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Charles H. Townes, plus some science news

1 month 2 weeks ago
    “At least this is the way I see it. I am a physicist. I also consider myself a Christian. As I try to understand the nature of our universe in these two modes of thinking, I see many commonalities and crossovers between science and religion. It seems logical that in the long run […]
Dan Peterson

Sir Richard Burton on Brigham Young

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Some of you might find this brief article interesting:   “Holy Envy: What One Muslim Woman Learned from Mormons about Centering Her Children in the Faith”   And, in something of the same spirit, there’s this:   “Holy Envy: A Mormon Learns to See by Jewish Lights”   ***   I’ll be doing […]
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Do you know your ABCs?

1 month 2 weeks ago
    I’m told that I find real scientists threatening and satanic.  But the truth is that, besides often finding their work very interesting, I also occasionally find them funny.  Here are a couple of specimens offered by Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona, in […]
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God is turned to stone, and man is humiliated.

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Another three passages from the admirable book by Fiona Givens and Terryl Givens, The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth that Saves Us:   Christianity . . . soon veered sharply away from the parent-child relationship articulated by Christ in the New Testament.  In lieu of a God who walked in the […]
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What the West Owes the East (Part 15)

1 month 2 weeks ago
    More words from my manuscript:   But we return to our investigation of words that the West has borrowed from Arabic. Several common items of Western furniture bear Arab names. The “mattress” that we sleep on, for example, was at first merely a matrah, a place where something is “thrown down.” (I suppose, […]
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The “Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway”? NO!

1 month 2 weeks ago
    And a thousand times No!   I’m not often truly indignant.  But I’m indignant right now.   HB481, a proposal to rename the Utah National Parks Highway the “Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway” has advanced from committee in the Utah House of Representatives on a 9-2 vote.  Trump Highway would include sections of […]
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Some public appearances

1 month 2 weeks ago
    The 25 February 2018 edition of the Interpreter Radio Show is now available online for your listening pleasure:   Interpreter Radio Show — February 25, 2018   The discussion focuses on women and veils in New Testament times as well as two Book of Mormon names.   Since Interpreter was recently outed publicly […]
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And our bodies have TRILLIONS of these!

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Sometimes, I think it’s appropriate just to marvel:   This is the formula of life: taking in oxygen and delivering that oxygen to all the cells in the body in a way that is so extraordinarily precise it makes even the highest-performing supercomputers in cars look basic.  This regulation system constantly and effortlessly […]
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What the West Owes the East (Intermission)

1 month 2 weeks ago
    At this point in my manuscript, having just briefly treated the origins of chess and chess terminology in the Middle East, I offer a brief aside:   The idea behind the notion of “checkmate” is worth pursuing. Players of chess will remember that nothing else really matters in the game except neutralizing your […]
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Lise Meitner, pioneering female Christian physicist

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Science makes people reach selflessly for truth and objectivity; it teaches people to accept reality, with wonder and admiration, not to mention the deep awe and joy that the natural order of things brings to the true scientist.  (Lise Meitner)   I confess that I was unaware of her — which is symptomatic […]
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A few notes on where I currently stand with regard to President Trump

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Some who read this blog may not be aware that I was vocally opposed to the nomination and election of Mr. Donald J. Trump.  Not because I’m a liberal pinko who supported Hillary — the distaff partner in the Bonnie and Clyde duo of American politics — or because I felt the socialist […]
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Beyond man-as-he-happens-to-be

1 month 2 weeks ago
    A little monthly reading group to which we’ve belonged for . . . oh, something on the order of twenty-five years met last night to discuss Fiona Givens and Terryl Givens, The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth that Saves Us.  Here’s one point from the book that I very much appreciated: […]
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What the West Owes the East (Part 14)

1 month 2 weeks ago
    A bit more fun with words:   Changing gears, it is worth noting that many terms connected with warfare have entered our Western languages from the Arabs. (Perhaps this says something of the state of war that has existed between Islam and Christendom through much of their shared his­tory.) Some of these words […]
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“Sweet is the Work”

1 month 2 weeks ago
    A wonderful story from Fiona Givens and Terryl Givens, The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth that Saves Us:   Our niece was recently serving an LDS mission in a rural area of Peru.  With her companion, she visited a member and upon departing asked if she knew of anyone who might […]
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What the West Owes the East (Part 13)

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Another installment from my manuscript:   Finally, I offer a grab bag of words on various subjects, to illustrate the wide range of things in everyday life which we either owe to the Arabs absolutely or for which we have borrowed words from the Arabic language. I start with something very near and […]
Dan Peterson

The Secret Mental Life of Trees (Part 3)

1 month 2 weeks ago
    My concluding extracts from Richard Grant, “The Whispering of the Trees,” Smithsonian (March 2018): Mother trees are the biggest, oldest trees in the forest with the most fungal connections.  They’re not necessarily female, but [Professor Suzanne] Simard sees them in a nurturing, supportive, maternal role.  With their deep roots, they draw up water and make it available […]
Dan Peterson

Cosmic Depth

1 month 2 weeks ago
    I’m finally reading the superb book by Fiona Givens and Terryl Givens, The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth that Saves Us.  I sometimes encounter derisive comments from certain critics about how shallow Mormonism supposedly is.  Such complaints astonish me.  I find the implications, entailments, and disclosures of the Restoration radical […]
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The Secret Mental Life of Trees (Part 2)

1 month 2 weeks ago
    From Richard Grant, “The Whispering of the Trees,” Smithsonian (March 2018):   To communicate through the network, trees send chemical, hormonal and slow-pulsing electrical signals, which scientists are just beginning to decipher.  Edward Farmer at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland has been studying the electrical pulses, and he has identified a voltage-based signaling system that […]
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What the West Owes the East (Part 12)

1 month 2 weeks ago
    And now, my manuscript takes a brief look at Islamic influence on the Western artistic tradition:   Arabic influence is clearly visible in the arts and crafts of the West. Many materials associated with Western clothing were originally of Arab design. Thus, damask, a silk or linen with a design visible from either […]
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The Secret Mental Life of Trees (Part 1)

1 month 2 weeks ago
    There’s a curious article in the March 2018 issue of Smithsonian, titled “The Whispering of the Trees.”  Written by Richard Grant, it bears the subtitle or description “Do trees talk with each other?  Have feelings?  Memories?  A controversial German forester says yes, and his ideas are shaking up the scientific world.”   The […]
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