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http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/59TopTenBooks-MMM.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS A more disturbing week in Mormon History cannot be found to replace the second week in September of 1857. The 9/11 attacks have given us an eerie reminder of fanatical...

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Posted by in Featured, Politics, science

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Posted by in Featured, Polygamy

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The Bias is Strong With This One

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Posted by in Featured, Honesty, Priesthood, Racism

Confirmation Bias: Confirmation bias, also called myside bias, is the tendency to search for, interpret, or recall information in a way that confirms one’s beliefs or hypotheses. It is a type of cognitive bias and a systematic error of inductive reasoning. People display this bias when they gather or remember information...

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General Conference Metaphors

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Posted by in Featured, General Conference

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Posted by in Featured, Honesty, News, Tithing

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http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/58ConfirmationBias.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Continuing our series “The Human Mormon Mind,” we had the chance to gather a wonderful panel, consisting of Brian Dillman, Laurel Sandberg-Armstrong, Brian...

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Posted by in Featured, Infertility

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Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality

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Posted by in Featured, harmony, Music, unity

  I was invited to attend a drum circle recently by a close friend. It was held in a suburban back yard in south Salt Lake valley. I’ve been to drum circles before, so I knew what to expect, but I’d never been to one like this. Drum circles are based on Native American rituals, which are performed to commemorate significant...

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The Restoration of God’s Authority, a portion of a talk given on Sunday, February 20, 2033

The following is a talk I gave, but the computer file is somewhat corrupted, so some areas were lost as indicated by the bracketed text. Today I’ve been asked to speak about the restoration of God’s authority. I know that people like Sister [lost] or Brother [lost] could speak much more eloquently about this, but I guess that a...

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57: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 7

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Apostle Wish-List

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