Monthly Archives: April 2013

Jack Reacher and Django Unchained, Short Movie Reviews

On a new double-decker Airbus cattle-hauler flying across the Pacific, I watched several movies.  The last couple I slept through, and I really only remember the first 2:  Jack Reacher and Django Unchained.  Both movies had one thing in common, … Continue reading

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Is De-extinction of Animals Coming?

For those of you who don’t think science is moving fast enough, consider this.  Scientists may soon have the ability to regenerate extinct animal species.  The concept was recently discussed in both National Geographic (Apr 2013) and Time (15 Apr 2013) magazines.  Man … Continue reading

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Mormonism and Science, How Close Should They Be?

Historian Richard Bushman, in a recent presentation at the Mormon Transhumanist Association 2013 annual conference, presented two possible approaches to defining the relationship between Mormonism and science. The first approach is the one proposed by Parley P. Pratt.  He and his like-minded successors–B.H. … Continue reading

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Thoughts about Elder Oaks’ Spring 2013 Conference Talk

Elder Dallin S. Oaks’ talks always seem a disappointment to me.  And his Spring 2013 General Conference talk is no exception.  Since Oaks is highly educated and has been a university president and a state supreme court judge, we should expect so … Continue reading

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Richard Bushman, Transhumanism, and the State of the LDS Church

I recently attended the afternoon session of the Mormon Transhumanist Association annual meeting.  The concluding speaker was historian Richard L. Bushman.  Before I comment on his presentation, just a side note.  Its become increasing difficult for me to hear, I’m slowly … Continue reading

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The Two Faces of Transhumanism

A friend, Dorothy Deasy, emailed the following to me: For me, there are two kinds of transhumanism. One is the traditional definition of radical life extension and merging with technology and/or a conscious machine intelligence. For me, that still sounds like … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of Future Perfect

To help better manage water in the western United States, water users are increasingly relying on real-time monitoring and control.  This involves providing more timely information to decision-support models and eliminating much of the human element.  Similar, but much more … Continue reading

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