Month: January 2015

Academic Bullying: A Serious Threat for Free Speech & Open Scientific Debate

Mitigating Their Susceptibility

On Tuesday evening, January 13, 2015, I watched on CNN, with tears in my eyes, as an Illinois mother tearfully begged the individuals who had lured her son to join their military organization to please “Leave our children alone.” I can only imagine her sorrow and agony at the crushed expectations and hopes she had for her son’s life. That lady is one of thousands of other mothers around the world who have or are experiencing similar heartaches as a result of this ghastly debacle. In Uganda, Joseph Kony made it his specialty to forcefully abduct young children to join his rebel forces. Kony did not only abduct the children, he forced them to go back and brutally mutilate and murder their own parents as a form of initiation process to qualify them to be “real soldiers” in his army. Boko Haram forces have been abducting young children to fight both the Nigerian and Cameroonian troops. They are reported to have killed those who tried to resist them. Non-state armed groups in Syria have used children as young as 15 years to fight in battles….the list goes on and on.

There are millions of children whose lives have been irrevocably disrupted by war and armed conflict, according to Save the Children, a leading international nonprofit organization for children’s relief. Why is this important for us to know? Because being aware of a problem is being empowered. It helps individuals and organizations come together as a united force, and take steps toward protecting the children. It also helps parents take more interest into their children’s activities so that they can notice the telltale signs of potential engagement and influence from such forces. Parents should proactively talk to their children about the dangers of exposing themselves to suspicious individuals particularly through the social media, without betraying any tinge of panic or hysteria as this can only arouse the children’s interest. Above all, we need to pray for our children’s safety and give the Lord permission to work in their lives to protect them from the dark dangers stalking impressionable lives. We also need to pray for the families that have already been affected, and even for the perpetrators.

Martin Luther King Day 2015

It is one day late, but its content is as relevant as ever.

Disrupted Physician

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What about your certitude (or is it a belief?) that the mind is stronger then the genes?

the biology of belief

The Beliefs and the Genes work together.  For years, conventional science emphasized that the genes control the physical traits.  NOW, science recognizes that genes are “potentials” and the mind and the environment provide the information that controls the reading of the gene’s blueprints.  BUT, the mind’s perceptions can alter the reading of the gene’s code. As epigenetics reveals, the nervous system’s response to the environment can modify the reading of the gene to produce up to 30,000 variations of proteins from the same gene blueprint.  Clearly, the mind and its beliefs are the primary mechanism and the most powerful factor in controlling an an organism’s genetics.

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Should Addicts Be Forced Into 12-Step Rehab Programs? No (Part 2)

God is in Control (1)

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There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time…

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