Pandora’s Box of Academia & Natural Selection of Bad Science

When the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Science simply become the Corrupted.

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This post is a cautionary one to budding scientists, a ‘you are not alone’ post to those in opposition to the thrall of it all and an article to create public awareness about the sickness inflicting our global scientific communities. Science, especially in Academia, is just as susceptible to disease as any living organism, since it is based on human behaviour. The sickness that plaques science is known as “Publish or Perish Syndrome” (PPS) caused by Academic Institutes and Journals who promise promotion and prestige to budding and established scientists.  In an attempt to remove the Bad and the Ugly from scientific results and only preserving the Good; afflicted individuals readily manipulate results in order to satisfy their idea of what they want the science to represent. Often afflicted individuals can be identified by their statements of justification, such as “Selective Omission” or “Clever Interpretation” of not only their own data, but other scientists’ as well. Their Ego has become more important than the honesty, integrity and trust in science and they become fooled by illusions that they’ve created themselves. Their ability to see beyond their own lies falls away as Third Eye center closes to the truth and the Throat center regularly communicates falsehoods. Science becomes a practice of betrayal, deceit and self-delusion where half-truths become all-encompassing.

“Scientists, publishers, and granting agencies need to take some responsibility, too, for creating incentives for researchers and their employers to exaggerate the significance of preliminary and isolated results.” – Oransky 2015

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If criminalists were to ‘selectively omit’ or ‘cleverly interpret’ evidence or autopsy results, they will be prosecuted for tampering with evidence. So why to PPS individuals essentially get away with fraud and general research misconduct? Because the institutions and journals have a blind-spot, which facilitates the manipulation of data, but this is a delicate balance. Too much manipulation, then perpetrators will be caught out, embarrassed, debarred or fired. Too little and the ego remains unsatisfied when the impact on promotion and prestige remain low. The Goldilocks principle applies, just enough tweaking to affect the desired outcome without setting off any alarm bells. The best lies are those with a modicum of truth and PPS afflicted individuals have mastered this technique. Some become so entrenched in their own lies that they start to believe themselves as good and accomplished scientists.

“Despite their vital importance in conveying accurate science, top-tier journals possess a limited number of publication slots and are thus overwhelmingly weighed towards publishing only novel or significant results. Despite the fact that null results and replications are important scientific contributions, the reality is that journals do not much care for these findings. Researchers are not rewarded for submitting these findings nor for correcting the scientific record, as high-profile examples attest [15,16]. This pressure to produce positive results may function as a perverse incentive. Edwards and Roy [17] argue that such incentives encourage a cascade of questionable findings and false positives. Heightened pressure on academics has created an environment where “Work must be rushed out to minimize the danger of being scooped” [18]. The range of questionable behavior itself is wide [19]. Classic ‘fraud’ (falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism (FFP) [20]) may be far less important than more subtle questionable research practices.” – Grimes et. al. 2017

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We conclude that due to large consistencies of the head of this organism with that of a lizard, its evolution is driven by selection of dragon characteristics….           – An example of the fallacies perpetuated by the Publish or Perish Syndrome

I have heard and read of several afflicted individuals who vehemently defend the lie they are living (and publishing) through statements such as “This is always how it has been done!”, “Welcome to the real world!” and “Get over it – Publish early, publish often!”… They readily force their afflictions upon others through coercion, bullying and emotional terrorism, especially of MSc and PhD students. Some non-afflicted individuals soon become victims of the Publish or Perish Syndrome and go on to perpetuate its life cycle. Those who resist are in conflict with the system and experience psychological warfare with afflicted individuals, who use subterfuge and abuse of authority (especially in the sick and unbalanced power relationship between students and supervisors) to get their way. Yet, nothing is done about it. Should any resisting individuals complain or not toe the line, they are painted as ‘trouble-makers’, ‘non-team players’ or simply told that they will not get their degrees until every part of the supervisors (the departments’ and institutions’) whims and demands are met. It creates a system of convert to PPS or commit career-suicide when you attempt to go against the system. When students fail to produce, publish or graduate on time in such a poisonous and mismanaged environment the supervisors blame the students. Subsequently, the students are the ones who suffer the financial, professional and personal consequences, since there are no checks and balances, no protection and no accountability on part of the supervisor(s), research group, department or institution. Thus, individuals who resist PPS likely despair as their work becomes corrupted and they attempt to survive until they find a way of getting out somewhat intact, but often students leave without obtaining the degree they have already made so many sacrifices for, again with no compensation.

