The Paralysis of Knowledge

Posted by in Misc on 21. Nov, 2013 | No Comments Yet

Is knowledge really that dangerous? Are the little worlds that each one of our mortal brains have constructed really that fragile?

How Not to Win the Hearts of Religious Folk

Posted by in Politics, Religion on 29. Jun, 2013 | No Comments Yet

This new atheist monument seems too much about settling scores and not enough about furthering the freedom of (non)religion and the cause of open discourse.

Don’t You Dare Bury Me

Posted by in Misc, Science on 30. Mar, 2013 | No Comments Yet

When I die, I’ve often thought that I’d love to be involved in a grand display of some kind. We spend so much money on funerals, so why do they have to be so boring and uninventive? With that much money, I’d hope for something unique and spectacular. But isn’t that ultimately a waste?

A Response to President Dalton

Posted by in Religion on 21. Jan, 2013 | No Comments Yet

Reassuringly, my concern with President Dalton’s recent address is not unique. It instantly set off a widespread flurry of blog posts from all around the Mormon corner of the Internet. Here’s mine.

Baby Blessings, Feminism, and Worldviews

Posted by in Being Dad, Religion on 14. Jan, 2013 | No Comments Yet

Mormon baby blessings are a wonderful ritual, but what does it mean if even a feminist like me overlooked simple and obvious ways to include my wife?

Finding Solace After the Newtown Tragedy

Posted by in Religion on 21. Dec, 2012 | No Comments Yet

As my wife and I wept while we watched the news coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, I felt so frustrated that there probably wasn’t anything resembling an obvious or simple solution to this problem. I also felt deeply pained by the spiritual implications. One anecdote shared by a journalist that night made an […]

Avoiding Shady Sales Pitches When Proselyting

Posted by in Religion on 10. Nov, 2012 | No Comments Yet

When the person who’s selling a solution is the same person who’s looking for the problem, there’s a huge conflict of interest: even the honest preacher will be tempted to distort or exaggerate the problem.

Bringing Useful Stats into Soccer

Posted by in Misc, Technology on 14. Oct, 2012 | No Comments Yet

I take a look at how cool new technology might open up sports like soccer to a new world of statistical analysis.

Mindy Smith: Clear-voiced Cantante

Posted by in Music on 13. Oct, 2012 | No Comments Yet

This fall my wife and I hit Salt Lake City for a concert at The State Room. The main act was an artist we’ve both followed since her excellent debut album in 2004: Mindy Smith.

Obama Forgets About Romney’s Etch-A-Sketch

Posted by in Politics on 13. Oct, 2012 | No Comments Yet

In the first debate between Romney and Obama, Romney walked out with a historic win. Obama was underprepared and unfocused. But I want to explore another factor that hurt him deeply: he forgot about Romney’s Etch-A-Sketch.