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Based on the differences in what I was taught as a child and what they teach now, I was aware the LDS (Mormon) church has been whitewashing its history and doctrine. Interesting to see someone has documented the coverup of what was once an important doctrine to their church.
 
"... I am shocked! Shocked to think anyone would think there is a cover-up going on here! ..."--Corbin Volluz dissects the cover-up by the LDS Church of the Adam God Doctrine

Good evening.   Tonight’s episode features a walk through the Mormon History Department.  In a corner of the Department is a closet crammed with skeletons. One of the largest and most shiver-inducing of these is the Adam God skeleton. During this program,…
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I wrote this post about the subject of those who rule the Scientific Orthodoxy. I ultimately find no difference in the iron fisted way Christendom ran academia and science than the secular elites today who are in charge. However, at the beginning I make a comparison of Christendom's intolerance of being questioned on matters, such as their own manipulation of their own holy book the bible. Interestingly, this spurious manipulation done centuries before was unknown by Joseph Smith when he invented the book of Mormon and ultimately, there is no way to cover this up. 

http://timeless-environments.blogspot.se/2013/08/a-paradigm-shift-revolutionary-science.html

You may disagree with my views on the present orthodoxy, but the bastardization of science for the same selfish reasons and the corrupted condition of our natural world are a reflection of the great ignorance that still exists among those who claim to be intellectuals, but far from any genius.
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Interesting alternate quantum theory, first time I've heard of it. They are able to demonstrate the double slit results with a drop of oil and pilot wave. Wonder if Feynman ever made any comments on this theory. 
For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky concept. The laws of quantum physics seem to suggest that particles spend much of their time in a ghostly state, lacking even basic properties such as a definite location and instead existing everywhere and nowhere at once. Only when a particle is measured does it suddenly…
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Would be a lot easier with New Testament or Book of Mormon, since the Old Testament is full of such atrocities, its hard to find a story that isn’t morally offensive. Its kind of like asking “what is your favorite Nazi story”, so perhaps you meant it as a challenge, if so I’ll give it a try.

* Child sacrifice - Judges 11:30-39, Jephthah burns his daughter alive as a sacrificial offering for God’s favor in killing the Ammonites

* Rape & Incest - Genesis 19:1-11. Lot, the only righteous man in Sodom, offers his virgin daughters to be gang raped by a crowd. The crowd turns him down and he impregnates his daughters himself in Genesis 19:30-38

* Concubine raped and dismembered - Judges 19:22-29, a mob demands to rape a godly master’s guest. The master offers his daughter and a concubine to them instead. They take the concubine and gang-rape her all night. The master finds her on his doorstep in the morning, cuts her into 12 pieces, and ships the pieces around the country. - WTF??

* A tribe slaughtered and their virgins raped for not showing up at roll call. Judges 21:1-23, the other Israelites kill them all except for the virgins, which they take for themselves. Still not happy, they hide in vineyards and pounce on dancing women from Shiloh to take them for themselves.

* God has 42 children mauled by bears for teasing Elisha, 2 Kings 2:23-24 

* God kills a man for refusing to impregnate his brother’s widow Genesis 38:9-10

* God helps Samson kill 30 men because he lost a bet Judges 14:11-19

* Noah’s Flood - genocide and unrealistic

* Genocide after genocide after genocide, including killing men women and children, although occasionally keeping the virgin girls as sex slaves. Joshua 6:20-21 Jericho, Deuteronomy 2:32-35 Heshbon, Deuteronomy 3:3-7 Bashan, Numbers 31:7-18 Midianites, 1 Samuel 15:1-9 Amalekites

* Exodus 12:29, God slaughters all Egyptian firstborn children and cattle because their king was stubborn - thats just sick

* Chronicles 13:15-18, God helps the men of Judah kill 500,000 of their fellow Israelites

Its really difficult to find any good stories in the Old Testament, but I did find two I like.

* Balaam's Talking Donkey - Numbers 22:28 - Reminds me of the movie Shrek, also saw a version illustrated with Lego people which was amusing.

* Joseph - Genesis 39-45 - This story actually is more detailed/interesting than most, and in the end Joseph forgives his brothers, which is a much better moral story than most of the stories that are full of all sorts of violence. I’d pick this as the favorite. 
 
What are Your Favorite Old Testament Stories? http://bit.ly/1rkcyP2
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"How in the world in the 21st century is a church asking people not to talk openly about things? And I want to be really clear about something. People say that I'm talking openly about my doubts and disbelief and giving voice to doubters because I'm trying to tear people away from the church. That is so wrong. I'm a mental health professional. I'm a few months away from getting my PhD in clinical and counseling psychology. I counsel Mormons everyday. And what I can tell you is that, by far, probably one of the most damaging aspects of Mormon culture is the fact that they need to keep things hidden, they keep things secret, and they can't openly discuss what they think and what they feel. I think this leads to depression, I think it leads to anxiety, I think it leads ostracization and marginalization, and I think it can even lead to suicide and things more serious. And so it is totally unacceptable for a church leader to say to me "you can support same-sex marriage but you can't speak openly about your support", "you can support Ordain Women but don't ever tell anybody", "you can have doubts, but you can't speak openly about those doubts." I think that's a recipe for mental illness and sadness, and frankly, it doesn't engender a community that's meaningful where people are able to share their heart and their soul with each other. It's not going to be a backbone for the church culturally that's going to lead to vibrance and vitality when an organization like the church starts to use sort of Stalinist techniques or Maoist techniques to clamp down on information, to prevent people from talking, to punish people if they speak openly. That leads to the death of community, to conscience, to people's mental health and well-being, and I would much rather be disciplined than violate my conscience."

29:05--30:31 minute mark

http://youtu.be/x5vCVNv4moY

AMEN John Dehlin!!!!
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This is actually pretty cool.  I had a one-semester physics class taught by C.N. Yang, and one of the topics he chose to cover was the gravitational correction in a neutron interferometer.  At first I thought it was an odd choice of topic, but it really did show how a curious top-notch mind actually functions. As he pointed out, we know that neutrons are particles; and the neutron interferometer clearly demonstrates that they're waves.  We know that particles feel gravity, and naive QM+GR suggests that waves should too (as they carry energy). The fact that this can be experimentally confirmed with such an easy and elegant experiment showed that all is well in the world.

So call me a geek, but I think its pretty exciting that, 30 years later, it seems that we also need gravitational corrections for the one-loop virtual pair in the photon propagator.  That is, the two particles in the pair should be considered as two arms of an interferomter, taking different paths through space; if the space has a gravitational potential that potential will alter the amplitude slightly, when the pair recombines.  But of course!  Why didn't we think of this earlier?

If this holds up, then it does have a certain air of warm fuzzies: all is well in the world of perturbation theory, at least at the one-loop level.  That and some chocolate milk will make me sleep better.

https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/first-evidence-of-a-correction-to-the-speed-of-light-65c61311b08a
When astronomers first observed light from a supernova arriving 7.7 hours after the neutrinos from the same event, they …
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My Mormon family fails big time. They do not follow the teachings of Jesus. They slander, gossip, destroy family relationships, yet somehow the Mormon church still gives them temple recommends (which they won't do if you commit horrible sins like drinking coffee), so obviously some part of this quote is false.
 
#Christians profess belief in a #Savior, and they act in Harmony with the Savior's teachings #MormonsAreChristian
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As the source for all beings is OMNISCIENCE, we must understand that if we TAP this source effectively then accomplishing our goals is a definite. Always think with a CLEAR HEAD and never navigate through your EMOTIONS! Don't cloud your movements! Breathe Life and Love Daily! with +Cheryl Clarke 
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