Monday, October 27

One-Sided Mormon History

Under the Banner of Heaven Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

My review

Rating: 2 of 5 stars
I like my history at least striving for accuracy and balance, and this book almost completely failed in that category. While the sensational style kept it very interesting, I think the author did a great disservice in leaving out all the relevant historical details that don't confirm his view. (Which is what many decidedly pro-LDS books suffer from.) In no way could this be considered a scholarly work. Two stars for being entertaining, and for the interesting thoughts about whether people who claim to receive revelation should be declared mentally incompetent in a trial. Has anyone else read this book? Any thoughts?

Friday, October 24

Monday, October 13

Some existential questions...

"Death is the condition that makes it possible for us to live life in an authentic fashion." ~Irvin Yalom, M.D.
  • How do you feel about the quality of your life?
  • How would you answer if you knew you were about to die?

Thursday, October 9

Nature of The Person

New post of mine on mormon matters.

Wednesday, October 8

The Facts on Debate #2

This should be standard viewing procedure after debates.

Monday, October 6

Taking care of our bodies

Grad school takes a toll. After some minor/ongoing health issues, I have begun to realize that our bodies are basically like cars. We only have them for so many miles, they need fuel, and repairs. Some cars break down and die before their time, some last 300,000 miles, like my uncle's Suburban. Granted, that car is also a miracle of auto-science and duct tape.

I know that whether I exercise or not, I will eventually die. But I want to be as healthy as I can while I am alive. While I may not have as much time as Dara Torres or Lance Armstrong, one of my goals this semester is to workout at least 3 times a week. That may be 27 times less a week than these two, but it's a lot better than the 0 of last semester! Still, they are quite inspiring.

What inspires you to exercise, to live in healthy ways? Is it worth the effort? Do you need a personal trainer to see real results?

Sunday, October 5

Is lying okay if you warn people first?

Let me get this straight.
  1. McCain announces that he will begin personal attacks on Obama. 
  2. McCain then makes good on that promise. 
  3. Obama then accuses McCain of smears
  4. McCain says they are all "true facts" (as opposed to "misleading facts," or "true lies," or just "lies").
Was the McCain strategy (or tactic? I obviously don't know the difference) to tell us in advance that he was going to be throwing mud so we wouldn't be so disgusted when it happened?

For those who "just can't vote for Obama" for whatever reason, you have my condolences that McCain is your only other viable option.

10/7 UPDATE: Obama throws back a few whoppers of his own. I'm going to go crawl into a hole. Are we all just resigned to the fact that our leaders are dishonest?

SNL VP Debate

One of my favorite lines: "I do think it's patriotic to tell the government, 'Hey, get out of my way, stop trying to impose on my right to shoot wolves from a helicopter!'"