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by DevilsAdvocate
26 Sep 2020, 11:44
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Plandemic, conspiracies, and faith
Replies: 23
Views: 3693

Re: Plandemic, conspiracies, and faith

I guess politicians and others felt like they needed be seen doing something so they don't get blamed too much for "killing grandma" regardless of how effective or not these actions really were in hindsight. Who knows their intentions? Do they act so they can be "seen" doing something, or do they a...
by DevilsAdvocate
19 Sep 2020, 11:03
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Plandemic, conspiracies, and faith
Replies: 23
Views: 3693

Re: Plandemic, conspiracies, and faith

I definitely don't believe that the virus was intentionally developed and released by China or that the governments of all these different countries would all be in on some grand conspiracy at the same time or anything like that. But what I think has been fraudulent and deserves to be called a hoax ...
by DevilsAdvocate
29 Jul 2020, 15:41
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
Replies: 14
Views: 3041

Re: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

After reading the book, I bought the audiobook so I could listen again - maybe a few times. I think I need to really understand what this book is saying about how people work. I think it will give me more understanding and sympathy for others. I definitely sympathize with some of the religious foll...
by DevilsAdvocate
25 Jul 2020, 09:03
Forum: Book & Media Reviews
Topic: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
Replies: 14
Views: 3041

Re: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

I actually read through this entire book again a second time. A big part of the book that I didn't talk about before was the question of, "Why are we so groupish?" Haidt explained this as a product of evolution where he thought it made sense that groups that were more cohesive and able to work toget...
by DevilsAdvocate
18 Jan 2020, 10:59
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Unemotional Analysis of the Recent "Whistleblower" on LDS Church Finances
Replies: 43
Views: 5692

Re: An Unemotional Analysis of the Recent "Whistleblower" on LDS Church Finances

I still am bothered enough by the claim of the size of the Church's investment assets that I am continuing to consider paying tithing on what I calculate as my "increase" (defining that as my "extra" income after I have paid my essential bills and living costs), but I am nowhere near dismayed anymo...
by DevilsAdvocate
02 Nov 2019, 09:58
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Great Progeny Contest
Replies: 12
Views: 1527

Re: The Great Progeny Contest

Maybe it's just me, and maybe it's not even an LDS thing, though I suspect it is. My husband and I have two grown children (ages 39 and 37). Both are divorced and living with significant others. Neither of them has any children. I actually didn't want a large family myself, although I would have be...
by DevilsAdvocate
12 Oct 2019, 09:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: TR Questions Change-up
Replies: 20
Views: 2087

Re: TR Questions Change-up

As similar as these new questions sound on the surface, I think some of them are significantly different in terms of emphasis and the overall experience they will create for many active members. Here are my initial thoughts on some of these changes. Do you wear the garment both night and day as inst...
by DevilsAdvocate
29 Dec 2018, 11:32
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are we really that different?
Replies: 22
Views: 2182

Re: Are we really that different?

After a conversation behind the scenes, I am adding an Admin Note. [Admin Note]: Devil's Advocate intentionally misquoted the original comment he excerpted to create his post. He intentionally deleted ONLY one part of one sentence - the sentence that would have shown his conclusion was not close to...
by DevilsAdvocate
23 Dec 2018, 16:56
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are we really that different?
Replies: 22
Views: 2182

Re: Are we really that different?

Not sure. I don't mean this in an antagonistic way (I agree with the vast majority of the posts you write here, DA), but I guess I don't completely understand what kind of difference you are talking about. Do you mean fundamental personality? You seem to imply that above. If you are referring to pe...
by DevilsAdvocate
22 Dec 2018, 13:03
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are we really that different?
Replies: 22
Views: 2182

Re: Are we really that different?

I think the trigger in not believing involves allow yourself to entertain initial thoughts that the church might not be true. Or, in my case, deciding that I no longer wanted to be as much a part of the experience as I did previously. There wasn't any rejection of the truth claims at that point -- ...