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Month: September 2015

Addiction Recovery

Addiction Recovery

Whether you are addicted yourself or you know someone who is suffering, addiction likely affects you on some level. Being addicted is like a long, agonizing rollercoaster that degrades your quality of life over a span of months, years, and sometimes decades. Each high is followed by a new low.

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What Are the Odds?

What Are the Odds?

I was stumped today — as I often am while taking tests in BYU’s testing center. The problem I was looking at didn’t seem as attractive as daydreaming at the moment, so I decided to lift my head up and stare out the window.

In the distance, beyond the swaying leafy trees, I saw the half-moon as it hung in orbit opposite the setting sun. I saw myself surrounded by a bunch of sentient beings looking a lot less stumped than myself as they hunched over their exams. Then, I thought: What are the odds?

What are the odds of me being on a planet that is perfectly conditioned and positioned to sustain life? What are the odds of such a planet even existing in the first place? What are the odds of me or anyone else being able to think and experience a small corner of the universe?

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The Largest Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon: A Masterpiece

The Largest Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon: A Masterpiece

The Book of Mormon is, in many ways, a complex book. Its origins are complicated — as are the literarLargest Chiasmus in the Book of Mormony devices it employs. One thing that is very interesting that can be found in the Book of Mormon is the presence of an ancient Hebraic form of poetry called chiasmus. This form of poetry was not known until decades after the death of Joseph Smith. The basic structure of a chiasmus is that a passage will give a list of points in forward and then reverse order, with the turning point in the middle being essential to the message. In essence, it would look something like this:

A
B
C
C’
B’
A’

The Bible has several examples of chiasmus throughout the text – most of which do not go any longer than just a few points until reversing in the middle. Even the smallest of these examples are considered to be true Hebrew poetry.

However, ever since incredible examples of chiasmus have been discovered in the Book of Mormon, critics have been quick to disclaim them by pointing out that chiasmus can be found nearly everywhere – including Dr. Seuss books. This blatant double standard against the Book of Mormon does not surprise me. And in my opinion, this quick dismissal fails for two basic reasons:

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Dense Reading

Dense Reading

This semester involves a lot of reading assignments. I love reading, so that’s good. But, I don’t particularly love reading dense science articles and getting into the nitty gritty nuances of data and how the studies were run, etc. Some people like it – so much so that they want to do it for their actual job; they’re the crazy ones who get Ph.D.’s.

Cool Lab Today / Dental School Interviews Update

Cool Lab Today / Dental School Interviews Update

Today was the first day of my advanced neuroscience lab. We used 400X magnification optical microscopes to look at neurons and glial cells. We also hooked up our microscopes to the computer, calibrated them (using a microscopic ruler!) and learned how to accurately measure lengths and areas of the cells we were looking at. Trust me, it was cool.

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