Apollo Solaris

I AM God’s Divine LOVE in Action I AM God’s Divine WILL and POWER in Action. I AM God’s Divine WISDOM and INTELLIGENCE in ACTION. and I intend to bring PEACE, Love and Light to BALANCE the powers in the world – NOW! I AM APOLLO SOLARIS

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I’m Paul, and I’m 66 years young!

You’ll Never Have To “Diet” Again (Or Do “Exercises”) — If You Just STOP Eating This ONE Food Group
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Short story that I know will resonate with you…

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve experienced a number of “challenges” when it comes to my overall health, fitness and wellbeing.

I don’t have the ability to do the same kind of exercises a 30 or 40 year old can. I wish I could. But the aches and pains are too much to deal with.

I have 7 grandkids. Their energy levels astonish me. Each year I find it harder and harder to keep up with them.

I used to just chalk it up to old age.

…until a random visit to the hospital turned my life upside down.

Our local hospital was putting on a free bloodwork clinic for the community.

I hadn’t been to a hospital in years. Frankly, I hate hospitals. The thought of being hooked up to oxygen machines and being fed with tubes is absolutely terrifying to me.

But my wife insisted I go. Got to keep the wife happy 🙂 so I went.

I could see in the nurse’s face when she took my blood pressure that something was wrong.

She checked it a second time.

Then a third.

Then she looked me in the eye and said “Mr. Burge, you’re going to have a stroke or a heart attack before you leave this building.”

Apparently, I was a ticking time bomb.

I was too shocked to speak. My wife began to weep.

I realized in that moment that being overweight was no longer a “luxury” I could afford.

No longer could I say “It would be nice to lose weight.”

It had come to this: lose weight, or take a short trip to the morgue.

I thought of my son Ken. He had recently turned his own high blood pressure around and lost a lot of weight.

Whatever he was doing was working.

So I picked up the phone, rang his number and said “Son, I need a miracle. What is the quickest, surest way to lose weight?”

I braced myself, expecting him to recommend brutal military workouts or some kind of starvation diet.

But all he said to do at first was to STOP eating one particular food.

I did eat a lot of this food everyday (you probably do as well), so eliminating it from my diet would take some adjustment…

Still, it seemed too easy.

But whatever he was doing was obviously working for him, so I took his advice to heart and stopped eating this food immediately.

I still can barely believe what happened next.

First, let me share with you what I learned during that life-changing conversation.

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Lekker heksen! (Halloween) | door Mariëlle Diemel

Lekker heksen! (Halloween) | door Mariëlle Diemel

Halloween. Overgewaaid uit Amerika en we kennen het inmiddels allemaal.Image

 

Mooi uitgesneden pompoenen, verkleedfeestjes waar horror-achtige outfits de show stelen…kortom een leuk feestje zo aan het begin van het koude, natte seizoen. Maar waarom wordt dat in deze tijd van het jaar gevierd en wat houdt het in? De eigenlijke naam van Halloween is All Hallow’s Eve. De avond voor Allerheiligen. Op Allerheiligen worden de heiligen geëerd en een dag later, op Allerzielen, de doden herdacht. Deze laatste twee zijn christelijke feesten die de christenen lekker hebben overgenomen van de Kelten die rond deze tijd van het jaar Samhain vieren.

Samhein

Samhein is een jaarfeest waarop de laatste oogst wordt binnengehaald en iedereen zich klaar maakt voor de winter. Voor de Kelten begon hiermee het nieuwe jaar. Zij leefden vanuit het donder naar het licht toe en telden in hun kalender met winters en nachten. Met Samhain begint het donkere seizoen en daarmee wordt een nieuw begin geboren. Ook met Samhein worden de doden herdacht omdat, volgens de Kelten, rond deze tijd van het jaar de sluiers tussen de werelden het dunst zijn. De wereld van de doden en de wereld van de levenden staan in deze tijd het dichtst bij elkaar. Vandaar de herdenking en verering van de doden en heiligen en vandaar de focus op de dood en de ‘andere wereld’ met Halloween.

Overleden dierbaren zijn nu dichterbij

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Communicatie met overleden dierbaren zou nu makkelijker zijn omdat het ‘gordijn’ wat onze werelden gescheiden houdt zo dun is nu. Voor mij betekent Samhein een moment in het jaar waarop ik, makkelijker dan anders, twee dingen kan doen; het contact opzoeken met mijn overleden dierbaren én gebruik maken van het feit dat er een nieuw jaar begint, waarmee dit moment perfect is om oude dingen los te laten om ruimte te maken voor nieuwe dingen in mijn leven. Omdat de communicatie met overledenen nu makkelijker is dan anders kun je je geliefden aan de andere kant te hulp roepen bij het opruimen van het oude en het uitnodigen van het nieuwe.

