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.

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.

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?

The Legalization of Gay Marriage: An Opportunity to Reinvent Ourselves

Posted by in Religion on 30. Jun, 2015 | 1 Comment

This Supreme Court ruling is a gift. It’s a chance for us to change our strategy and direction.

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 […]

Do Religious Truths Need to be Boldly Defended?

Posted by in Religion on 29. Mar, 2015 | No Comments Yet

General Young Women’s President Bonnie Oscarson, in her recent conference address, challenged listeners to “boldy defend” the family proclamation. But does spiritual truth really need a bold defense?

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.

Quietly Celebrating the Civil Rights Victory of My Generation

Posted by in Politics, Religion on 20. Dec, 2014 | No Comments Yet

I think we’re missing out on a very important conversation as families and neighbors. Future generations will ask us about the civil rights movement of our day, and what will we tell them? Will we remember it? Will we learn from it?