15 Lotions, Potions, and Pills at 40 Orbits

Today (1 December 2014) is my fortieth birthday. As you might imagine, I've heard the phrase "over the hill" a few times today. By present standards, I have indeed lived about half of the life expectancy for American males. But standards change. By past standards, I've already lived more than a full lifetime. By future standards? Well, remember I'm a Transhumanist. I think it's more likely that I'll die in an accident than that I'll die of the diseases of aging around age 80 (or 800 for that matter). Am I right? Let's hope (and work) to find out. In the mean time, I figure I can improve my odds by at least making a reasonable effort to take care of myself the old fashioned way: sleep 7-8 hours each night, exercise strenuously 3-4 hours per week, cultivate good relationships, manage stress, abstain from unhealthy behaviors like smoking, and minimize consumption of unhealthy foods like soft drinks. On top of those choices, I also use some supplements, and friends have been asking about those, so I thought I'd share that information here on my blog with all of you. In return, maybe some of you have some insights to share with me, to help me improve or change.

Self-Reliance for Reliability and Self-Transcendence

This is a transcript of a talk I gave in the sacrament meeting of my local congregation today. Your feedback, as always, is invited and welcome.

In the Hebrew Bible, we read of a fiery voice that burned as Moses wondered and questioned. “Why should I go to Pharaoh? Why should I bring the Israelites out of Egypt? Suppose I go and say, ‘God sent me’? What if they don’t listen? What if they don’t believe?” Finally, Moses concluded, “God, please send someone else.”

Catholic Authorities Teach Theosis

Most regular readers of my blog are aware of the ancient tradition of Christian authorities that teach theosis (the idea that humanity should become God, also known as divinization, apotheosis, or deification), but some may not know how broadly that tradition has endured. Of course Mormons continue to teach theosis, probably more explicitly and frequently than any other major religion, but they're not the only to do so. In fact, the world's largest denomination of the Christian religion, Catholicism, continues to teach theosis.