Dankbaarheid-ritueel


Om heel bewust dit ‘nieuwe jaar’ te beginnen kun je juist nu een ritueel voor jezelf doen waarbij je eerst al het oude wat je niet meer dient loslaat om daarna de dingen die je graag wilt ontvangen, uit te nodigen in je leven. Zelf doe ik rituelen volledig op gevoel, wat ik het fijnst vind. Rituelen werken het best als je ze volledig vanuit je hart doet dus volg vooral je eigen gevoel. Om een idee te geven van wat je kunt doen vertel ik graag wat een Samhein ritueel voor mij is, gebruik er van wat je past, vul het aan waar je het nodig vindt en laat liggen wat je niet kunt gebruiken.

Benodigdheden:

– kaars(en)

– wierook, salie of andere kruiden om te branden

-pen en papier

vuurvast schaaltje en aansteker (jaaaa, we gaan een fikkie stoken! icon smile Lekker heksen! (Halloween) )

Voorbereiding

Zoals met elk ritueel is het fijn en effectief voor het resultaat om een tijd en plek te vinden waarop je niet wordt gestoord. Om de sfeer te creëren die magie uitnodigt kun je, behalve je intentie om magie uit te nodigen, zorgen dat er een kaarsje brandt, een beetje wierook of salie en je kunt bijvoorbeeld wat mooie stenen en kristallen neerleggen.

Aan de slag

* Pak pen en papier en  maak een lijstje van alles wat er in het afgelopen jaar is gebeurd waar jij dankbaar voor bent. Voor mij zijn dat bijvoorbeeld de fijne vriendschappen in mijn leven, het feit dat ik de moed had om mijn leven te veranderen waar het niet meer paste (relatie en woonplek), dat mijn werk uitbreidt, zo goed gaat en ik er nog steeds van geniet. Schrijf alles op waar jouw hart van is gevuld met dankbaarheid. Het is fijn om je ritueel te beginnen (en eindigen) met de dingen waar je blij van wordt.

* Maak nu een lijstje met dingen uit het afgelopen jaar die je graag los wil laten. Dat kunnen relaties of vriendschappen zijn die je niet meer dienen, situaties waar je graag uit wilt stappen, patronen in jezelf die je graag loslaat of oud verdriet wat je nu echt achter je wil laten. Schrijf wederom alles op wat in dit kader in je op komt.

* Maak als laatst een lijstje met alle dingen die je wilt behouden of aantrekken in het komende jaar. Dan kom je uit bij alle dingen waar je dankbaar voor bent, aangevuld met de dingen die je graag wilt maar nog niet in je leven hebt. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan meer mensen in je leven die op jouw golflengte zitten, een nieuw huis wat helemaal bij jou en je wensen past, nog meer werk waarin jij met plezier je geld kan verdienen. Let erop dat je hierin focust op wat je wél wilt en niet op wat je niet wilt. Het universum kent het woordje ‘niet’ niet, dus let op waar jij je aandacht op vestigt.

Je hebt nu 3 handgeschreven lijstjes gemaakt (handgeschreven is krachtiger dan getypt omdat jouw energie er dan meer in zit); een lijstje met dingen waar je dankbaar voor bent, een lijstje met dingen die je los wil laten en een lijstje met dingen die je wilt behouden en uitnodigen voor jouw nieuwe jaar.

Pak lijstje nummer 1 en je aansteker en vuurvast schaaltje en hou het papier in de vlam. Laat het in de valmmen opgaan terwijl je hardop of in gedachten iets zegt in de trant ‘Dank je wel voor alle dingen die op mijn pad zijn gekomen het afgelopen jaar, ik heb ze met liefde ontvangen.’ Steek daarna een beetje salie, wierook of ander kruid aan om je dankwoorden kracht bij te zetten.

Pak lijstje nummer 2 met alle dingen die je los wilt laten en laat ook deze in de vlammen opgaan. Terwijl dit gebeurt zeg dan hardop of in gedachten ‘Dank je wel voor alle lessen die ik hierdoor heb ontvangen. Bij deze laat ik alles los wat mij niet meer dient, in liefde.’ Steek weer een stukje salie aan (liefst salie omdat het reinigt) en laat alles wat je los wil laten met de rook van de salie naar boven gaan, wetende dat de ruimte die achterblijft gelijk wordt gereinigd zodat het klaar is om het nieuwe te ontvangen.

