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Evolutionary Adaptation and the Mormon Prophets, Part I

October 17th, 2014 by G.


When I was a kid, bloating loomed pretty large in my mental landscape. We had ten acres of alfalfa, a milk cow, and several beef cattle, and we had to worry a lot about keeping the cattle from getting in to the alfalfa in the summer, or about chasing them out once they had got in. Because if they were allowed to, they would eat and eat the fresh, green alfalfa until their stomachs bloated up with methane gas and they died.

I saw a neighbor’s cow die of it. She was collapsed on the ground, her sides was bloated up like a balloon and she was fighting weakly to breath, and then she stopped. My dad saved our own cow when she got bloat. We found her in the field, where she shouldn’t be, staggering and distended. My dad came out with a hollow tube that was sharp at one end. My uncle steadied her while my dad stabbed the tube hard into her side. Green slime and gas exploded out.  It all made quite an impression on my young mind. I was somber about bloating, the way little kids can be when they are trying on being serious.

That all came back to mind recently. I am looking into getting livestock of my own in a small way. Most varieties of domestic animal I consider, the authorities warn that they are prone to overeating or overdrinking this or that, with the result that they die. Cattle aren’t the only animals that can satisfy themselves to death. (more…)

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October 17th, 2014 12:05:23

Participating in the Creation

October 16th, 2014 by Zen

Humanity has changed much of Nature for the better. Dogs and cats often get along and serve us in their own way. Horses bear us around (they were not always capable of that, even in biblical times) and cattle provide milk and meat. Likewise, we have sheep, goats and pigs that are little like their wild counterparts. But some of the most interesting change, is seen in the vegetable kingdom.  Nature is no ideal Eden without Adam & Eve making improvements.

artificial-natural-watermelon1 artificial-natural-corn1 artificial-natural-peach2


t/p  James Kennedy Monash   blog 

Watermelon and Corn


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October 16th, 2014 15:40:19

Some books by Hugh Nibley.

October 16th, 2014 by Bookslinger

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October 16th, 2014 14:43:38

The Contradiction of Celebrity

October 14th, 2014 by G.



It’s no mystery why a world that rejects the nameless virtue would reject heroes. At first glance, its no mystery why that same world would embrace celebrities. (more…)

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October 14th, 2014 09:00:13

No Hypocrites, No Heroes, No Humble Worship

October 09th, 2014 by G.


One kind of creativity is making unexpected connections. Wodehouse excelled at this kind of creativity. I just read where Fink-Nottle, on a vegan diet, started weeping at a sunset, because the color reminded him of a nice, underdone slice of beef.

Most of my creativity comes to me second hand. Providence makes the connections for me. “Look on this picture, and on this,” Providence says, and all I have to do is look, and think. (more…)

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October 09th, 2014 12:15:26

Elder Robbins, Ad Orientem

October 07th, 2014 by G.


Catholic traditionalists don’t like the newfangled approach where the priest faces the congregation while he undergoes the rite of the mass. (It used to be the priest faced away from the congregation, to the east, ad orientem.) The mass, they say, is a rite of worship. The congregation isn’t worshipping the priest and the priest isn’t worshipping the congregation, ergo, they shouldn’t be gawking at each other. They also say that the mass is a sacrifice. To whom is the priest sacrificing? Not to the congregation, surely. Thus Catholic traditionalists.

There has never been anything Mormon parallel to the ad orientem issue. Until this General Conference. (more…)

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October 07th, 2014 08:10:22

Blessed be the Yarns that Bind

October 06th, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life (more…)

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October 06th, 2014 07:50:27

Conference Live Blog 4

October 05th, 2014 by Vader

(In case you were wondering, the reason I did not live blog the Priesthood session is simply that I felt it more appropriate to attend at our chapel, and I have no portable blogging device.)

Sunday afternoon session. President Eyring conducts. (more…)

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October 05th, 2014 14:03:03

Conference Live Blog 3

October 05th, 2014 by Vader

Sunday morning session. President Uchdorf conducting.


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October 05th, 2014 10:07:28

Conference Live Blog 2

October 04th, 2014 by Vader

President Uchdorf presides. (more…)

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October 04th, 2014 15:54:28

Conference Live Blog

October 04th, 2014 by Vader

I’m going to lovingly and respectfully poke a thumb in Adam’s eye and write some notes about conference. Mostly for the selfish reason that taking notes has always helped me better absorb oral presentations.  (more…)

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October 04th, 2014 11:50:38

Dan Peterson’s Merry Band of Impromptu Scripture Commentators, Part IV

October 03rd, 2014 by Bertie

If you don’t mind my saying so, us scripture wonks have been wonking away like nobody’s business. We don’t positively demand your gratitude. But a simple “well done, Wooster et al.!” would not come amiss. (more…)

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October 03rd, 2014 14:24:09

Imperfect but Pleasing: Juxtapositions VI

October 02nd, 2014 by G.

Nephi admits that his writings on the plates aren’t perfect. He pulls the old “I’m only human” excuse:

Nevertheless, I do not write anything upon plates save it be that I think it be sacred. And now, if I do err, even did they err of old; not that I would excuse myself because of other men, but because of the weakness which is in me, according to the flesh, I would excuse myself.

1 Nephi 19:6

He also says that his imperfect writings please God.

And I engraved that which is pleasing unto God. And if my people are pleased with the things of God they will be pleased with mine engravings which are upon these plates.

2 Nephi 5:32

It is said that God loves us for our potential. In other words, He loves us for who we might become. That is so. But He also loves us for who we are as we struggle to become.

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October 02nd, 2014 10:00:55

The Power to Hurt God

October 01st, 2014 by G.

Bruce Charlton has written an essay that I regard as an instant classic. It treats what Mormonism reveals about the true depths and temptations of evil. It is the best kind of theology: deep without being difficult–fundamental–plain–simple. (more…)

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October 01st, 2014 09:36:50

the Minor Prophet Sturgeon

September 30th, 2014 by G.

Eureka!  Another way that won't work!

Eureka! Another way that won’t work!


Sturgeon’s Law: Ninety Percent of Everything is Crap.

All too true, really. But why is that?  We should strongly suspect, in fact we should believe, that the 90% is necessary to the 10%. The road to heaven is paved with repented errors. (more…)

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September 30th, 2014 12:05:33