Category Archives: Personal

Proposed Historical Paper: “The Battle over Cosmology in Recent America: Intelligent Designers, Science Communicators, and the Home Schooling Movement”


I will be participating in an historical workshop at the University of Manchester on the intersection of “Science, Religion, and Entertainment Media” in June 2013.  I am proposing the following paper. Comments are welcome. “The Battle over Cosmology in Recent America: … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Ageless Generation: How Advances in Biomedicine Will Transform the Global Economy”


The Ageless Generation: How Advances in Biomedicine Will Transform the Global Economy. By Alex Zhavoronkov. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. This is a fascinating book and overall Alex Zhavoronkov is to be commended for putting it together. It is also … Continue reading

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Bill Veeck’s Rules of Etiquette for Baseball Owners


When Bill Veeck was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1991 his widow, Mary-Frances Veeck, offered some interesting comments about how he conducted himself, offering twelve commandments of professional life. They were, in essence, Veeck’s rules of etiquette … Continue reading

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Re-Direct: The National Academy of Engineering Video Contest


The National Academy of Engineering wants to know how engineering impacts YOU! Enter the Engineering for You (E4U) Video Contest and tell us how engineering creations serve the welfare of humanity and the needs of society.The NAE is offering a $25,000 prize to the most … Continue reading

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Re-Direct: Guide to Online Academic Research


Accredited Colleges.com has created an on-line resource that will be of use to several researchers. The “Guide to Online Academic Research” offers step-by-step instructions of use to college-level students in undertaking research amid the myriad sites and structures of the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Debunked! ESP, Telekinesis, and other Pseudoscience”


Debunked! ESP, Telekinesis, and other Pseudoscience. By Georges Charpak and Henri Broch. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. Georges Charpak received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1992. His friend and colleague, Henri Broch, is not a Nobel Laureate … Continue reading

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America and the Cult of Conspiracy


Americans certainly, and perhaps all the cultures of the world, love the idea of conspiracy as an explanation of how and why many events have happened. It plays to their innermost fears and hostilities that there is a well-organized, well-financed, … Continue reading

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Nauvoo Mormonism and the Question of Class


Early Mormons in the 1840s founded the Mississippi River town of Nauvoo, Illinois, as a stronghold of their religion. Many historians have analyzed the Nauvoo sojourn of the Mormons, and there is a long list of very good books and articles … Continue reading

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Replacement Theology and the Early Mormons as a Chosen People


Perhaps the single most important tenet of Joseph Smith’s emerging Mormon ideology in the 1830s and 1840s was the identification of his church as “latter-day Israel.” This identification drove much of the rest of his scripture and doctrine, from his … Continue reading

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A Conservative Take on the Ideal of Zion: Joseph Smith III and the “Gathering”


Perhaps the most persistent ideal in Mormonism has been the concept of Zion, essentially a utopia, and the gathering of the Saints to achieve it. The early Latter Day Saints believed that they had been commissioned from among the world to … Continue reading

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