Pak lijstje nummer 3 met de dingen die je wilt behouden en uitnodigen en steek ook deze aan. Laat het in vlammen opgaan terwijl je hardop of in gedachten iets uitspreekt als ‘Dank je wel voor alles wat nog komen gaat. Bij deze geef ik al mijn wensen over aan het universum in vertrouwen dat precies dát gebeurt wat mijn allerhoogste goed dient.’

Afronding

Als alle gebrande papiertjes helemaal uitgebrand zijn, gooi het residu dan weg en ruim je schaaltje e.d. op. Blaas je kaars(en) in dankbaarheid uit, leg je kristallen terug waar ze horen en laat wat je hebt branden aan wierook, salie of kruiden uit zichzelf opbranden. Terwijl je dit doet kun je er nog voor kiezen om hardop of in gedachten uit te spreken dat je klaar bent met het ritueel, je loslaat wat je hebt gedaan en in vertrouwen bent over de gevolgen. Dit en al het voorgaande zijn suggesties, ik omschrijf hoe ik doe, volg vooral je eigen gevoel.

Het is belangrijk om een ritueel af te ronden zodat het als één geheel zijn werk kan doen voor je. Ook is de afronding belangrijk zodat je los kunt laten wat je hebt gedaan en het overlaat aan het universum hoe het zal werken voor je. Jij hoeft er nu niets meer voor te doen, alleen te ontvangen wat er op je pad komt en te genieten van wat er gebeurt.

Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain!

 

Over Marielle:

 Lekker heksen! (Halloween)

Mijn naam is Mariëlle Diemel. Ik heb een praktijk aan huis in healing, coaching & reading waarin ik mensen 1 op 1 begeleid. Ik geef workshops aan kleine groepen in Amsterdam en omgeving en ben eigenaar van ‘de Mineralenwinkel’. Ik voel & denk veel, schrijf zo nu en dan en via deze wegen weet o.a. mijn gids Merlin zich te openbaren. Boven alles doe ik graag waar ik zin in heb en probeer ik elke dag te genieten. Om mij beter te leren kennen verwijs ik je bij deze door naar mijn website www.MarielleDiemel.nl en op het welbekende smoelenboek is een deel van mijn leven openbaar te volgen.

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If you want to change the world, love a man, really love him

If you want to change the world, love a man, really love him

Find the one whose eyes are like blazing suns,
that make you look away the first time,
that pierce right through you,
blinding you to everything but the moment,
melting you into a puddle of soft pastel light,
even though you cringe at the color, pink.

The one who stops your thinking,
who sends your lashes fluttering
and all the blood rushing to your cheeks.
The slow-to-speak-one,
whose smile is like a flute,
who summons honey bee songs,
blossom songs and morning bird songs
with his listening.

The fallen-sky-one with the mark on his back,
where he lost his feathers from flying too close to a star.

The broken one in search of his wings,
who tells you the story of how to make fire.

If you want to change the world, love a man
beyond your fear of being burned.

Beyond unforgiveness and the walls you’ve built
to protect your sovereignity and anonymity.

Love him beyond old wounds and lies
you believed to be truth,
the hole in your heart from an absent father,
the scar on your sacred flower left by thieves.

Beyond past lives and the memory
you keep like a shrine to betrayal
when you fell to your knees in the ashes of your village,
and love became a field of bones.

Lift your darkened face to him who stands before you.
Take his hand and let him raise you to your feet.

Trust him to hold you as you tremble and weep in his arms for all that has been lost and found in this holy instant.

If you want to change the world, love a man
Beyond your faithlessness
and your secret hatred of humanity
Beyond all your judgment and self righteous projection.

The stone on your heart is as ancient
as the thought that you had to deny His existence
to know your power.

You are no less God than you ever were.
Man is no more guilty than Woman is innocent.

Love him for bearing the burden of desire in his sex
so your temple could remain whole unto itself-
for taking on the split aspect of mind
that seemed to abandon the oneness of heaven
so that you might know the joy of Its extension.

Love the ecstatic, primal root
castrated by religion as the root of all evil-
the channel of divine creative impulse-
that sparks the seeds of life, death and birth
from the womb of space and time.

