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Mormon Awakenings: Episode 33: Brute Facts

Jack Naneek discusses brute facts as compared to institutional facts. He introduces the work of John Searle, the construction of social reality, and the numbers of famous basketball players.  Ruth’s journey from Moab to Bethlehem illustrates these principles and concepts at their most basic.

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2 thoughts on “Mormon Awakenings: Episode 33: Brute Facts

  1. Part of the reason I like leaving comments is to make sure I’ve listed to the episode or not… least I forget.

    I thought that in the beginning we were going to talk about fact, hard facts, and sometimes the presume facts that we hear about in the scriptures.

    How do we reconcile the latest theories from Scholars to those found within the Dominant Narrative at the time. We are going through a shift, but the dominant narrative is resisting change. How much should we push for change or just let things take their natural course?

    Should we be activists or not? Activist risk having people annoyed by their pushing for change, and there might not be a lot of fun being passive about things least things slide in the wrong direction.

    As for Ruth, good for her for scoring big time. Nowadays it almost as if girls make the first move more often than not. Guys are becoming wimps… and well with the whole dateconomics with women to men imbalance ratio. Well men can now be more picky within the church, but that’s another topic. Rambled far too long.

    • Considering those facts and reconciling with latest theories from Scholars is a worthwhile ambition in as much as one can get to the bottom of it. I think there is a resistance to any change in the dominate narrative. But, this has always been. Look back ten, twenty, thirty, a hundred years and you find the same tension between a dominate point of view and change. For me, the question is with all the time that has passed, why are things just the same, generation after generation? I suppose that’s why I like the stories of people like Ruth, who are raw and unadorn, because it makes them timeless, and more about what real and eternal and less about the window dressing of life we get so easily lost in.

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