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Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 5, Interesting) 1037

by whois_drek (#46676195) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Let me give you the view of a Mormon.

God gave Adam and Eve two commandments. 1) Don't eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. 2) Multiply and replenish the Earth.

Unlike most other Christian religions (in my understanding), Mormons don't believe that Adam and Eve were able to have children in the Garden of Eden. It was a place of innocence, free from sin and pain, and that includes the pain of childbirth. However, without childbirth, the plan of God to populate a world with his children would be frustrated.

Enter the commandments above. God, being perfectly just, couldn't subject humanity to the pain of childbirth and mortality in general unless they "chose" it by breaking a commandment--eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam and Eve couldn't fulfill the second commandment, to have children, unless they broke the first commandment.

There's no conflict between the commandments--there was no time limit given on the second commandment, so Adam and Eve could have lived eternally in the Garden of Eden without having children, yet never breaking the commandment. Never fulfilling it as well, of course.

Eve made a choice. A fully conscious, deliberate, logical choice. She chose to break the first commandment, allowing a just God to subject her pain, to allow her to "fall" from her perfect, immortal state to a mortal state and fulfill the second commandment. Adam, being logical, chose to support her in that action.

There was no punishment, no jerkiness, just a perfect fulfilling of God's plan from all the parties involved.

+ - Increasing Company Visibility to Attract Talent

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whois_drek (829212) writes "I work at a fairly young technology company and my boss has tasked me with finding new developers as the company grows. What are some good ways to find the "best and the brightest" developers, or even better, leverage social media and viral marketing to increase our company's visibility so potential hires come to us? Assume our field is on the forefront of technology so we have a small advantage there as far as garnering interest goes."

Comment: Re:This will come up (Score 5, Informative) 317

by whois_drek (#26688485) Attached to: Local Police Want To Jam Wireless Signals
Question: How the hell do you smuggle a cell phone into prison? Answer: You don't. You bribe/threaten a guard. Sure, you can smuggle a cell phone into prison. At our local county jail, the inmates tend a three-acre garden during the summer. There's no fence around it, no bars, no watch towers. Anybody could drop a cell phone or a stash of drugs into a carved-out watermelon, and it's trotted into the prison kitchen the next day. Three inmates work at the animal shelter next door as well. While the inmates hose out the kennels, people off the street walk up and down looking at animals. How can the shelter workers tell that one of the visitors isn't the inmate's cousin, dropping off a bag of drugs? It's laughably easy to smuggle things into prison, especially minimum-security ones with work-release programs.

Comment: Re:wow (Score 1) 844

by whois_drek (#26150271) Attached to: If Programming Languages Were Religions

>contemporary political issue

You have every right to your opinion, but Latter-day Saints believe marriage is an eternal and sacred commitment, not a "contemporary political issue." Hence their interest.

>By staying in their church, Mormons explicitly endorse their churches actions and stances

I completely agree.

>...the LDS church can and will inject itself and its considerable demographic and monetary clout directly and voluminously into any political debate that takes its fancy

I wouldn't doubt it. I can even tell you what political debates will take it's fancy: those involving religious issues.

I'll even toss out another idea: it has every right to do so. When you say "the LDS church" what you're really saying is "every member that belongs to the LDS church." Those members have every right to participate in the democratic process, and the "leaders" of the LDS church have as much right to preach their viewpoint to their members as the man in the commercial on TV.

>You can stay and support the actions of your church leaders, or you can leave.

Again, we're totally in agreement here. Even more-so in the Mormon church than any other, since twice a year we have a world-wide meeting where every member has a chance to *literally* raise their hand in support or disagreement with church leaders--watch it online, you'll see the actual hand-raise.

For what it's worth, I think the reason this topic is so difficult to discuss is because there's so little data to go on. I think the LDS church is concerned about the long-term effects on society, but obviously there's been no studies done.

There's no good analogy, but consider it like proposing legalizing off-shore drilling before doing environmental studies, while what little data you have shows what you consider a lot of negative effects.

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