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If This is What it Takes to Be Wheat, I Think I’d Rather Be a Tare

A few days ago, I witnessed cognitive dissonance occur in real time. We all have moments of cognitive dissonance in our lives. As humans with complex brains and thinking processes, it’s part and parcel of our experience. But I’ve never seen 180s occur so quickly. When the leaked screen shots of the new handbook policy …

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I Talk Fantasy and Sci-Fi on the Rational Faiths Podcast

Not too long ago, I made an appearance on the Rational Faiths podcast. Rational Faiths is an interesting website with a lot of thoughtful commentary on religion, particularly Mormonism. This particular podcast episode focused on non-scriptural ways we fill our spiritual cups. I talk a little bit about how the brain is wired for God …

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Don’t Like Something? Just Leave! Progress and the Institutions We Love

For some reason, we have this idea that if you love something, if you really love something, you’ll never, ever try to change it. To a certain extent, I agree with this assessment. After all, you probably love your significant other even though s/he has attributes you don’t like. And, in fact, there is a good …

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