We had some really interesting discussion of memory and the mind this week! Now I’m sure you’re all familiar with discussion of the incredible fuzziness of Joseph Smith’s memory of the first vision. But here’s a new funny one: it seems that Brigham Young and Lorenzo Snow had a little difficulty remembering which of them it was that came up with the infamous “couplet” revelation!
In a similar vein, the modern LDS leaders seem to have trouble remembering whether they’re for or against domestic partnerships. Or whether they’re for or against ideological fudging. No wonder G.A.s can get so spooked by having to address a general audience (see this funny story) and don’t like people reading the Internet because a searching soul will usually find both sides of an argument on the Internet quite readily. (On a may-or-may-not-be-related note, Aerin comments on an interesting article about aging and the mind.)
Time for a little glitter! Just check out the celebrity sparkle from Emily’s trip to Sundance! And speaking of gorgeous, check out Tom’s latest photos! Also, Leah gave a talk at the NDSU’s Science, Religion and Lunch Seminar — see the video! And remember Mr. Diety, who came so close to winning the 2009 William Law X-Mormon of the Year award? Well, as a consolation, he at least got an interview on the Mormon Expression podcast. (Update on the “Brodies”: I’m planning to post the nominations and voting tomorrow, so get those last-minute nominations in ASAP!)
Even daily life can be an adventure! Richard Wade gives advice to an exmo dad whose son is going to have a “worthiness interview” with the Bishop. The Urban Koda also had an uncomfortable interview and made a connection with his own son while weeding out the bigots. Leah had a dispute and reconciliation with her bishop.
Let’s wrap up the week with some not-lds-related political updates: Frighteningly enough, there’s a bill in the Utah legislature which allows that a woman who miscarried could be prosecuted if she cannot prove that the miscarriage was the result of an illegal abortion. A group of Baptists from Idaho botched their humanitarian mission to Haiti since they apparently didn’t realize that you can’t just round up a bunch of kids and take them home with you and keep them. Susana lost her job when her visa got stuck in the bowels of the immigration bureaucracy. Daniel Midgley reports on religion in the 2011 Australian census. And Making Light explains the Amazon vs. Macmillan battle.
Have a great week everyone!