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About mfbukowski

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    My purpose in being here is to influence others to understand how the philosophy of Pragmatism relates to Mormonism. I found the church through my philosophical understanding of Pragmatism.

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  1. I looked more into the book you mentioned- it's GOT to be good if it's $75. for a KINDLE VERSION? Wow! HOT!
  2. This is the way I see it as well. And I see it coming from Pragmatic reasons, and though this turns people off, I do not see it as coming- necessarily- from the historic stories about the plates and BOM or BOA historicity I believe one MIGHT see the teachings of the church as purely rational and the best pragmatic path for humankind- in essence a faith that worships what we might call 'family values" - values taught in all cultures. No one celebrates random violence. Notice I emphasized MIGHT because one might also see it other ways- there is really no way to prove that all the h
  3. William James speaks of God being like THE "master chess player" who's intelligence is infinite but not supernatural. He knows "all things" except what cannot be known- he can see the future the way we might see the future and know with certainty, for example as a parent may know a 3 year old and KNOW ahead of time how the child will act when Oreos are put in a bowl inf front of him, while being told NOT to take any cookies. But of course he knows the child even better than we would, he knows every detail of how the child's individual brain works, her entire history of stealing or not steal
  4. This is not a church website but I think the information is is reliable and current. https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/lds-church-defines-what-transgender-members-can-and-cannot-do-in-new-handbook-policy
  5. Over the years there LDS folks have associated Quetzalcoatl with Christ's visit in the BOM, but I think that has been discredited by LDS scholars lately. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzalcoatl and: Quetzalcoatl in feathered-serpent form as depicted in the Codex Telleriano-Remensis Subtleties in, and an imperfect scholarly understanding of, high Nahuatl rhetorical style make the exact intent of these comments tricky to ascertain, but Restall argues that Moctezuma's politely offering his throne to
  6. Not with me Pan Guiski. I think I understand a tiny piece of the intensity you may feel about this after your decades of dedication and mastery of your Art. But the object I think of this stuff is to have us question what "art" is. Once you get that that is the question and you think it through the purpose of the question is gone, because you have already answered it for yourself. And so the question rolls down to the next generation which needs to consider their own definition. And on the generations roll. 😎
  7. There were a lot of those kinds of threads hereabouts a few years ago when the church decided that, for their protection and for family unity, that children of same sex couples should not be baptized. THAT was a big deal here, but the reaction of the gay parents who posted never made any sense to me whatsoever. They seem to have taken it as the poor innocent children being persecuted eternally for not being able to be baptized. It was very strange to me. And some of those folks still post here- maybe they will answer To me, if I was, say, Jewish, it would be like insisting t
  8. And many fight to have their children baptized. Go figure. THAT is one I have never understood
  9. Yes it is. It is a bold assertion the meaning of which is self evident after we see it a dozen times. Context makes meaning- there is no such thing as "representation" in art, literature, science or any man-made creation. We see through a false mirror, darkly, wearing our human perceptions like a pair of the darkest sunglasses one can imagine. ; But how many times does it have to be repeated? Warhol did it Cage did it, Duchamp did it, Dali did it, the Dada movement did it, minimalism did it, conceptual art did it, performance pieces did it, and in philosophy it was done many
  10. The difference is that anybody can rent Carnegie Hall but who can fill it? I myself attended a "concert" in the 60's in Carnegie Hall with about 10 other friends so that my room mate, who played the organ, could put it on his resume. It cost him a pretty penny but he got the resume line and pictures to prove it. Approval by the literati- THAT is the trick. Yet another proof that context creates meaning. You stick a common object in an art museum, or silence in a packed concert hall, and it says a lot to those who "get" it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_(Duchamp)
  11. Emulation of the only Perfect Human is the only way to Perfect Humanism.
  12. I suggest you ask your bishop if this is accurate. A disfellowshiped person can be highly restricted in their activity- including the ability to take the sacrament, teach, pray publically or serve in callings. If you call that "full-fledged membership" I don't know what that phrase means. But I am sure you will teach me.
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