t really bother to cite actual evidence for his claim, which was, I suspect, tactically wise.   Here’s another piece of evidence demonstrating that Mr. Hitchens was wrong:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/religion-and-gambling-studies-find-the-wages-of-faith_us_5943de2ae4b0d188d027fd7d   Posted from the Ligurian [Read More…]

Paying attention

    “Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories, and still your eyes are on the ground.” Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)   Posted from the Ligurian Sea     [Read more…]

“The Questions President Nelson’s Grandfather Asked a Visitor from the Spirit World + the Surprising Answers”

    Some of you will find this remarkable story of interest:   http://www.ldsliving.com/The-Questions-President-Nelson-s-Grandfather-Asked-a-Visitor-from-the-Spirit-World-the-Surprising-Answers/s/85664?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email   Yesterday, a member of our tour group shared an equally remarkable personal story with me while we were seated on a shaded bench in Monaco.  I don’t feel authorized to share it, but I observe that such accounts are far [Read More…]

“Earth-Size Planets among Final Tally of NASA’s Kepler Telescope”

    I find the subject treated in this article absolutely fascinating.   This is a field that has changed spectacularly, fundamentally, since I was in high school or even an undergraduate.  At least, from what I can see and what I recall.   Posted from the Ligurian Sea     [Read more…]

“Responding to the New Video on Nahom as Archaeological Evidence for the Book of Mormon”

    The formidable Neil Rappleye responds (not quite preemptively, I’m afraid) to criticisms of Stephen Smoot’s new video on the Book of Mormon’s Nahom in its ancient Arabian context:   http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2017/06/responding-to-new-video-on-nahom-as.html   By doing so, he’s saved me a fair amount of time.  Not that his effort will do any good in some circles, [Read More…]

From the Côte d’Azur

    Up early this morning and off the ship by tender.  We spent some time walking in the older part of Nice, and then climbed to the spectacular town of Eze.   From there, we drove to Monaco, where we had lunch and visited the palace of the Grimaldi “sovereign family” that has reigned [Read More…]

Heroism

    “The greatest height of heroism to which an individual, like a people, can attain is to know how to face ridicule.” Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936)   Posted from off the French Riviera     [Read more…]