Just a note I’m blogging at Times and Seasons for the next while. I’ll still post here things that are too short or too technical to post there. My first post was a continuation of my demographics posts with an analysis of converts per missionary from the public data.
Apologies for falling behind in posts. Things just got busy again. So back to a few of the epistemological questions over the next few weeks. I think rather than make it an introduction I’m just going to dive into the deep end and see if I can’t get to what the fundamental issues of Mormon epistemology actually are.
Part of this is to just cut to the chase and try and get at some of the Peircean approaches to LDS thinking. As such this will definitely be thinking through ideas rather than having finished relatively defensible thoughts.
Massimo Pigliucci, of Scientia Salon fame, has a new blog up: How to Be a Stoic. He’s been talking stoicism for a while including a recent NYT editorial and then a Bloggingheads on the topic last fall. I’ve always been a sucker for the Stoics. While I probably couldn’t call myself a Stoic they have influenced me a great deal.
I’ve discussed Stoicism a fair bit way back when I was analyzing Orson Pratt’s odd philosophical take on Mormon theology in the 19th century. I had quite a few posts on the subject at the old blog. A key difference there of course was Pratt had adopted an atomism of Priestly by way of Leibniz. Other than his belief in atoms though his views were very much Stoic in nature though. They were rather extreme and a little kooky at times but exerted a rather pronounced influence on Mormon thought that persists to this day.
Even though I’ve not had time to blog much the past 5 years I’ve still tried to keep up on most current events. I regularly post links I find interesting to App.Net.1 You can get my list of ADN links, without any discussion, via rss. I put retweets on Twitter regularly as well. A lot of these are the same links but without comment.
Unfortunately Tweets are so short that people assume retweets mean you agree with the link. Often I want to share links I disagree with but found interesting. I can do this on ADN but not Twitter at the moment. I figure I can do that here as well.
I likely won’t have all the links I put up on ADN but I’ll probably put up a lot with very brief comments for each. If I want to say more I’ll just make a full post.2 There’s a bit more today than normal and there are more political ones than science. Normally politics makes up only about ⅓.
- Yes ADN is not dead. There’s not the huge community there was a year ago but those who remain really enjoy it as a Twitter alternative. The remaining community is quite strong. There’s still new work being done on the network. Come check it out. You might like it. ↩
- This may just be a way for me to shift my discussions from ADN to a blog again. I don’t know. Hopefully it’ll get me posting here more regularly though. ↩
The sideblog is back. Right now it shows up on the rss feed. If you don’t like that let me know. I’ll be posting interesting links to stories here. (I’ve long posted them to ADN as well)
OK, I said I was back and then wasn’t. This time I am for real.
My apologies. I returned to a job I hadn’t done in a few years and then someone quit and I ended up having to do what they were doing. It’s been a busy few months.
I’m starting Mormon Metaphysics back up after a long absence. Sorry for the time away. I was having server problems but never had time to fix things until now.
I’ll return to that post series on the hard sayings a little later. Right now I have a few other posts to do. I want to do a few more politics too.