“Research policy observers are increasingly concerned about the potential impact of current academic working conditions on mental health, particularly in PhD students. The aim of the current study is threefold. First, we assess the prevalence of mental health problems in a representative sample of PhD students in Flanders, Belgium (N = 3659). Second, we compare PhD students to three other samples: (1) highly educated in the general population (N = 769); (2) highly educated employees (N = 592); and (3) higher education students (N = 333). Third, we assess those organizational factors relating to the role of PhD students that predict mental health status. Results based on 12 mental health symptoms (GHQ-12) showed that 32% of PhD students are at risk of having or developing a common psychiatric disorder, especially depression. This estimate was significantly higher than those obtained in the comparison groups. Organizational policies were significantly associated with the prevalence of mental health problems. Especially work-family interface, job demands and job control, the supervisor’s leadership style, team decision-making culture, and perception of a career outside academia are linked to mental health problems.” –  Abstract from Levecquea et. al. 2017

PhD isn’t about scientific competence, rather it is the ability to survive and the perseverance of the authentic self publish or perish

Individuals who emerge from Academia (without contracting PPS) once they have received their degrees, likely feel that their entire education (and associated publications) has been built upon lies as the work had become completely corrupted in the end. All they could do was watch as it happened or perish. Therefore, I believe that PhD and MSc degrees are not truly a reflection of scientific competence but rather a reflection of the person’s ability to either become afflicted with PPS and conform,  or to survive the mental and emotional anguish. It is a repulsive side-effect of PPS, since those who make it out and remain non-afflicted suffer the most.

“The basic ethical principles of every scientist are intellectual honesty, which must be present in all stages of scientific work: From a hypothesis, through the appropriate choice of research methodology, analysis and interpretation of the results, including their publication.[9,10]” – Rawat and Meena, 2014.

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“Publishing is not intrinsically flawed, and conversely complete, unbiased publication is essential for scientific progress. We need a better understanding of the factors driving publication and productivity-related behaviors. This is key not only to appreciating the exceptional pressures wrought upon researchers by a strict publish-or-perish imposition, but to improving science itself. This would not only benefit those working in the field, but is crucial if public trust in science is to be maintained.” – Grimes 2017

A potential solution to PPS? How about rewarding judicious and robust scientific data? Opt for quality not quantity. Science is challenging enough that we do not need to compound the problem by loosing trust in our results and faith in our own judgement. To continue perpetuating the Publish or Perish syndrome is to ultimately lose ourselves. I do believe that honest science is to put it all out there, let the results speak for themselves and to learn from it – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

References (& Recommended Reading):

  1. Coolidge HJ, editor. United States: Books for Libraries; 1932. Archibald Cary Coolidge: Life and Letters; p. 308.                                  First use of Publish or Perish
  2. Rawat S., Meena S. Publish or perish: Where are we heading? Journal of Research in Medical Sciences : The Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. 2014;19(2):87-89.
  3. Oransky I. How Publish or Perish Promotes Inaccuracy in Science—and Journalism. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17 (12): 1172-1175.
  4. Grimes D. A., Bauch C. T., Ioannidis J. P. A. Modeling Science Trustworthiness Under Publish Or Perish Pressure. bioRxiv. 2017; 139063.
  5. Chris Woolston. Degree and depression. NATURE JOBS BLOG, 30 March 2017
  6. Levecquea K, Anseel F, De Beuckelaer A, Van der Heyden J, Gislef L. Work organization and mental health problems in PhD students. Research Policy. 2017; 46:868–879.
  7. Piers Larcombe and Peter Ridd. The need for a formalised system of Quality Control for environmental policy-science. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 2018; 126: 449-461.

– Keeping Hope Alive –

All Natural Spirit


Divination on a Budget: The Elder Futhark Runes 101

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Divination System Breakdown

Origin: Germanic
Dated: 2nd – 8th century
Type: Oracle
Number of Runes: 24
Traditional Format: Wooden disks or tiles
Traditional Size: ~ 3 mm diameter

The Elder Futhark is a set of 24 Germanic alphabet discovered in Gotland (1903) on the Kylver Stone that dates back to 400 AD. They represent one of the earliest writing scripts. It is postulated that they were inspired by the natural surroundings and life histories of the people during that time. The exact script usage and meaning of each letter has been lost to time.

