Science and Religion

Brain Injuries and Free Agency

August 18, 2014
Brain Injuries and Free Agency

Nearly everyone has been heart-broken over the news of Robin Williams. In recent days, we have discovered that Williams not only had been suffering with depression for years, but also was recently diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. Because of Williams death, physicians are being advised to more aggressively treat patients for depression that have been diagnosed […]

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Posted in Agency, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Prophet, Science and Religion | 7 Comments »

Adam: The Mother of all Living?

June 12, 2014
Adam:  The Mother of all Living?

As I was listening to the endowment ceremony, one thing struck me.  Of course it is in the Bible, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to notice this.  We all know that according to the Bible, Adam was created first, out of dirt.  When Eve was created, however, a rib from […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion, Women | 23 Comments »

British Judge Blasts Tom Phillips

March 20, 2014
British Judge Blasts Tom Phillips

The Deseret News is reporting that a British judge has rejected Tom Phillips’ lawsuit against the Church, and called the lawsuit “an abuse of the process of the court.”  Tom’s lawsuit alleged that the Church committed fraud because it lies about its origins in order to obtain tithing receipts. “I am satisfied that the process […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Science and Religion, Truth. Lying | 17 Comments »

The Circumstance of Evil

March 3, 2014
The Circumstance of Evil

We would like to think that we would always choose good over evil, but is that always the case? This is part 3 of my series on a documentary, The Science of Evil.  In Part 1, I discussed Jeffrey’s Dahmer and his baptism.  In Part 2, we discussed whether there is a soul, or whether […]

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Posted in Agency, Book of Mormon, Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews, Science and Religion, Violence | 6 Comments »

How do we Define the Science of Evil?

February 24, 2014
How do we Define the Science of Evil?

I wanted to continue my series on a National Geographic documentary, The Science of Evil.  (A few days ago, I discussed serial killer Jeffrey’s Dahmer, and his baptism in jail following his horrific murders.)  In this post, researchers at Harvard and Princeton try to see how the brain processes moral judgment.  But how do we […]

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Posted in Agency, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 16 Comments »

Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

December 23, 2013
Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

Last year we introduced two new Bloggernacle awards:  (1) The Wheaties, and (2) the Tarefic Awards!  As we approach the end of the year, it is time to look back on the best and worst of 2013.  Start your nominations!  We want to highlight YOU and your favorite 2013 Mormon blogs, and we are pleased to […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Reviews, Science and Religion, Sunday School | 90 Comments »

Global Warming as a Religion

August 5, 2013
Global Warming as a Religion

I just finished SuperFreakonomics, the sequel to Freakonomics.  It’s an entertaining book that I highly recommend.  In chapter 5, they discussed whether global warming is even a threat, and took on both conservatives and environmentalists. the movement to stop global warming has taken on the feel of a religion.  The core belief is that humankind […]

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Posted in Politics, Reviews, Science and Religion, Technology | 14 Comments »

It’s Not Always Discrimination

July 29, 2013
It’s Not Always Discrimination

There has been much made of the apparent pay discrepancies between men and women.  At the recent Miss America Pageant, Nene Leakes posed the question, A recent report shows that in 40% of American families with children women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men.  What does this say about […]

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Posted in Mormon, Reviews, Science and Religion | 25 Comments »

DOMA Arigato, But No Thanks!

June 26, 2013
DOMA Arigato, But No Thanks!

“DOMA undermines both the public and private significance of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages; for it tells those couples, and all the world, that their otherwise valid marriages are unworthy of federal recognition. This places same-sex couples in an unstable position of being in a second-tier marriage. The differentiation demeans the couple, whose moral and sexual choices […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Pride, Science and Religion | 140 Comments »

Remapping the Eternal Family

March 8, 2013
Remapping the Eternal Family

Human brains naturally use locations in space and time to make sense of events. Why should we expect eternal spirits to follow that protocol? The question has always bothered me. What follows is speculation about a different way of looking at the relationship between the physical and the spiritual than the Restoration faiths adopted in […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Race Relations, Science and Religion | 32 Comments »

‘What Salt Tastes Like’: An LDS Psychology of Spiritual Feelings

February 27, 2013
‘What Salt Tastes Like’: An LDS Psychology of Spiritual Feelings

In a futile attempt to answer President Packer, this post will address the feeling of the Spirit via psychology and affective neuroscience.

