Category Archives: Science

Parshall Proposal: LDS Gospel Topic Essays on Science

Somewhat hidden in the comments on keepapitchinin.org is an important suggestion by Ardis E. Parshall:  that LDS Church leaders provide a set of gospel topic essays on science and Mormonism.  Parshall’s OP was in reaction to some bogus “science” presentations … Continue reading

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History and the Nutritional Value of Alcohol

By Andrew Curry, Writer [1] People drank the stuff (alcohol) for the same reasons primates ate fermented fruit:  because it [made them feel good and because] it was good for them.  Yeasts produce ethanol as a form of chemical warfare–it’s … Continue reading

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Our Primate Ancestors and Alcohol Consumption

By Andrew Curry, Writer [1] From our modern point of view, ethanol has one very compelling property:  It makes us feel good.  Ethanol helps release serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins in the brain, chemicals that make us happy and less anxious. … Continue reading

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To Do Research or Not to Do Research

A few months ago, I road up to Rexburg ID with my son who was taking my granddaughter for the start of her freshman year at Brigham Young University – Idaho. One of the activities was the university president explaining … Continue reading

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Medieval Nutrition and Its Effect on the Peasantry

As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, I majored in history, with a strong interest in the social history of the Middle Ages.  My father was a biochemist with a specialty in nutrition.  So with suggestions from him, it was … Continue reading

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Anthropocene: An Strong Warning

By Justin Worland, Time (12-19 Sep 2016 As geological epochs have come and gone throughout Earth’s vast history, shifts have often correlated with large-scale global changes like ice ages and mass extinctions.  An asteroid hits the planet, wiping out the dinosaurs, and … Continue reading

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Raised Mormon: Kip Thorne, Cosmic Visionary

Kip Thorne was recently named to Time magazine’s “100 most influential people” list. Tribute by Christopher Nolan, Acclaimed Film Director [1] About 1.3 billion years before Kip Thorne was born, a pair of black holes collided in space, rattling the fabric … Continue reading

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