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The Old English Rune Poem is of Anglo-Saxon origin, dating (8th – 9th century) well after the Elder Futhark and is used as a proxy for the rune meanings. Therefore, clear linkage of the Elder Futhark to the Rune Poem is lacking and there is much scholarly debate as to the translation of both the script and the poem. The Elder Futhark was recorded throughout history by hand, usually carved with a knife, hence the linear and angular properties of the script. The first edition of the Rune Poem was contained in a historical manuscript, the Linguarum veterum septentrionalium thesaurus
grammatico-criticus et archæologicus by George Hickes during 1703. The original manuscript (MS Cotton Otho B. X) perished in the Cottonian library fire of 1731, thus George Hickes’ edition became the only copy of the Rune Poem. Similarities of the Thesaurus to the MS Cotton Domitian A. IX sparked scholarly debate as to whether the Rune Poem was recorded in the original manuscript. Additional oddities arose due to hand-copying, translation efforts and comparisons of the Elder Futhark with the reduced Younger Futhark (9th century, Scandinavian origin, 16 runes) and expanded Futhorc (5th century, Anglo-Saxon or Anglo-Frisian origin, 33 runes). Therefore, it is postulated that both copying error and translation errors could have crept into the (re)documented versions of the Rune Poem. As such the both the translations and interpretation of the Rune Poem is very subjective.

As such, I believe it is best for anyone interested in learning this system to acquire a translated version of the Rune Poem, which resonates with you and to interpret its exact meaning for yourself. You can use the ‘traditional’ interpretations as a rough guide (such as those in Ref 2 below are a good starting point), but you will find that some of your own interpretations start to deviate from the widely used norm. This is a natural progression and personally links you to your runes. Here are my sets:

DIY Seed Runes:
Cost: R 0

Traditionally, one should make a set of runes for yourself. I have made myself a set using palm seeds, which symbolises fertility and new beginnings. I painted the runes on them, traditionally they would be carved or pyrographed – but I opted for painting so that I do not damage the seeds. These cost me near to nothing as I found the seeds, already had the paint and painting equipment. They are a great set to cast with, but their transportability is limited and also nobody would want you to fly around with them lest they carry a plant disease. Thus, I wanted to find a card set as well.

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Elder Futhark DIY Seed Runes
 Elder Futhark Travel Rune Cards:
  • Cost: R 42
  • Size: 4.5 cm x3.5 cm – fits into a matchbox even after lamination
  • Creator: TheCatHatter (All Natural Spirit’s old art alias)

These are a set of 24 printable cards available as both a PDF and JPEG file from my Online Store (@ R 25 ~ US$ 2.5). Therefore, the cost breakdown is: 1x R 25 for the digital files, 1x R 10 for printing on A4 300 mg card stock, 1x R 7 lamination of A4 page = R42. To preserve historical authenticity the set contains Proto-Norse writing, with Proto-Germanic names and English transliterations. I will also summarise the card set review with a few considerations, which can be advantageous or disadvantageous depending on personal opinion.

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Elder Futhark Runes 24 Card Digital File with Sample Water Mark


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Elder Futhark Travel Rune Cards Set of 24 all printed, laminated, cut and gilded.


  • Inexpensive (@ R 42 for South Africans, likely less than US$ 5-15 all in)
  • Easily transported
  • Spreads take up a small amount of space
  • Caters for reversals
  • No guidebook
  • No artwork on card back
  • Manual printing, lamination, cutting and optional gilding of cards (in South Africa at least, overseas POD companies are available to produce the cards for you, for example: MakePlayingCards).
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Travel Rune Cards with multi-coloured gilding

The runes are my go-to system, since they can be used as both a divinatory (passive) and magickal (active) tool. I personally use them for the latter, where I actively participate in setting the intention that I seek. I use the runes extensively for my shadow work, creative problem solving and spiritual rituals. Hence they have become a spiritual tool which I use to explore the depths of soul and to introduce some light and magick into my everyday hum-drum life.

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Travel Rune Cards in a matchbox


  1. Elder Futhark Runes 24 Card Print Out (2016). TheCatHatter aka All Natural Spirit.
  2. Oswald, B. Discovering Runes (2008). Chartwell Books Inc.
  3. Van Renterghem, A. (2014) The Anglo-Saxon runic poem: a critical reassessment. Masters Dissertation, University of Glasgow.

Rune & Flower – usesense @ pixabay


– Rune Casting –

All Natural Spirit

Acceptance of the Authentic Self & Letting Go of Restrictive Dualistic Thinking

22 September 2017, 22h02:

Spring Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere


Today is the spring equinox – it is the day of the year where the hours of darkness and daylight are equal for both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Countries in the south are experiencing a quickening as we witness the coming of spring with renewal and rebirth from the earth.

