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The Terrible Toll of a Low-Information Society

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

There’s a good chance the hospitals in the US are brought to their knees in the next 10 days. There are still plenty of friends and family of mine posting jokes and comments on social media about COVID-19 that indicate they aren’t taking it seriously. Many of these people are the types that consume Fox […]

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Is Science Always Subject to Revision?

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

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

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Boyd K. Packer: Prepare for a Long Life

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

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

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How Pashtuns Treat Refugees

Posted in Religion on Mar 6, 2019 | No Comments Yet

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

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Leveling Up – A Priesthood Analogy for Deacons

Posted in Religion on Dec 30, 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.

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What is Spanish? A linguist’s perspective

Posted in Misc on Jul 17, 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.

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Young Trevor Noah on God’s Will

Posted in Religion on Aug 5, 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.

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What Research Shows About How Selfish We Are

Posted in Science on Jun 29, 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?

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Antonio Banderas Speaks Out on the Need for Latino Unity and How the U.S. Facilitates It

Posted in Misc, Politics on Mar 26, 2016 | No Comments Yet

Antonio Banderas received a Platino Award last year in a ceremony in Marbella, Spain. The actor took the chance to call for more Latino unity across Spanish-speaking countries as well as to recognize that the United States is where he has ironically seen the Latino best come together.

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Moses Never Encountered Another Primate

Posted in Religion, Science on Feb 19, 2016 | No Comments Yet

Yet another snippet from primatologist Frans de Waal’s book, in which he offers an interesting hypothesis about why some religious traditions struggle with the theory of evolution.

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