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Is anyone a pro at set theory?  I have a 3 set Venn diagram, in which I have values for each set and the union of each set.  Is it possible to solve for the intersections based on the values that I have?  Thanks!
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I like that the NAP stigmatizes overt, physical force. The bully is cast out. However, thinking back to every social dynamic I've been in since I was five, there is an archetype even more destructive and insidious than the bully. The Mastermind. This is the kid who tries to make your life a living hell and then hides behind prohibitions on aggression when you retaliate physically. The adult analogue would be the business strategist, the oil baron who "drinks your milkshake" through strategic land purchases, or the Walmart CEO who uses his deep pockets to put local competitors out of business by offering temporary, unsustainable prices.

It seems that a society built around the NAP would actually broaden and protect this mastermind niche. I'm just curious whether anyone else has already thought of a philosophical or pragmatic counterpoint to this. 
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+Jan Bruun Andersen Walmart is not a great example.  By letting middle America buy things at lower prices, Walmart has almost certainly benefited more people than it hurt, even if affluent internet denizens don't happen to shop there.

This is likely true of most "masterminds".  The issue really only becomes a problem when someone managed to get monopoly power.
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 I'm interested in attitudes toward Islam in the conservative community. How many of you agree with  the sentiments "Islamophobe and Proud of It" and that "the only good Muslim is a dead Muslim"?  Is this a common sentiment amongst US conservatives?  I tend to think that this way of thinking is counterproductive, but I'm curious how many conservatives support it.  And what would the difference be between conservatives who  do and do not think this way?  

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Aaaaaaaand here's the leader of cair - muslim group pushing for muslim inclusion while denying ties to terrorists and denying acceptance of islamic beliefs. Specifically, having sex with under age girls. Pedophile. Main stream media reporting this? Nope. Because it runs counter to the liberal rhetoric. http://www.westernjournalism.com/shocker-muslim-group-cair-official-is-a-pedophile-caught-red-handed/
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Thanks Eric Smith. The article you added in the comment above hits close to home. In terms of the SA article, an alternative to the p-value is the focus on effect sizes...when I review a paper for a journal I always ask authors to report effect sizes. I don't worry much about p-values.
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Crisis of trust.  They are addressing the manufacturing practices, but the actual trust-killer is the fact that they kept making and selling the medicine after they knew about the contamination.  This is why people are refusing to vaccinate.
PHILADELPHIA — A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal criminal charge that it sold over-the-counter infant's and children's liquid medicine containing metal particles.
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Bright green is "looking for a job".  Must not be super urgent.
An interactive comparison of a day in the life of 147 men and 147 women without jobs.
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+Eric Smith If you like playing with the available data, grab +QGIS. Then, download the TIGER data files
http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/tiger.html

Be aware that ESRI has used a  proprietary and closed File Geodatabase format for vendor lock-in.
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Marriage equality. So, are you celebrating the protected right to voluntary contract, lamenting the loss of state sovereignty, or both/neither? 
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We are being fragmented by the Obama machine. He will not stop until he has a war.
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Anyone who meditates or takes mushrooms can understand that we are all fundamentally interconnected.  But after this epiphany, we are faced with choosing whether we have the hubris to think that we can explain, predict, and control all of these interconnections, or whether we have the sense and respect to leave them be.
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Good scientist taking a risk on something potentially huge. Crowd fund if you're interested!
 
Please consider donating to my big crowd-funded effort: an experiment to determine whether precognition can predict stock market changes!
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Better to have the APA setting acceptable standards or better to stay out of it and have no standards? 
WASHINGTON — The American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with the administration of President George W. Bush to bolster a legal and ethical justification for the torture of prisoners swept up in the post-Sept. 11 war on terror, according to a new report by a group of dissident ...
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Great podcast exploring the importance of driving big data analysis with theories of how people think.
 
Best new podcast I have discovered in 2015.  Thought I'd share with this community given the topic.  Good discussion about theoretical hypothesis driven data analysis vs. big data atheoretical approaches.
We talk to Dr. Nick Yee about game companies' use of big data and how he became a video game psychologist.
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"Vaccine denial" is a symptom of a larger crisis of trust in big institutions.

Given the choice between trusting information from a large institution that is perceived as having repeatedly lied and contrived in service of various agendas (see: NSA snooping, MKULTRA, etc) vs. trusting what "people like me" tell them, people are increasingly trusting "people like me". However, people also tend to trust academic experts, but only if they are perceived as independent. The government and other large institutions think that they are adding credibility to the findings of these experts, but their brands are actually toxic.

Until we act to engage on trust, no amount of information is going to move the needle.

http://www.edelman.com/insights/intellectual-property/2015-edelman-trust-barometer/trust-around-world/
There has been a global decline in trust over the last year, and the number of countries with trusted institutions has fallen to an all-time low.
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