The spring equinox is aligned with Earth, a solid and comforting mass beneath our feet. The soil harbours the most abundant life on earth (the microbes!) and through working in harmony it provides nutrition that sustains all life. If we start to cultivate our souls as we cultivate the soil we will be able to renew our perspectives and live according to our most authentic selves. We are gifted with choice, which comes at a price. When our own earth becomes unmovable, shutting out parts of our psyche; it can bring spiritual dis-ease (shadow aspect). When we cultivate acceptance of every facet of our being we grow and unlock truth, happiness and harmony for ourselves and ultimately for others (light aspect). Thus, this leads to the main theme of today’s article.




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Yin and Yang:
To the dualistic mind, this seems to be a representation of opposition, but to the mind free from dualistic thinking it symbolises harmony – one side is a function of the other and working in tandem they create peace.


From the moment we are able to process information in an intelligible way, we become conditioned with dualistic thinking: Good vs. Bad, Happy vs. Sad, Black vs. White, Wrong vs. Right, Past vs. Future, Negative vs. Positive, Matter vs. Spirit, Psyche vs. Physical,  Mind vs. Body, Wave vs. Particle, and the list goes on. Yet what we do not realise is that there is a lot of falsehood in this way of thinking and that it not only restricts our opinions, tolerances and ideas – but it causes spiritual dis-ease, which manifests as physical illness and aberrant behaviours. For instance, many of us are conditioned either by society, our parents, and the community at large or even religion that the expression of emotion equals weakness (especially by men) and that crying is only reserved for hysterical women. This leads to us locking up the flow of our emotions (originating from the sacral chakra) within an unmovable cage. They become swallowed within our most basic element, the earth (at the root chakra). This is unnatural and blocks the flow of energy within the body (and ultimately to the spirit). In the dark, cold earth our emotions start to fester, they become a septic wound – much like the symbolic imagery of the Moon card from the RWS tarot. As the emotions twist and churn within this place they build up pressure and then finally one day we ‘lose it’ in either a fury of rage, falling into a depressive state of shame or become petrified with fear. This ‘break down’ further reinforces our belief that emotions are bad and must be controlled with an iron fist. So the cycle of dis-ease continues, likely leading to more physical problems such as the additions to drugs, alcohol or even food.


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Another example would be the belief that everything must be categorised – a view-point that comes from our materialistic or physical world, since labelling thinks makes it easier to comprehend our world. But this leads to other problems, when we start to place labels upon things that are not wholly physical (such as living beings, including humans). This leads to an ‘Us vs. Them’ mentality where groups deny each other basic rights and privileges based on trivial things such as financial status (poor vs. rich), religious affiliation, intelligence or ethnic background. It breeds judgemental, intolerant and non-compassionate behaviour towards ourselves, other people and even other living things, such as plant and animals. It cultivates hate within the soil of our soul’s foundation and the results is that your heart (chakra) turns to stone. Unable to realise our own hate for another being by looking at the world through dualistic lenses, we become deluded as the third eye becomes turbid with self-generated and synthetic falsehoods. We no more see a problem in discriminating against one another; our society becomes ill as our spirits fall into dis-ease. It manifests itself in society as crime, road rage, bureaucratic tick boxes based on age, gender and race. We begin to allow or deny each other benefits (or even manners and decency) based on this restrictive thinking. This only serves to cultivate more hatred and ‘Us vs. Them’ mentality. An escalating spiral of violence in all its forms, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual against ourselves and each other.


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Breaking this cycle is not easy, there is much resistance, because it suits some people to stay in this place. Others find it comfortable, because it is a conditioned and familiar environment (even if it doesn’t serve them). Therefore, many people may never see past the illusions that we create for ourselves or see the problem with the boxes that we create around our ideas and emotions. The bad is locked up in an attempt to only experience the good, when in actual fact nothing is neither good nor bad it is only our judgement that deems it so. It is also because we do not allow ourselves to live in the present enough, to fully embrace the moment and life as it is now, regardless of where we are on our journey. We are always guilty because of past behaviour or angry about past transgressions inflicted upon us directly or indirectly. We worry about the future, trying to control every stone we find upon our life’s path. I suggest this: instead of focusing all our energy and wasting our lives on these distractions, merely noise that only serves to prevent us all from reaching our potential, we must start to cultivate acceptance and mindfulness in our soul’s earthly foundation.


