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Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is suffering from terminal cancer, it was reported Friday. 
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On my mission, we asked a lady to pray about the BOM once, and when we returned, she said that she had done so, and an angel of God had appeared to her in answer to her prayers! 

We were excited... until she told us what the angel actually told her. He told her that Joseph Smith had written the BOM so he could deceive people, and sleep with lots of women. (She claimed to have no prior knowledge of Joseph Smith's polygamy before the angel told her about it).
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+Matthew J Price Amen!
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Ed Husain: The future of Mideast democracy requires engaging pluralists and modernizers within the powerful Muslim Brotherhood.
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"Experimenting with trustworthy contestation and collaboration will be the next great step in social evolution. Expect lively peace between trustworthy, bothersome rivals of conscience. The alternative, sadly, is the vulgar devastation of war."
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"With every single excommunication you excommunicate in spirit thousands of people who yesterday wondered if they belonged, and this morning have accepted that they probably don’t."

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kiwimormon/2015/05/the-foolishness-of-the-calderwood-excommunications/
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Happy Summer! It's that marrying time of year again. So it's time to share this again. 
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This is important... really really really important. Who will actually read it? I am especially hoping that my "natural health" friends will take the time to read this and "digest" what it is saying. 
“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on tel...
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Or, you do your statistics with Bayesian confidence intervals built from reasonable priors instead of using p-values, but I digress. 

But I think I will digress a tad more....

Let's say I am a frequintist, and I flip a coin once... I get heads. Now I compute p-values. I get infinite confidence that this is a double sided Heads coin. YAY, so I can stop sampling now because my confidence is infinite!!!! Done.... (and no wonder my results are bad!)

Now let's say I am a Bayesian. I put a uniform Beta over the probability of heads for my prior, and then I flip it once. I get heads. Sweet, Now I have a Beta with alpha=2 and beta=1 for my posterior. Sweet. Report that, and no one is confused. They know for sure that all I proved is that the probability that it is a double tailed coin is now 0. And I also happen to have showed that it's pretty unlikely that the probability of Heads is extremely low, say.... around .00000001 or so. That's now pretty unlikely. Excellent. Cuz... well... that's what I did... and about all I did. And now my posterior accurately demonstrates that fact.

If you follow this methodology you can do exactly what can be done from low sample statistics, and no more. Solves oh so many of our problems. 
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“The day will come when,
after harnessing the winds, the tides and gravitation,
we shall harness for God the energies of love.
And on that day,
for the second time in the history of the world,
man will have discovered fire.” 
― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

"To our most bitter opponents we say: 'We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We shall meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will, and we shall continue to love you. We cannot in all good conscience obey your unjust laws, but noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. Throw us in jail, and we shall still love you. Send your hooded perpetrators of violence into our community at the midnight hour and beat us and leave us half dead, and we shall still love you. But be ye assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer. One day we shall win freedom, but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory'" (Martin Luther King, Jr., "The Strength to Love").
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“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.” (Bertrand Russell, "Why Men Fight" 1917, pp. 178-179.)
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Hymn for the day:

This is my song, O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine;
this is my home, the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine:
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country's skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;
but other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
and skies are everywhere as blue as mine:
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
a song of peace for their land and for mine.

This is my song, O God of all the nations,
a prayer that peace transcends in every place;
and yet I pray for my beloved country --
the reassurance of continued grace:
Lord, help us find our one-ness in the Savior,
in spite of differences of age and race.

May truth and freedom come to every nation;
may peace abound where strife has raged so long;
that each may seek to love and build together,
a world united, righting every wrong;
a world united in its love for freedom,
proclaiming peace together in one song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8FPOjgX07c
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Brian Peffly is an assistant Scoutmaster with Columbus, Ohio Troop 192, the very same unit in which Brian earned his Eagle Scout rank, the highest award a Scout can earn. In addition to being an an Eagle Scout, an intensive care unit nurse, and a model citizen, Brian is also gay.  Last year, he was asked during an interview if he was gay and he followed the Scout Law ("A Scout is Trustworthy") and told the truth. Recently, Brian had his member...
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    BS, with minor in Ancient Near Eastern History, and served on the Ballroom Dance Team. followed by MS and PhD.
  • Woods Cross High School
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Computer Scientist, Futurist, Religious Historian, and Photographer
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James L. Carroll has a PhD in computer science, and a minor in Ancient Near Eastern history. He taught institute for several years. As a graduate student he taught Pearl of Great Price, Isaiah, and the Book of Mormon part time in the BYU Ancient Scripture department. 

He is currently a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, doing ensemble machine learning research and computer assisted raidographic analysis for nuclear stockpile stewardship. 

His interests involve artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics, linguistics, epistemology, consciousness, comparative ritual, and photography. A current list of his publications is available here: http://james.jlcarroll.net/publications/.

His home page is http://james.jlcarroll.net

Religion: 

I attend a Unitarian Universalist congregation. I am culturally Mormon. And in belief I am a theist leaning possibilian transhumanist.

Politics: Moderate conservative

My political views are a jumble of utilitarian, libertarian, conservative, and progressive ideas. And I know what you are thinking, and I revel in the contradiction. I am a moderate first, and I am the enemy of partisanism, and extremism, which I think are the causes of most of the world's problems. 
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