As a chemical engineer, I was genuinely troubled when I saw the announcement for a conference on the Juvenile Instructor blog: “Conference on Mormon Thought and Engineering.” I’m certainly not implying that there is anything about us engineers that might not be totally hip and exciting (“hip” is a an adjective, isn’t it? Maybe I should have said “groovy” – it’s been so long since I’ve been out). The public loves listening to engineers talk about engineering, and loves listening to Mormons talk about Mormonism. I’m just worried that bringing the two topics together might result in an overload of excitement that could put the few brave attendees into some sort of coma, so make sure you get physician approval before going. Wish I could be there!
What kind of papers might be presented at such a venue? If my sources are correct, they could include:
- “The Refiner’s Fire and the Eternal Flames of Hell: Carbon Emissions Reductions through Improved Combustion Dynamics”
- “Mortality as a Distillation Column: Fractionating into Three Kingdoms”
- “Free Energy and Maximizing Entropy: Insights from a Primary Class”
- “Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: A Granular Solids Separations Model for Optimizing the Harvest of Souls”
- “Advances in Computational Finite Element Models: Removing the Need for Faith”
Like I said, wish I could be there. Actually sounds interesting! Hope the rest of the public sees it that way.
But now for the point of this post: I’ve just added the Juvenile Instructor blog to my blog roll and am happy to report that it’s an interesting blog with a great deal of insights into Mormon history. Unlike certain blogs you may be reading at this instant, it is written by scholarly, intelligent people who know their stuff. Kudos!