Monthly Archives: August 2015

“A Wolf by the Ear”

Just finished watching the British-made science fiction film, Ex Machina, which I highly recommend. At first, I thought it would be an updating of the Star Trek original series episode, “Requiem for Methuselah, in which a brilliant creator uses a … Continue reading

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A Monument to Science Fiction Films

I’m watching the “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” which is rightfully considered the mother of all ET-related science fiction films. In fact there are premises in the movie that are really prescient in light of the advances we’re making … Continue reading

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Mormon Lessons for Muslim Reformers

Growing numbers of Mormons are asking probing questions about their faith, particularly about the character and motivations of their church’s prophet and founder, Joseph Smith, and the veracity of the sacred books of their faith. Their church leaders and historians … Continue reading

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A Divided Mind about Our Nation of Two Mindsets

There is a ring of truth to Lois Lerner’s observation, posted to a friend in an e-mail exchange, that Lincoln should have let the South go in 1861 because the North and South really are of two mindsets. Lerner’s observation … Continue reading

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The Hermetically Sealed Hermit Kingdom

A friend of mine beautifully summed up the case of North Korea: the very idea of a communist dynasty smacks of a Three Stooges comedy.  It would be hilariously funny if it weren’t so incomprehensibly tragic. Now, in the latest … Continue reading

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Paddy Chayevsky: Secular Prophet

After reading about the GOP presidential debates this morning — I can only bring myself to read about them, not to watch them — I’ve concluded that the late screenwriter Paddy Chayevsky was a secular prophet.  The United States really is living … Continue reading

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Digital Transparency and the Future of Mormonism

Within the last few days, historians of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have released images of an egg-sized stone that resembles a large pecan. The stone is purportedly the seer stone that LDS Founder and Prophet Joseph … Continue reading

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