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Evolutionary Adaptation and the Prophets: Courtship

November 16th, 2015 by G.

Sex selection is a big thing in evolution.  Why does the peacock have a gaudy, useless tail?  The only reason we can think of is that drab little peahens like the macho display.  The tail says, “look at me!  I’m (bird)man enough to survive and thrive while carrying all this useless junk around.”  So generation after generation the drab little peahens flock around the guys with the biggest tail and cluck over his eggs, and so generation after generation the little male peachicks are the ones with the genes for the biggest tails.  So every generation the pea race gets bigger tails, tempered only by the fact that, you know, a lot of the peacocks sporting big tails probably get eaten.

That’s the theory anyway.  It’s the best explanation we can come up with for features that otherwise don’t make sense. (more…)

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November 16th, 2015 06:41:19

Too Proud to Play

August 12th, 2015 by G.

Elders’ Quorum this Sunday was Ezra Taft Benson on pride. He didn’t offer just one definition of pride. He offered several. Too big of a sin for soundbites. (more…)

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August 12th, 2015 09:30:19

Brother Dylan

May 13th, 2014 by Jeeves

Whatever comfort gentlemen may take in knowing that Bob Dylan and Stephen Webb admire Joseph Smith, they are at liberty to take it.

Artists are like prophets in that they have a special gift that transcends their particular identity. Joseph Smith’s teachings, for example, were too original and inspiring to be reduced to the inner workings of his subjective self. Smith, like Dylan, was a product of transfiguration.

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May 13th, 2014 11:42:09

The Costs of Discipleship

April 15th, 2014 by G.

Elder Holland is pitching it strong and true.

The road leading to the promised land “flowing with milk and honey” of necessity runs by way of Mount Sinai, flowing with “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots.”

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April 15th, 2014 09:27:56

General Conference October 2013

October 17th, 2013 by G.

These are transcriptions of my notes from General Conference with the doodling and idle doggerels left out. All quotations guaranteed to be aphoristic, if not accurate. Summaries are italicized.  The unquoted, unitalicized parts are my own additions. (more…)

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October 17th, 2013 12:13:07

“Told you so”

April 07th, 2013 by Vader

At last, an explanation for Satan’s motives.       (more…)

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April 07th, 2013 16:30:45

Living prophets versus “future prophets.”

March 06th, 2013 by Bookslinger

A hat tip to J. Max Wilson and Bruce Nielson. J. Max elaborates on Bruce’s articulation here, and here. I hereby bestow my “A Daniel!” award on both brethren. Same article at both links, different comments.

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March 06th, 2013 09:39:46