Love the humble guardian and warrior
Man has been to Woman
even as he hunts her,
even in his drive towards self gratification,
which ultimately is the portal to soul union.

Love the violator who holds the mirror
to everything you have disowned within yourself-
so that all your desire, your creative impulse
may be freed
from the chains of separation, lack and guilt
and you can finally trust your Self.

If you want to change the world, love a man
in all his instinctual animal nature,
in all his hunger and devotion to beauty.

Love him beyond your vanity and pridefulness,
your gilded possessiveness and need to special-
beyond your well thought out conditions for safety
and all your concepts of how a man
should be in relationship.

Love him beyond your anger at not getting your way,
beyond your terror of not knowing or being in control.

Love him in his relentless pursuit
to penetrate the deepest sanctuaries within you,
that hold the chaos of your strongest emotions,
your carefully guarded secrets of separation
between light and dark, virgin and whore,
man and woman, spirit and form.

Love him for opening the door to sensuality,
to your primordial self that is beyond duality,
for binding you to pleasure
even as the air closes in around you,
even as you writhe with madness,
cursing your incarnation as the enemy-
even as you contract and claw,
crying out in despair, such joy it brings.

Love him for not yielding
to your resistance to surrender-
for standing in his masculine power
even as you threaten to destroy him.

If you want to change the world, love your man
for leaving you to live his purpose,
whether it’s for a day, a week, months or years.

Love him for breaking his own heart over and over-
for holding the tension and balance
of polarity and intimacy,
of distance and closeness.

Love his need for silence and solace-
for keeping some of his mystery to himself-
not that he has anything to hide,
but so you will always have surprises!

Love his evolutionary nature
that seeks new experiences,
that can never be satisfied-
for his boundless curiosity,
that if allowed to be free
might be your own liberation
from complacency.

Love him for shining independently
from the seat of his own majesty-
for not needing, yet choosing you
from a place of knowing his magnificence.

Love him for being your patient direction and destiny-
for returning to you
your own brightness through the dark night-
for helping you to remember
the one and only relationship you’ve ever had
and tried to forget-
for bringing you to that vulnerable, powerless
abiding place of surrender
you’ve been afraid of and waiting for all your life-
where you can finally be consumed by Love-
where you can finally be claimed by God.

 

~By Lisa Citore ~

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If you Want to Change the World, Love a Woman

IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD…

@Apollo Solaris

I AM God’s Divine LOVE in Action I AM God’s Divine WILL and POWER in Action. I AM God’s Divine WISDOM and INTELLIGENCE in ACTION. and I intend to bring PEACE, Love and Light to BALANCE the powers in the world – NOW! I AM APOLLO SOLARIS

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love a woman-really love her.

Find the one who calls to your soul, who doesn’t make sense.

Throw away your check list and put your ear to her heart and listen.

Hear the names, the prayers, the songs of every living thing-

every winged one, every furry and scaled one,

every underground and underwater one, every green and flowering one,

every not yet born and dying one…

Hear their melancholy praises back to the One who gave them life.

If you haven’t heard your own name yet, you haven’t listened long enough.

If your eyes aren’t filled with tears, if you aren’t bowing at her feet,

you haven’t ever grieved having almost lost her.

If you want to change the world… love a woman-one woman

beyond yourself, beyond desire and reason,

beyond your male preferences for youth, beauty and variety

and all your superficial concepts of freedom.

We have given ourselves so many choices

we have forgotten that true liberation

comes from standing in the middle of the soul’s fire

and burning through our resistance to Love.

There is only one Goddess.

Look into Her eyes and see-really see

if she is the one to bring the axe to your head.

If not, walk away. Right now.

Don’t waste time “trying.”

Know that your decision has nothing to do with her

because ultimately it’s not with who,

but when we choose to surrender.

If you want to change the world… love a woman.

Love her for life-beyond your fear of death,

beyond your fear of being manipulated

by the Mother inside your head.

Don’t tell her you’re willing to die for her.

Say you’re willing to LIVE with her,

plant trees with her and watch them grow.

Be her hero by telling her how beautiful she is in her vulnerable majesty,

by helping her to remember every day that she IS Goddess

through your adoration and devotion.

If you want to change the world… love a woman

in all her faces, through all her seasons

and she will heal you of your schizophrenia-

your double-mindedness and half-heartedness

which keeps your Spirit and body separate-

which keeps you alone and always looking outside your Self

for something to make your life worth living.

There will always be another woman.

