The Terrible Toll of a Low-Information Society

Posted by in Misc, Science on 14. Mar, 2020 | No Comments Yet

We went from the Information Age to the Misinformation Age some time ago, and it’s apparent that hoards of people have no substantive sense of how to distinguish which pieces of information are credible from those that aren’t.

Is Science Always Subject to Revision?

Posted by in Science on 13. Jan, 2020 | No Comments Yet

Isaac Asimov addresses a misconception of what it means that scientific knowledge is always subject to revision.

Boyd K. Packer: Prepare for a Long Life

Posted by in Religion on 15. Nov, 2019 | No Comments Yet

A couple of statements from Elder Packer encouraging youth to shun worries about the end of the world.

Saints: My Review

Posted by in Religion on 31. May, 2019 | No Comments Yet

My review of Saints: The Standard of Truth, the LDS Church’s recent publication on its early history.

How Pashtuns Treat Refugees

Posted by in Religion on 06. Mar, 2019 | No Comments Yet

Learning about the astonishing generosity of Pashtun people towards refugees puts the United States to shame.

Leveling Up – A Priesthood Analogy for Deacons

Posted by in Religion on 30. Dec, 2018 | No Comments Yet

Comparing priesthood ordination with “leveling up” a character in a video game is a fun little way to frame priesthood ordination for incoming deacons.

What is Spanish? A linguist’s perspective

Posted by in Misc on 17. Jul, 2018 | No Comments Yet

Linguist John McWhorter explaining why trying to create “tidy categories” of languages isn’t a good way of understanding how they work in reality. He uses Spanish and its many variants and related languages as an example.

Young Trevor Noah on God’s Will

Posted by in Religion on 05. Aug, 2017 | No Comments Yet

Trevor Noah shares a harrowing experience from his childhood in South Africa and disputes with his mother the role God’s will played in the event.

Saluting a Flag Doesn’t Make You Patriotic

Posted by in Politics on 15. Sep, 2016 | 1 Comment

Saluting a flag doesn’t make you patriotic. Standing for an anthem doesn’t either.

What Research Shows About How Selfish We Are

Posted by in Science on 29. Jun, 2016 | No Comments Yet

Free market capitalism often assumes a high degree of selfishness, and competing systems, such as socialism, often assume a degree of cooperation. But what does the research show?