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Posted in Faith, Mormon, Science and Religion | 12 Comments »

What the Heck is Religion, if not Reality?

January 30, 2013
What the Heck is Religion, if not Reality?

Dawkins: delusion. Freud: illusion. James: intuition. Jung: incontrovertible experience of an intensely personal, reciprocal relationship with an extramundane authority.

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Posted in Faith, Science and Religion | 17 Comments »

Predictable Natural Law – Part 2

November 24, 2012
Predictable Natural Law – Part 2

In my last post on natural law, I focused on how changing minor “precepts” might make tremendous impacts on our theological understandings. I used cosmological models from general relativity to illustrate the point. Today, I want to look at things a little less, well, cosmically,  and review how changing scientific “precepts” over the last few […]

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Posted in America, Doctrine, economics, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Science and Religion | 11 Comments »

Predictable Natural Law – Part 1

November 10, 2012
Predictable Natural Law – Part 1

Mormonism comes with its own science. So does any brand of mainstream Christianity, but many such Christians are unaware of how their creeds embed the assumptions of the “scientists” and mathematicians of antiquity. They can consequently perform a mental jujitsu of preserving the religious idea as metaphor for modern times while ignoring the fact that […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 13 Comments »

Apologies & Disavowals

September 18, 2012
Apologies & Disavowals

A recent Huffington Post article discussed the difficulty the Mormon church has in making an official apology for the Priesthood Ban, and according to the article, the reason is not racism.  This will come as no surprise to most Mormons who are not racist but hesitate to completely throw revered prophets and church leaders under […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Science and Religion | 19 Comments »

Reflections on “Blowing Up the World”

August 18, 2012
Reflections on “Blowing Up the World”

I have been personally (and later professionally) interested in the extent to which mathematics could help forecast historical trends ever since I read the fiction of Isaac Asimov way back in the 1960′s. When I shared my first office at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory with a staff meteorologist working on air quality dispersion […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Freedom, Israel, Morality, Science and Religion, Violence | 17 Comments »

Meet Your Internal Saboteurs

June 26, 2012
Meet Your Internal Saboteurs

I recently read about a book called Positive Intelligence.  (Clearly if I were more of a stickler, I would have actually read the book and not just about it.)  For those of you familiar with Emotional Intelligence, this is a slightly more accessible related assessment, one that has more to do with identifying the self-sabotaging […]

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Posted in Agency, Mormon Culture, Science and Religion | 22 Comments »

East vs. West: What Is Right Action?

May 8, 2012
East vs. West:  What Is Right Action?

As an American living in Asia, I often encounter cultural disconnects.  A peer or friend will make a comment that is so obviously based on assumptions or values I don’t share that I realize that my own values and assumptions must sound equally foreign to them. A few months ago, one of my co-workers in […]

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Posted in Agency, economics, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Science and Religion, understanding | 34 Comments »

The Childists vs. the Helicopter Parents

May 1, 2012
The Childists vs. the Helicopter Parents

Are Americans childist, disregarding the needs of children in favor of parents’ needs, or helicopter parents, hovering over our children to make sure they get everything to which we deem they are “entitled” – from turns at bat to Easter eggs to good grades in school?  Either way, are Americans becoming the worst parents in the world, […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Science and Religion | 8 Comments »

Recognizing the Veil Is Not There

April 14, 2012
Recognizing the Veil Is Not There

Community of Christ does not follow its LDS cousins in having secret temple rituals. So I read last week’s post by Bored in Vernal, on the “Sacred Embrace As Five Points of Fellowship” with the curiosity of one who has never even been inside an LDS Temple. Much of the terminology was unfamiliar to me […]

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Posted in Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 16 Comments »

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