Category Archives: Philosophy

Ammon Hennacy: Catholic Anarchist in Salt Lake City in the 1960s

By Jeremy Harmon, sltrib.com, 24 Sep 2017 Dorothy Day, easily the most prominent figure in the Catholic Worker movement, sent Ammon Hennacy to Salt Lake City to open a homeless shelter. Raised by Quaker parents in Ohio, Hennacy had become … Continue reading

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“Power to the Crackpots” Really?

I used to have the following political cartoon by Charles Barsotti prominently displayed on a wall in my home. However, with the election of Donald Trump (whom I didn’t vote for) to be PROTUS, I’m rethinking my political philosophy.  And … Continue reading

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Meditation on America’s Southern Border Fence

By Richard Misrach, NG, Sep 2017 How much good does the Mexican border fence do?  People can climb over it, tunnel under it, and–when it abruptly ends–walk around it. Functionally speaking, a border wall attempts to do two things.  One … Continue reading

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History’s Seven Worst Ideas and/or Inventions?

According to a nonscientific survey of professionals by Paul A. Offit, the worst historic ideas and/or inventions are (extracted from NG, June 2017): 4,000 BC:  the Sumerians discovered “the plant of joy,” which gave birth to a class of drugs … Continue reading

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Will the Rate of Technological Progress Continue to Accelerate?

My brother, an economist at the University of Chicago, during a recent presentation at Utah State University on risk and uncertainty, quoted two scholars about the future of technology: First, Joel Mokyr (2013), economic historian at Northwestern University who specializes … Continue reading

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Biram Dah Abeid: Mauritania’s Antislavery Crusader

by Aiden McQuade, Director of Anti-Slavery International [1] Biram Dah Abeid was just 8 when he became aware of slavery in his home country of Mauritania [locate in northwestern Africa below Morocco].  He saw a defenseless youth being beaten by … Continue reading

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New President at BYU-Idaho: Another Opportunity Lost

Elder Dallin H. Oaks recently announced that Henry J. Eyring will be the next President of BYU-Idaho. This would have been a great opportunity to diversify LDS Church leadership.  Was a woman even considered?  Was a non-white considered?  Was someone … Continue reading

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