meditation, Dalai Lama


Therefore, lifting the lenses of dualistic thinking is greatly advantageous to us as a society. We should also learn that emotions are neither good nor bad, it is clinging to them that enslaves us, but momentary expressions are part of simply being present, being human and experiencing life in all its aspects. Also, when we stop thinking about one another as different and opposing teams, genders, ages, skin colour or even countries – we will experience a true sense of freedom and start to achieve miraculous things that we would not have deemed possible before. We simply are not in opposition with one another, because we are all of the same spirit. Similar to my left and right hand not being in opposition with one another, since they both are an unique extension of me and when they work together in harmony, I am able to achieve, create and grow as a person – just as life requires both day and night as a function of light in order to prosper. We must learn to view each other as equal physical extensions of the same spirit, each unique and independent. Obviously working together will have some challenges, but we are creative and intelligent beings – I am sure we can figure it out, much like we figured out how to cultivate the earth in order to sow and harvest food even when unpredictable factors influence the process (such as mother nature’s whim). Cultivation of the soul I believe is the true purpose of human life on earth. By being present within your own life (not comparing it to others, the past or future) we learn to accept ourselves in all our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual identities as well as accepting where we are on our journey. This leads to harmony of the spirit and true lasting happiness of the soul.


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“This quantum view of a holistic reality is in perfect agreement with one of Jung’s most important seminal ideas; that is, the archetypal idea of Unus Mundus, which Jung [27] and Marie-Louise von Franz [28] derived from characteristic medieval views of the world. In Jung’s words:
“Undoubtedly the idea of the Unus Mundus is founded on the assumption that the multiplicity of the empirical world rests on an underlying unity, and that not two or more fundamentally different worlds exist side by side or are mingled with one another. Rather, everything divided and different belongs to one and the same world, which is not the world of sense.” ([27], para. 767).
Ontologically, this archetype means that there is a reality that must be united, “apparently” divided, opposed, but beyond the illusion of matter, it is One. The reader will note the agreement of Jung’s views with the quantum view of the world…”

– Ponte, D. V. and Schäfer L. 2013


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Rejection of the authentic self leads to falsehoods of the soul, as we are locked in an illusionary life. Cultivation of acceptance and letting go of old conditioning takes great effort and dedication, but establishing new and balanced perceptions leads to personal growth. We find peace, because we start to view reality as it truly is and not as we deem it to be.


– Cultivating My Soul –
All Natural Spirit


Recommended Reading:

  1. 93 Percent Stardust by Nakita Gill on Behance.
  2. Why the Dalai Lama is wrong to think meditation will eliminate violence.
  3. Kerr, L. K. 2013. Definition: Synchronicity, Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. pp1-4, edited by Thomas Teo. Springer. Open Access
  4. Ponte, D. V. and Schäfer L. 2013. Carl Gustav Jung, Quantum Physics and the Spiritual Mind: A Mystical Vision of the Twenty-First Century. Behavioral sciences 3:601-618. doi:10.3390/bs3040601. Open Access – This is a really good article (abstract below)!

Abstract: We describe similarities in the ontology of quantum physics and of Carl Gustav Jung’s psychology. In spite of the fact that physics and psychology are usually considered as unrelated, in the last century, both of these disciplines have led at the same time to revolutionary changes in the Western understanding of the cosmic order, discovering a non-empirical realm of the universe that doesn’t consist of material things but of forms. These forms are real, even though they are invisible, because they have the potential to appear in the empirical world and act in it. We present arguments that force us to believe, that the empirical world is an emanation out of a cosmic realm of potentiality, whose forms can appear as physical structures in the external world and as archetypal concepts in our mind. Accordingly, the evolution of life now appears no longer as a process of the adaptation of species to their environment, but as the adaptation of minds to increasingly complex forms that exist in the cosmic potentiality. The cosmic connection means that the human mind is a mystical mind.”




Carina Nebula (Cosmic Potentiality) – spirit111 @ pixabay

1st Yin and Yang – johnhain @ pixabay

2nd Yin and Yang – lebensmittelfotos @ pixabay

RWS Moon Card – Wikipedia (PD domain)

Tibetan Monk – 4144132 @ pixabay

Lady of Stars – Larisa Koshkina @ pdpictures


Oracle Card Spread:

Elder Futhark Travel Runes by TheCatHatter (AKA All Natural Spirit),

WaterDrop Oracle by Nicole Hanna, Points of Five Tarot,

Oracle Bone Script Divination Cards by Benebell Wen.