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.

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.

Book Review: Patrick Mason’s Planted

Posted by in Religion on 23. Jan, 2016 | 1 Comment

If I were to compile a list of all the things my fringe Mormon friends and I wish our traditional counterparts understood about us, this book addresses them all. If you’re seeking to understand a Mormon family member or friend who doesn’t really fit in the church, or if you are the one who doesn’t […]

Mormonism’s Heaven > Other Heavens

Posted by in Religion on 10. Aug, 2015 | No Comments Yet

The standard western concept of heaven is boring, and everyone knows it. Why not consider a version that aims higher?

Sometimes Kids Learn the Wrong Lesson

Posted by in Being Dad on 11. May, 2015 | No Comments Yet

My toddler was playing on her playhouse tonight. As she is wont to do, she performed increasingly risky physical stunts. Her innerĀ Evel Knievel was breaking free to the surface. Hilariously, she began telling herself repeatedly, “Be careful. Don’t fall. Be careful. Don’t fall.” At first, I thought this was some kind of attempt to assure […]

Learning How to Decipher Real Science from Pseudo-science

Posted by in Science on 01. Feb, 2015 | No Comments Yet

On matters of science, there are certain hot topics that get debated all the time. How am I to know who’s right? I’m not a scientist, after all, and it seems hard to tell which side, if any, has the credible arguments.

The Proverbial Elephant, Non-overlapping Magisteria, and Gifts of the Spirit

Posted by in Religion on 08. Oct, 2014 | 1 Comment

I can’t help but laugh at the ridiculous title of this post, but I swear to you that I tie all the ideas together.

What Programming Language Should You Learn First?

Posted by in Technology on 22. Sep, 2014 | No Comments Yet

It’s a question that’s been answered innumerable times by people far more experienced and knowledgeable than I, but I’ll chip in one thing to consider: pick a language in a domain that interests you.

Harper’s Little Magenta Coat

Posted by in Being Dad on 11. May, 2014 | No Comments Yet

The other day, I saw my daughter’s little magenta coat lying on the bed. I was caught off guard by the number of vivid thoughts that suddenly flooded my mind as a result of just seeing Harper’s coat.

Playing the “Sacred” Card

Posted by in Religion on 07. Apr, 2014 | No Comments Yet

The LDS Church PR department has played the “sacred” card in response to Ordain Women. Does this move unintentionally reveal their hand?