Redeeming (Most of) the Seven Deadly Heresies

19 April 2021
On 1 June 1980, Bruce R. McConkie delivered a sermon entitled “The Seven Deadly Heresies.” For a long time, I’ve been meaning to share my thoughts about this sermon. And recently, while writing another article, I found myself bumping up against this sermon again. So now is probably a good time. McConkie was an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It’s by far the large ... (More)

Spring 2021 General Conference Open Thread

03 April 2021
I will live blog as I…feel like it. Please feel free to add your thoughts and comments about any talk or topic addressed. ... (More)

The Sweet Scent of Failure

20 March 2021
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Groundhog's Day and the Meaning of Life

03 February 2021
Yesterday was Groundhog's Day, the holiday where everyone waits with baited breath for a rodent to decide if it saw its shadow, and therefore, whether there will be a long winter, or an early spring. I don't actually know what happened this year.But to celebrate the auspicious occasion, we went to my in law's house, and we watched the movie "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray. I had forgotte ... (More)

Why Decentralization Is Essential to Human Thriving

31 January 2021
Decentralization of power, whether we characterize that power as technological or otherwise, is essential to increasing the probability of a thriving human (or superhuman) future. There’s a line of reasoning that persuaded me of this conclusion. It consists of three steps. Before I share the three steps, I should explain some concepts: Power. Understand “power” in the broadest sense. It’s n ... (More)

The Question of Absolute Compliance

24 January 2021
There's an old humorous saying: Catholics claim the pope is infallible, but no one believes it. Mormons claim the prophet is fallible, but no one believes it. It's more true than it should be. (Perhaps on both counts.) What we claim to believe and how we behave should be consistent. Decades ago I realized the […] ... (More)

Facebook Disabled My Account After I Criticized Them

22 January 2021
Facebook unfriended me. Why? So far as I can tell, it’s because I’ve been using Facebook to advocate for decentralization of social media. And apparently the algorithm didn’t like that. This morning, sometime between 8:54am and 9:06am Mountain, Facebook disabled my account. Just after 8:54am, I copy-pasted the content of my latest Twitter post into a new post on Facebook. At 9:06am, a friend ... (More)
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