Soon the new shiny one will become the old dull one

and you’ll grow restless again, trading in women like cars,

trading in the Goddess for the latest object of your desire.

Man doesn’t need any more choices.

What man needs is Woman, the Way of the Feminine,

of Patience and Compassion, non-seeking, non-doing,

of breathing in one place and sinking deep intertwining roots

strong enough to hold the Earth together

while she shakes off the cement and steel from her skin.

If you want to change the world… love a woman, just one woman .

Love and protect her as if she is the last holy vessel.

Love her through her fear of abandonment

which she has been holding for all of humanity.

No, the wound is not hers to heal alone.

No, she is not weak in her codependence.

If you want to change the world… love a woman

all the way through

until she believes you,

until her instincts, her visions, her voice, her art, her passion,

her wildness have returned to her-

until she is a force of love more powerful

than all the political media demons who seek to devalue and destroy her.

If you want to change the world,

lay down your causes, your guns and protest signs.

Lay down your inner war, your righteous anger

and love a woman…

beyond all of your striving for greatness,

beyond your tenacious quest for enlightenment.

The holy grail stands before you

if you would only take her in your arms

and let go of searching for something beyond this intimacy.

What if peace is a dream which can only be re-membered

through the heart of Woman?

What if a man’s love for Woman, the Way of the Feminine

is the key to opening Her heart?

If you want to change the world…love a woman

to the depths of your shadow,

to the highest reaches of your Being,

back to the Garden where you first met her,

to the gateway of the rainbow realm

where you walk through together as Light as One,

to the point of no return,

to the ends and the beginning of a new Earth.

~by Lisa Citore~
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Today, October 19, 2013: GLOBAL FRACK-OFF!

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Trucks am Weg nach Washington, um zurückzuholen was verloren…

Wissenschaft3000 ~ science3000

Es ist soweit – Trucks sind auf dem Weg nach Washington! (Bilder / Videos)

Oktober 11th, 2013 tommy2903

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Teilweise werden alle Spuren belegt und die Trucks fahren sehr langsam!

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Die Sympatisanten und Helfer versammeln sich auf Brücken und Jubeln den heranrollenden Truckern zu!

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Constitution Convoy Rally Denver

Veröffentlicht am 10.10.2013

Men, women, and children gather on a Denver I25 Overpass 10/9/13 in support of the truckers on their way to DC. Obama has told truck drivers and Americans alike, “It’s MY WAY or the HIGHWAY!” Well the people on this bridge and the truckers heading to DC choose THE HIGHWAY! Support their strike, buy nothing Oct. 11-13. Follow them at RideForTheConstitution.org & #T2SDA- Truckers to Shut Down America!
Music credit to C.W. McCALL “CONVOY.” I just bought his greatest hits album, and it’s AWESOME! It made me both laugh and cry. Check it out! “There Won’t Be No…

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Let’s create our own villages in the middle of urban and suburban sprawl

Vladimer Megre | official site Een wereld waar de mens in harmonie leeft – met elkaar en de natuur in al haar verscheidenheid http://www.anastasiadorp.nl/ http://www.eco-kovcheg.ru/


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Editorial: PopSci Kills Comments, Blames Global Warming, Evolution

Editorial: PopSci Kills Comments, Blames Global Warming, Evolution

Comments interfere with preaching a “scientific doctrine” (presumably a religion of sorts), according to PopSci

First they came for the BoingBoing comments, then they came for the Popular Science comments, then they came for… wait, that pretty much sums up the current state of affairs.  After BoingBoing opted to scrap its in-article comments for a forum in a few months back in June, PopSci just announced its decision to follow in suit with an article entitled “Why We’re Shutting Off Our Comments”.  This remarkable act of reader censorship is backed by a number of questionable assertions — most notably the notion that reader comments undermine the preaching of a “scientific doctrine” and that “comments are bad for science.”  

(The New York Times has also scaled back comments, disabling them entirely in some pieces.)

I. Censorship, the Tired Retreat of the Thin Skinned

These decisions may smack some as subjective or even malicious.  After all comments are arguably the digital age response to print’s “letter to the editor” — and they often contain criticisms of the article ranging from grammatical erorrs to factual oversights.  Some may view the decision to ban comments as a form of censorship, a means for writers to escape any sort of visible accountability among their audience.

And while moderation of extreme trolling is at times necessary, comments provide an essential outlet for user opinion.

