Buddhism facts

“A common sense interpretation of the facts”

“Pursuit” (1952), by Boris Anrep, is part of a series of Modern Virtues mosaics located in the entrance hall of the National Gallery in London. It depicts astronomer and physicist Sir Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) as a steeplejack climbing to the stars. (Wikimedia Commons public domain image)


Audio roundtable: come follow me Old Testament Lesson 7 “To be a greater follower of justice”: Genesis 12–17; Abraham 1–2

Freed from advertisements and other distractions, the round table of radio interpreters for come follow me Old Testament Lesson 7, “To be a greater disciple of righteousness,” on Genesis 12-17; Abraham 1–2, is now archived and freely available for your edification and entertainment. The panelists for this roundtable were Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye and Hales Swift, with special guest Martin Tanner. This round table is taken from the January 3, 2022 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show. The full broadcast (absent the commercials and other such interruptions) can be heard at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-January-3-2022/. The Interpreter radio show can be heard in Salt Lake County every Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. (MDT), on K-TALK, AM 1640, or, if located anywhere else on Earth , you can listen live on the internet at ktalkmedia.com. If you are trying to listen from space, there may be delays depending on your distance from the Salt Lake Valley. The Interpreter Foundation accepts no responsibility for such delays. They are the result of seemingly immutable laws of nature.

come follow me —Helps for Studying and Teaching the Old Testament Lesson 7, February 7-February 13: Genesis 12-17; Abraham 1–2— “To be a greater follower of justice”

Another generous contribution from Jonn Claybaugh

Nibley Lectures: Come, Follow Me Old Testament Lesson 7 “To be a greater follower of righteousness”: Genesis 12-17; Abraham 1–2

During the 1986 winter semester at Brigham Young University, Dr. Hugh W. Nibley, then Emeritus Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, delivered a series of 26 lectures to a class honorific on The Pearl of Great Price. This class was videotaped in the Maeser building and made available by FARMS as video and audio recordings. The text was then transcribed and included in Ancient Documents and the Pearl of Great Pricepublished by Deseret Book.


I find myself curiously serene in the face of this prospect:

“What climate change means for the future of coffee and other popular foods: While growing coffee will be more difficult in a warmer climate, some countries will be able to grow more cashews and avocados, according to a new study.


I continue to sift through previous blog entries here, pulling out entries that I believe have continued relevance to the topics I write about. Here are two more.

The first comes from astronomer and physicist Sir Fred Hoyle (1915-2001), who was typically an overt atheist. Over time, however, he seemed to soften and have doubts:

Wouldn’t you say to yourself, whatever the language used by the supercomputer intellects: “Some supercomputer intellects must have conceived the properties of the carbon atom, if not the chances of me finding such an atom thanks to the blind forces of nature would be less than 1 ten40000.” Of course you would. . . . I have always been intrigued by the remarkable relationship of the 7.65 Mev energy level in the core of 12C at the level of 7.12 Mev in 16O. If you wanted to produce carbon and oxygen in roughly equal amounts by stellar nucleosynthesis, those are the two levels you would have to set. . . A sensible interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has scoffed at physics, as well as chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth talking about in nature. . [Sir Fred Hoyle, “The Universe: Past and Present Reflections,” Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics 20 (September 1982): 16]

The second comes from Freeman J. Dyson (1923-2020), a prominent English-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician who was associated for many years with the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton:

Science and religion are two windows through which people look, trying to understand the great outer universe, trying to understand why we are here. The two windows give different views, but they overlook the same universe. Both views are one-sided, neither is complete. Both leave out essential features of the real world. And both are worthy of respect. . . . The problem arises when science or religion claims universal jurisdiction, when religious dogma or scientific dogma claims to be infallible. Religious creationists and scientific materialists are equally dogmatic and insensitive. By their arrogance, they discredit science and religion. The media exaggerate their number and importance. The media rarely mentions the fact that the vast majority of religious people belong to moderate faiths that treat science with respect, or the fact that the vast majority of scientists treat religion with respect as long as religion does not claim jurisdiction over matters scientists.


And don’t forget that tomorrow, February 2, is Groundhog Day. Maybe you’ll find time to watch the great movie that goes by that title. Here is a blog entry about it that I posted several years ago:

groundhog day is the greatest movie ever made.

And I’m not the only one to think so:

“A Movie For All Time” by Jonah Goldberg

Of course, that doesn’t negate that there are other good ones out there, like Das Leben der Anderen and the original Manchu Candidate.

Corn . . . well they can’t all be winners.

Besides, I like The Manchu Candidate same a part of the scene where Angela Lansbury’s character is shot. This part just makes it equal better.

I can’t explain my totally irrational dislike of Angela Lansbury. By all accounts, she is a very talented and extraordinarily kind woman. But there you have it.

I also like the scene in Titanic where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character dies. From my point of view, this is the highlight of the film.

Does anyone know of a movie in which Hugh Grant bites the dust? That would complete a perfect trifecta, in my opinion.

Another one tribute for groundhog day can be viewed here, in this short video clip specially made for . . . good, groundhog day:

Jeep® | “Groundhog Day” | Bill Murray | 02.02.2020

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