Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Every new day we get out of bed,
launch our computers, check our mail, listen to iPods, text and make calls on our iPhones, use iPads for travel, work and play. It’s easy to miss how insanely great this all is, how Apple has led the way and how our lives are irreversibly changed for one man thinking differently. Yesterday, all those new days ended for Steve Jobs.
If you love someone, tell them.
And if you like an Apple device, thank Steve.
Posted by Gregory
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Sometimes the lights all shinin’ on me;
Other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurs to me...
What a long, strange trip it’s been.
The song “Truckin’” was recognized by the United States Library of Congress in 1997 as a national treasure.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Back in 2005, the entire Arab world had a smaller research footprint than did Harvard University.
Western science is balanced with Biblical and Toranic interpretation and Christianity and Judaism tend to be more open to these interpretations.
The Muslim view is that the Qur’an began with a divine revelation to Muhammad in 610. With an unquestioning view of Quranic perfection, the result is that Islam generally does not seek scientific understanding beyond the 7th century, an era of ignorance and superstition we now regard as the “Dark Ages”.
In fact, with 20% of all global population, Islam produces only about 1% of all scientific writing. Contrast this with Judaism, two-tenths of 1 percent of the world's population winning almost 25% of all Nobel prizes for physics.
As recently as the early 20th century the Ulama, an educated class of Muslim scholars, forbade the study of foreign language and the dissection of human bodies in Iranian medical schools.
The full pressure of the Egyptian government was required in 1961 to compel the Islamic University in Cairo to stop teaching the Ptolemaic astronomical system in which the earth is flat and the sun revolves around it.
Scientific skepticism continues to resist polio inoculation in Muslim Nigeria as “an imaginary thing created in the west.”
The world is growing smaller.
How do we become one in peace when a full one-fifth of us and growing is dedicated to religious ignorance?