Thankfully, it’s not ours to judge.

    “Do not forget, some give little, and it is much for them, others give all, and it costs them no effort; who then has given most?”  Knut Hamsun (1859-1952)   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

“The Tragic Transgender Contagion”

    Bizarre cultural trends can have painful consequences for the individuals caught up in them.  Here’s one apparent example:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/439126/transgender-teens-parents-rapid-onset-gender-dysphoria-doctors   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

In which I emit a tiny squeak from my place under the bus

    Among the best parts of the mythic narrative that has emerged in some circles about the Maxwell Institute purge of 2012 is the one that recounts how the Church threw me under the bus.  The Brethren, it is said, expressed their disapproval of me and all my works by repudiating me.  A canker on the [Read More…]

“Who are the Kurds?”

    A short Deseret News article from the past that some might find helpful in understanding recent headlines out of Turkey, etc.:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865614471/Who-are-the-Kurds.html   Please note that the Kurds are, overwhelmingly, Muslim.  The strife between them and their (likewise overwhelmingly Muslim) neighbors is seldom if ever religiously motivated.   Posted from Oslo, Norway [Read More…]

“What is the Earliest Evidence for Life on Earth?”

    http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2016/08/the_earliest_evidence_for_life_on_earth.html   It used to be assumed, more or less, that, if you simply threw enough time at the problem of the origin of life on Earth, that puzzle would effectively solve itself.  After all, given random chance and enough time, essentially anything is possible, right?   Now, we’re finding that life appeared [Read More…]

Reflections on the riots in Milwaukee

    “What Riots are Good For: Pay Up, or Else”   “In liberal logic, if life is unfair then the answer is to turn more tax money over to politicians, to spend in ways that will increase their chances of getting reelected.”  (Thomas Sowell)   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

“Examining the Book of Mormon text: Scholars present findings”

    The Deseret News reports on the recent FairMormon presentation by Drs. Royal Skousen and Stanford Carmack:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865660332/Examining-the-Book-of-Mormon-text-Scholars-present-findings.html?pg=all   This is some of the most subtly interesting (and potentially momentous) Book of Mormon research that I’ve seen in quite a long time.   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

A leading Israeli newspaper notes the question of Utah, Mormon voters, and Trump

    “In Utah, Trump Leaves Voters Scrambling to Settle for an Alternative Candidate”   The same newspaper, Haaretz, ran this article a few days ago:   “Trump’s Immigration Tests for Muslims Recall Disturbing Echoes for American Jews”   Pat Bagley has given us a nice cartoon in the Tribune that illustrates something of the [Read More…]

A good kind of envy

    “It’s OK to be envious – but only of the person you aspire to become.”  (Rolf Dobelli)   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

“This is a Woman’s Church”

    Sharon Eubank, director of LDS Charities, spoke for FairMormon near Göteborg, Sweden, back in June.  Her remarks are now available online.   Posted from Oslo, Norway       [Read more…]