Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

You make your choice and you take your consequences

August 05th, 2017 by Vader

From a very old friend who is now an infectious diseases specialist:

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August 05th, 2017 19:17:01

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 7

July 18th, 2017 by Vader

In my last post, I proposed some axioms to guide legislators in formulatings laws that are likely establish civil liberty in a free society.

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July 18th, 2017 12:17:26

A Darn Tough Bullet to Chew

June 21st, 2017 by G.

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June 21st, 2017 14:51:16

Free ebook: Lost Skills of the 19th Century.

June 05th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Free for a day or so at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Skills-19th-Century-practical-ebook/dp/B06X93ZLHJ

This is in Kindle format. Free Kindle reading apps are available for Windows, ios, and Android.

The title struck me as very Junior Ganymede-ish.  The bit on how to cook a buffalo hump in the “traditional manner” sounded even Pecos Bill-ish.

This book contains mere snippets from a wide selection of free online source material.  Links are given to the full publications. Therefore it will be a multi-step process to get the particulars.

Yee-Haw, pardners.

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June 05th, 2017 17:06:19

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 5

June 04th, 2017 by Vader

In my last post, I digressed from the main thread of my exploration of the definition of freedom to explore some interesting aspects of schools as institutions that can promote or hinder the exercise of freedom. That side thread has generated some interesting discussion, and I mean to come back to it again. But, for now, I want to get back onto the main thread of my exploration.

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June 04th, 2017 14:40:56

Death and Glory

May 29th, 2017 by G.

This link between memory and prospection has emerged in research showing that people with damage to the brain’s medial temporal lobe lose memories of past experiences as well as the ability to construct rich and detailed simulations of the future. Similarly, studies of children’s development show that they’re not able to imagine future scenes until they’ve gained the ability to recall personal experiences, typically somewhere between the ages of 3 and 5.

-via Isegoria

Memorial Day is a day for looking backwards and honoring the dead. It also reminds us of our own death. In acknowledging the sacrifice of the dead, we remember our own foregone opportunities for sacrifice and wonder for what future sacrifices it is that God has prolonged our lives beyond theirs.

Memorial Day is about the dead and honor. Death and glory. A holiday more alien to the spirit of The Current Year is hard to imagine.

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May 29th, 2017 08:04:02

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 4

May 24th, 2017 by Vader

In the previous posts of this series, I developed a definition of freedom as the ability to make meaningful and consequential decisions; briefly discussed the three key concepts in this definition (ability, meaningfulness, and consequence); and described liberty as the set of social constructs we erect to sustain freedom.

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May 24th, 2017 14:44:16

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 3

May 15th, 2017 by Vader

In the first part of this series of posts, I proposed a definition of freedom as the ability to make meaningful and consequential choices. I offered some explanation of the three elements of this definition, namely: ability, meaningfulness, and consequence. In the second part of this series of posts, I reflected on the significance of freedom as a gift from God, pointed out that there is strong opposition to freedom, and described liberty as the set of social and legal constructs we are duty-bound to erect and sustain to protect and enhance freedom.

In this post, I will discuss some of the aspects of liberty that support the second element of freedom, namely, meaningfulness.

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May 15th, 2017 05:19:17

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 2

May 08th, 2017 by Vader

The first part of this series of posts proposed a definition of freedom: Freedom is the ability to make meaningful and consequential choices. There I suggested that ability implied a free will, understood as a first cause capable of initiating new causal chains. Meaningful choices are ones which can be made rationally between distinguishable alternatives. Consequential choices are ones that have lasting significance. I further proposed that, in the divine scheme of things, lasting significance implies an eternal Judgment of those choices. Reconciling these attributes of freedom with the omniscience, omnipotence, and benevolence of God requires that the causal chains generated by choices exist in a sphere significant to God, but in which He chooses not to exercise His full omnipotence, and which is bounded by His taking the causal chains arising from evil choices into Himself, in the person of the Son, via the Atonement.

In this post, I summarize my understanding of why freedom is a gift from an benevolent God, why it is precious, and  how this understanding informs our approach to liberty, here defined as the social and legal constructs that arise from our understanding of freedom and its worth.

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May 08th, 2017 05:15:20

Notes towards a definition of freedom

May 02nd, 2017 by Vader

A summary of my understanding of freedom and its problems, based in part on things I have long understood and in part on recent insights gained at this blog.

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May 02nd, 2017 13:19:13

Highschoolocracy

April 06th, 2017 by G.

The Bloomsbury Group was just as worthless and mean as you’ve always imagined.

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April 06th, 2017 09:50:27

You go, brother

March 20th, 2017 by Vader

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March 20th, 2017 14:08:30

What We Can Learn from the Saints about the Benedict Option

February 27th, 2017 by G.

Last year a professor friend of mine let me know that Rod Dreher was looking for some Mormon sources for his Benedict Option book and would I mind talking to him.  I said sure, he passed on my info and told me Dreher was going to be out in my neck of the woods soon and would meet me there.  I begged leaved to doubt it–no one is ever in my neck of the woods, I live in the back of beyond–but just in case I scribbled some notes.  In the event, we never met.

But the book is being published soon and Dreher has just posted about a Mormon response to it.  Check it out.  So I’m going to post my notes.  Comments fleshing them out will be in italics. (more…)

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February 27th, 2017 06:57:17

Too Young to Work

February 20th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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February 20th, 2017 07:21:18

May the Saints be as Silver … Indium, Cadmium and Boron

January 27th, 2017 by Zen

“I fear America has attained critical mass: an unstoppable process of reciprocally escalating outrage & disgust, justified via social media”
Thus Jonathan Haidt via twitter

And is what job of the Saints and the Righteous of every denomination? It is to oppose contention and the spirit of the devil. Or in other words, to act as the control rods of society, keeping things as sub-critical as possible, which is the function of silver, indium, cadmium and boron in a nuclear reactor.

If the time comes that the Saints must leave the rest of society, or if they are driven out, then critical mass has most certainly been attained.

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