TPP Uncovered: WikiLeaks releases draft of highly-secretive multi-national trade deal
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TPP Uncovered: WikiLeaks releases draft of highly-secretive multi-national trade deal

TPP Uncovered: WikiLeaks releases draft of highly-secretive multi-national trade deal Details of a highly secretive, multi-national trade agreement long in works have been published by WikiLeaks, and critics say there will be major repercussions for much of the modern world if it’s approved in this incarnation. The anti-secrecy group published on Wednesday a 95-page excerpt taken from … Continue reading

CHART OF THE DAY: American Economic Confidence Has Collapsed In The Past Three Days
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CHART OF THE DAY: American Economic Confidence Has Collapsed In The Past Three Days

It looks like the government shutdown is finally taking its toll on consumer confidence. Gallup’s daily economic confidence index fell 5 points to -32 today, hitting its lowest level since August 2012. Gallup Daily: Economic Indexes Click on above link to go directly to the interactive Gallup index. The index recently climbed as high as 3 on … Continue reading

Solomon Asch’s Experiments on Social Conformity
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Solomon Asch’s Experiments on Social Conformity

The Asch Conformity Experiments During the 1950s, Solomon Asch conducted and published a series of laboratory experiments that demonstrated the degree to which an individual’s own opinions are influenced by those of a majority group. Together, these experiments are recognized as the Asch conformity experiments or the Asch Paradigm. The methodology developed by Asch has been utilised by many researchers and … Continue reading

Solomon Asch’s Experiments on Social Conformity
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Solomon Asch’s Experiments on Social Conformity

The Asch Conformity Experiments During the 1950s, Solomon Asch conducted and published a series of laboratory experiments that demonstrated the degree to which an individual’s own opinions are influenced by those of a majority group. Together, these experiments are recognized as the Asch conformity experiments or the Asch Paradigm. The methodology developed by Asch has been utilised by many researchers and … Continue reading

U.S. State Legislation Attempting to Prevent Atheists from Taking Public Office
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U.S. State Legislation Attempting to Prevent Atheists from Taking Public Office

This is legit, it is in current legislation as noted. Don’t think that this could ultimately prevent someone from taking public office but Jebus’s misguided politicians have been hard at work trying to bring Jebus and the state from separate bedrooms to permanent residency in a swanky sex hotel room in Tokyo! Obviously violating the … Continue reading

How to Browse the Web Like the Philosopher, John Stuart Mill
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How to Browse the Web Like the Philosopher, John Stuart Mill

By BRUCE PEABODY, guest blogger, August 9, 2013, 12:00 AM Last week, we considered how M.T. Anderson’s novel Feed lays out a set of fears about today’s electronic culture and its impact on how we think, interact and develop our moral selves. Anderson voices widespread anxieties about the internet age, but his book is rather short on solutions and hope. Today’s post proposes that we train our … Continue reading

How being called smart can actually make you stupid…
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How being called smart can actually make you stupid…

Image Credit: Shutterstock/Astudio   by NEUROBONKERS on AUGUST 17, 2013, 10:30 AM @ BigThink.com A few months ago I posted a piece which has become my most popular blog post by quite a landslide. The post covered various techniques for learning and looked at the empirical evidence for and against their efficacy based on recent research. This post is my … Continue reading

A 21st Century ‘Brave New World’
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A 21st Century ‘Brave New World’

As history unfolds before of our very eyes, from terrorism to globalisation and from free market economics to positive and negative liberty, the human race continues to struggle with its seemingly interminable identity crisis. Life and the world around us is quite far from where many of us thought it might be only 20, 15 or even 10 … Continue reading

Seven facts you need to know about the Arctic methane timebomb – Nafeez Ahmed
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Seven facts you need to know about the Arctic methane timebomb – Nafeez Ahmed

Seven facts you need to know about the Arctic methane timebomb | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment | theguardian.com Dismissals of catastrophic methane danger ignore robust science in favour of outdated mythology of climate safety. Melting ice in the Arctic. Photograph: Getty Debate over the plausibility of a catastrophic release of methane in coming decades due to thawing Arctic permafrost … Continue reading

The Distraction of Data: How brand research misses the real reasons why people buy
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The Distraction of Data: How brand research misses the real reasons why people buy

BY: DOUGLAS VAN PRAET @ fastcocreate.com In the latest in his series on neuroscience and marketing, Douglas Van Praet discusses why traditional research on “brand awareness” misses what really drives a buy, and the power of positive and negative associations in moving markets. Along with sales, marketers primarily gauge their performance by measuring awareness and brand … Continue reading