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Human Capital

June 06th, 2017 by G.

And I thought that by the same analogy I could say that the value of a country depends upon the value of its people and that it will rise or decline according to the desires of its people.

-thus Charles Didier.

Human capital is the only sort of capital that matters much, especially from a gospel perspective. (more…)

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June 06th, 2017 05:45:35

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

The Ages of Mormon Man

June 05th, 2017 by G.

one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

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Shakespeare had his ages of Man.  The Gospel also has its stages for Man.  Faith. Repentance.  Baptism.  The Gift of the Holy Ghost.  Endure to the End.

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June 05th, 2017 11:01:57

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

The Stapledon Problem in Mormonism

June 02nd, 2017 by G.

The best essay I read all week.

Here is a choice bit:

This view of God is pretty radical, and it seems to envision God as basically a super-advanced sentient being, which is (ironically) the kind of God that even someone like notorious atheist Richard Dawkins could theoretically envision. . . .

This kind of God—the one that seems to be implied by President Snow and that even Dawkins would grudgingly concede is theoretically plausible—is radically different from the God of historical Christianity, which Hugh Nibley has derisively referred to as “the God of philosophers.” That kind of God—the one “we need to explain the origin of the universe” would have to be the “unmoved mover” (to plunder Aristotle).

The trouble is, we believe in that kind of God, too. In the very same session, Elder L. Tom Perry spoke eloquently about this kind of God. Not one who perfectly follows the laws of nature, but a God who decides the laws of nature.

I’m glad the Gospel sacrifices easy logical consistency in favor of being true to life. I run across the human-scale intimate God all the time in my life, and the immeasurably vast one, and, yes, they are the same being.

Here’s another:

First, I do think it’s a bit silly to criticize people for praying to find their lost car keys. . . . If we’re talking about the author of the universe, then the difference between praying for your car keys and—not to be too blunt about it—praying for your life seem like a rounding error.

Amen. I don’t know why, but those almost seem like the kinds of prayers He likes best.

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June 02nd, 2017 05:03:33

The Grace of Consequences

May 31st, 2017 by G.

There’s a talk by L. Tom Perry in the Sunday afternoon session of the April 1976 general conference that anyone who is interested in our recent posts on freedom and agency should also be interested in. We’ve been saying that consequences are keys to agency. No consequences, no agency. Brother Perry taught that too, but as one having authority.

Brother Perry spends a lot of time talking about the orderliness of creation and the predictability of divine law, without which meaningful choice of meaningful consequences would be impossible. He teaches that our choices ultimately have to be anchored or oriented towards that divine order, because it is only that order that makes them possible in the first place. To choose against that order is to embrace self-contradiction.

Here’s a line relevant to some of our recent discussions on educating for freedom:

Because all that they would ever need had been supplied them, it was now possible to hold them accountable for their mortal performance.

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May 31st, 2017 07:30:17

Work we Must, but the Lunch is Free

May 31st, 2017 by Zen

Vader’s recent post on agency and education got me thinking about one of my favorite books, Approaching Zion, by the inestimable Hugh Nibley, and in particular, the chapter entitled Work we must, but the Lunch is Free. 

Imagine this world is our education, our school and that lunch is merely those we need to live.


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May 31st, 2017 00:53:02

His Beloved

May 30th, 2017 by G.

The missionaries and sundry other people were over last night. The missionaries recited the Father’s introduction of Christ in 3 Nephi 11:

Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.

They asked us to imagine that we were being introduced by God. What would He say? We talked about it. Our intros weren’t the same as the Son’s.

The missionaries said that in their opinion the first part would be the same.

“Behold my beloved son.”

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May 30th, 2017 05:01:59

The Kites and the Swans

May 26th, 2017 by G.

THE KITES of olden times, as well as the Swans, had the privilege
of song. But having heard the neigh of the horse, they were so
enchanted with the sound, that they tried to imitate it; and, in
trying to neigh, they forgot how to sing.

from Aesop’s Fables

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May 26th, 2017 11:44:01

Wise Manchester Commentary

May 26th, 2017 by G.

We are cowards. Because atheism doth make cowards of us all. Because not to be a coward requires a goal beyond the immediate . . . . People can only be brave when they have something to be brave about.

thus Bruce Charlton. Italicization added.

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May 26th, 2017 09:49:25

The Sky is Red and Lowring

May 26th, 2017 by G.

45 years since we went to the Moon.

Modern architecture.


Illegitimacy rates.

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May 26th, 2017 09:41:18

Settler Democracy

May 25th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

Another interesting internet poli sci: Three types of societies. Pioneer societies, marcher societies, and core societies. Pioneer societies are settler societies. Marcher societies are borderers. And core societies are the ones that are no longer marcher societies or settler societies. The theory is that pioneer societies are democratic, marcher societies are aristocratic, and core societies are monarchical/bureaucratic. (more…)

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May 25th, 2017 06:51:58

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


May 24th, 2017 by G.

Our own Lord Vader has been thinking carefully about agency and what it means for politics. See Notes 1, 2, and 3. It’s good stuff. The man breathes so heavily because his brain needs the oxygen.

I’ve been thinking a bit along the same lines. Must be something in the air.

Self-government famously requires a responsible people.

Our current form of self-government is democracy and has been for awhile.

Democracy has some problems. One of them is that while it relies on having a responsible people voting, it does nothing to teach that responsibility. In fact, the democratic form pushes against responsibility. The thrifty farmer gets the same vote as the gambler and the drunk. (more…)

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May 24th, 2017 12:46:09

The Honest Man

May 23rd, 2017 by G.

More and more, honesty is not a virtue our society prizes but fails to live.  More and more, it is a virtue that we reject as for dupes.  And more and more, it is.

What I failed to realize when I was younger is that honesty is a societal virtue.  It is a virtue whose purpose and sense is in relation to society at large. (more…)

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May 23rd, 2017 07:30:10