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?

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

Posted by in Misc, Politics on 26. Mar, 2016 | 1 Comment

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.

Moses Never Encountered Another Primate

Posted by in Religion, Science on 19. Feb, 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.

The Difference Between Science and Religion Isn’t the Individuals

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

Primatologist Frans de Waal considers whether there are any substantive behavioral differences in the way of thinking between religious people and scientists, ultimately rejecting any such claim. He reasons that no individual is exempt from cognitive biases, and that the true significant differences between the theories of religion and science stem from the culture and […]