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PopSci views comments as “bad for science”. [Image Source: MNN]

But PopSci argues that the evil of comments outweighs their merits.  It says that it has been ovewhelmed by “trolls and spambots” and its editor Suzanne LaBarre writes:

Comments can be bad for science. That’s why, here at PopularScience.com, we’re shutting them off.

And since the blog is about science they at least attempt to back their conclusion with a scientific study — a journal paper published by Dominique Brossard a Life Sciences Communication professor at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.  Published in the February 2013 edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Computer-Mediated Communications, Professor Brossard’s study involved perceptions of a fictious nanotechnology article, which people were asked to react to.  

People reacted neutrally when comments were disabled, but even when comments were generally positive their reactions did not noticeably improved.  However, when the reader feedback took on a “less civil” tone with people questioning the merits of nanotechnology, user perception of the publication itself (not just the topic discussed) took a decidedly negative turn.

II. PopSci Complains That Comments Interfere With Its Ability to “Indoctrinate” Readers

PopSci piece also in a roundabout way suggests it had to revoke its users’ commenting rights due to their criticisms of studies on global warming.  It writes:

A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to “debate” on television.

And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.

She cites an editorial in The New York Times voicing similar complaints.

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PopSci is preaching a “scientific doctrine” according to its top editor.
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But it is Ms. LaBarre’s use of the phrase “scientific doctrine” which should is most interesting, and perhaps telling.  The root word of indoctrination — brainwashing with a rigid set set of beliefs — is “doctrine”.  Indeed the Wikipedia entry for “doctrine” states:

Doctrine (from Latin: doctrina) is a codification of beliefs or a body of teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions, as the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system. The Greek analogue is the etymology of catechism.[1]
Often doctrine specifically connotes a corpus of religious dogma as it is promulgated by a church, but not necessarily: doctrine is also used to refer to a principle of law…

And Google Inc.’s (GOOG) built in dictionary describes doctrine as:

a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a church, political party, or other group.

Science has little to do with beliefs.  Science is the process of observation, of collecting hard, repeatable evidence.  Belief is unnecessary to a scientist who does their job right, as they are simply studying reality.

The phrase seems decidedly odd as coming from a science publication: after all isn’t open, informed debate the root of all science?  Since when has indoctrination — peddling of a set of rigid, unquestioning beliefs, most often associated with religion — become part of the scientific process?

Perhaps lack of critical feedback, user bickering, and spam may indeed improve the perception of PopSci.  But it’s hard to imagine Socrates or Plato, were they alive today, shutting the door to public commentary.  After all, as journalists we all have to remember we aren’t actually doing science — at least not at our news jobs — we’re simply trying to represent it in a clear and concise form that the public can understand and enjoy.

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Socrates chose death before submitting to censorship and surrendering his right to free thought and free expression.

While PopSci writes “we have many delightful, thought-provoking commenters,” it’s hard to escape the impression that its editors think themselves greater science minds than their readership.  Perhaps that’s why they’re so eager to “indoctrinate” readers (quite literally what Ms. LaBarre says is the site’s goals) with their superior wisdom (i.e. interpretations) of science.

But here at DailyTech we take a different view.  We reject censorship and believe in free expression.

We welcome all opinions from the novice to the professional.  We welcome respectful criticism of our authors, our articles, and the material therein, in a public place for all to see.  We don’t believe doctrines and indoctrination have a place in open scientific discussion.

At the same time we acknowledge that comments — criticism, trolling, and more — are a painful burden at times.  But it is a burden we choose to bear because we must.  Perhaps it will hurt our readers’ impressions of our site.  But journalism and science are founded upon open discourse and a receptiveness to feedback.  Once you lose that, you risk rapid loss of your accountability and credibility.

Sources: PopSciBoingBoingJournal of Computer-Mediated CommunicationsThe New York Times

 
 

Tom Engelhardt, on “American Exceptionalism”

Dogs of war and men of hate
With no cause, we don’t discriminate

Discovery is to be disowned

Our currency is flesh and bone

Hell opened up and put on sale

Gather ’round and haggle

For hard cash, we will lie and deceive

Even our masters don’t know the webs we weave

One world, it’s a battleground

One world, and we will smash it down

One world … One world

Invisible transfers, long distance calls,

Hollow laughter in marble halls

Steps have been taken, a silent uproar

Has unleashed the dogs of war

You can’t stop what has begun

Signed, sealed, they deliver oblivion

We all have a dark side, to say the least

And dealing in death is the nature of the beast

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