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Science vs. Religion (Weekend Poll + Jokes)

March 22, 2014
Science vs. Religion (Weekend Poll + Jokes)

Science and religion walked into a bar . . . Joke 1:  How many atheists does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to actually change the bulb, and the other to videotape the job so fundamentalists won’t claim that god did it. Joke 2:  During the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

Global Warming: Disaster or Hoax? (Weekend Poll)

February 1, 2014
Global Warming: Disaster or Hoax? (Weekend Poll)

People are divided on the subject of global warming.  Where do you sit? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Education, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 17 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 »

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 »

Conjoined Twins: Lori and George Schappell

November 19, 2012
Conjoined Twins:  Lori and George Schappell

Lori and George Schappell are the oldest living craniopagus (joined at the head) twins.  The twin girls were born in 1961, and it was believed that they not only shared blood vessels in the brain, but also had a fused brain.  They share the frontal lobe of the brain, and scientists wondered if they might share […]

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Averting Human Extinction

November 14, 2012
Averting Human Extinction

Today’s guest poster is Tatiana, a crazy-cat-lady engineer entrepreneur scientist flexitarian mom wildlife-sanctuarian public-healthian global-developer pro-nuke feminist liberal Mormon. Averting Human Extinction party platform: There are 15 key points. Energy: Work with utility companies to aggressively move away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy including next-generation nuclear energy using reprocessed fuel. This will limit […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Politics, Uncategorized | 58 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 »

Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

June 9, 2012
Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

The Community of Christ has begun “crossing the Rubicon” on LGBT issues, and there can be no reversing the action taken. CofChrist is committed to the theological precedent that priesthood can be compatible with participation in a legally recognized same-sex sexual relationship. On June 2nd, the Australian National Conference approved the following recommendation to the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

Prince of Peace Dies Violent Death

April 2, 2012
Prince of Peace Dies Violent Death

There is a call on the bloggernacle to talk about peace with us this week.  With Easter upon us, I wanted to talk a bit about the death of the Prince of Peace, who died a violent, tortured death.  Traditional images of the Crucifixion look similar to this one (pictured on the right.)  National Geographic […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

A Solutrean Solution?

March 17, 2012
A Solutrean Solution?

Science knows that the Norse (Vikings) colonized Greenland a millennium ago, but the colony didn’t stick when colder temperatures returned following the Medieval Warm Period. Average daily temperatures in Greenland warmed about 3 degrees F before the plunge back into a Little Ice Age (which itself only ended well into the 19th Century) that forced […]

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Posted in America, Faith, History, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 22 Comments »

Diversity: Avoiding Pain is No Gain

March 3, 2012
Diversity: Avoiding Pain is No Gain

I still contend I was not being insensitive — just naive. I arrived on the East Coast in 1973 — freshly out of grad school — having been selected for the one job at John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab I’d wanted more than any other I’d even considered applying for. After my church had canonized […]

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Posted in Politics, understanding | 2 Comments »

A Letter to my Almost Prophet

February 15, 2012
A Letter to my Almost Prophet

This afternoon’s post is by guest author Childe Jake. His other posts can be seen here and here. His personal blog is at http://thejakefoyer.blogspot.com/. Dear Dr. Carl Sagan, In The Demon-Haunted World, you write of a struggle that took place in your heart over whether or not there is an afterlife. You preface this struggle by introducing readers […]

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Posted in Faith, Prophet, Science and Religion | 19 Comments »

Lessons From a Utopia (Dystopia)

January 4, 2012
Lessons From a Utopia (Dystopia)

I like dystopian novels. I think that if many of the ideals espoused by most people were executed to perfection the result would be captured by one of the many dystopian novels that have been written. I think this says something very important about ideals, paradox, uncertainty, and truth. I’ve been reading “Brave New World” […]

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Posted in Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Science and Religion, Violence | 18 Comments »

Reining in the Analyst

December 7, 2011
Reining in the Analyst

On August 6, 2009 I introduced myself to the bloggernacle with the introduction Unleashing the Analyst. A Personal Story. It is a story about me, my faith journey to that point, and some of the positions I had at that time. The real revelation in the story (even if only for myself) was the unboxing […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride | 34 Comments »

Sorenson, Siberian DNA, and Book of Mormon Directions

November 26, 2011
Sorenson, Siberian DNA, and Book of Mormon Directions

Like many people who consider the Book of Mormon as scripture, I am fascinated by questions about where it has a setting in ancient historical events. I know, of course, that many other people hold it as Scripture, but are content to see it as having no origin prior to a set of 19th Century visionary […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 48 Comments »

There Is More Than One Way to See the World

November 3, 2011
There Is More Than One Way to See the World

“The system that you are brought up with is the one that seems obvious – any others seem intuitively wrong, however rationally they may have been constructed.”

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Posted in History, Science and Religion | 7 Comments »

Balancing the Discussion: Miracles, Satan, and Church Programs

September 28, 2011
Balancing the Discussion: Miracles, Satan, and Church Programs

Last time I addressed the topic of our discussion in the church I talked about faith in Christ, and how we might shift our discussion from speculation on doctrines designed to create an emotional response to discussions about faith in our real lives. In perhaps a not too dissimilar vein, I’d like to talk about […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 33 Comments »

Science & Religion #15: Was Adam Part Neanderthal? (A DNA Primer)

September 28, 2011
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Several recent studies suggest that there is a good chance that Homo sapiens (us) mated with Neanderthals in the past?  Did Adam have Neanderthal DNA?  Do we?  What does this mean?  The next few posts in this series will discuss evolution, different species, time lines, etc.  In order to understand this better, this is a […]

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Posted in Science and Religion | 27 Comments »

Evolution vs. Creationism in Seminary

September 13, 2011
Evolution vs. Creationism in Seminary

My son’s recent experience in early morning seminary caused me to look a little more closely at the church’s stance (or perhaps lack thereof) on evolution.  While teaching about the book of Genesis, his teacher made a few claims: that she is not descended from monkeys that the earth is literally 6,000 years old that evolution contradicts the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, Science and Religion | 107 Comments »

Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence Part III

September 7, 2011
Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence Part III

In the last couple of posts (here, and here) I defined some terms relating to consciousness and artificial intelligence. Then in part II, I took a look at those topics from the point of view of philosophy and psychology. As I have examined the topics of philosophy of mind, and artificial intelligence I have learned there […]

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Posted in Science and Religion, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

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