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Nisar Teri Gallion Pay Ai Watan

(Posted by YLH)

A few weeks ago an ignorant little Mullah from the Jamaat-e-Islami claimed that Dr. Salam’s achievement in science was nothing compared to many other great scientists of Pakistan and that Salam got the Nobel Prize because he was a “Jewish agent”.  I suppose one of these “great scientists” he was referring to was the idiot who read his paper on “how to harness the power of genies for electricity production” at Zia’s famous “Science Conference” in International Islamic University in the 1980s.   Well this article by Kunwar Idris in Dawn shows just how amazing a scientist and how  great a patriot Dr. Salam was- especially in comparion to the crooks, cranks and madmen who have now become- to use Justice Kiyani’s apt phrase-  the chachas and mamas of Pakistan:

Abdus Salam’s 15th death anniversary went unnoticed recently. The 25th death anniversary of Waheed Murad that fell on the same day was celebrated with fanfare. They say nations which do not honour their great men cease to produce them.

Pakistan, for sure, has produced no scientist of Salam’s stature nor perhaps an actor of Waheed’s popularity. Whether it is serious research or playful acting, the national scene remains barren. Continue reading

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10 Lessons From Einstein

Albert Einstein was one of the greatest scientists to ever live. Einstein’s physics theories are still confounding scientists more than half a century after his death. In addition to his grand technical accomplishments, the kindly German doctor was also a philosopher and ethicist of the highest order. More than simply a scientist, Einstein’s legacy provides insight into a number of fields. Here are the ten lessons every student can learn from Albert Einstein, pulled directly from his quotes and sayings.
1. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”: Without the ability to dream or imagine Einstein never would have been remembered as a famous scientist. In fact Einstein even used imagination as a scientific tool by developing theories through thought experiments conducted entirely in the mind.
2. “Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.”: Not all Einstein’s breakthroughs came easily and despite his renowned intellect, he often claimed deficiencies as a mathematician. Though many claim he failed math as kid, this endearing story is not true.
3. “The only real valuable thing is intuition.”: Einstein understood the value of instinct and intuition when tackling problems. While knowledge and information are necessary, trusting your first reaction is often best.
4. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”: Falling flat on ones face is an essential part of the human experience. Failure allows time and hindsight to explore mistakes and review other courses of action.
5. “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”: Learning is a lifelong process that frequently relies more on interests and passions then official curricula. Students that follow their interests end up successful and fulfilled.
6. “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”: Despite having contributed heavily to the atomic bomb, Einstein deplored its use and lobbied American presidents to limit the weapons’ proliferation.
7. “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”: Finding solutions means finding different routes of failure. Success can only be achieved with focused effort and well thought out solutions.
8. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”: Questions are good. They shape all academic disciplines and lead to more knowledge. Unfortunately, asking questions is an easy habit to break. Einstein constantly reminded people to indulge their curiosity.
9. “Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”: For all his genius and success, Einstein was aware he would never discover all the answers. This humility and down to earth sensibility has made Einstein an icon of human thought for generations.
10. “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”: This sign hung in Einstein’s Princeton University office as a reminder of the truly important things in life: love and happiness.

This piece was sent to PTH for wider readership. It is informative and brings back the simple lessons from the otherwise magnificent genius of Einstein. RR

Albert Einstein was one of the greatest scientists to ever live. Einstein’s physics theories are still confounding scientists more than half a century after his death. In addition to his grand technical accomplishments, the kindly German doctor was also a philosopher and ethicist of the highest order. More than simply a scientist, Einstein’s legacy provides insight into a number of fields. Here are the ten lessons every student can learn from Albert Einstein, pulled directly from his quotes and sayings. Continue reading

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Evolution Is A Fact Not Theory

By Anthony J. Aschettino

It has been eighty-three years since the landmark “Scopes Monkey Trial” in Tennessee brought a legal challenge to that state’s Butler Act which effectively banned the teaching of evolution in public schools. Although John Scopes, the teacher and defendant in the trial, lost, it set in motion a long process that culminated in 1968 with the Supreme Court ruling in Epperson v. Arkansas that such laws as the Butler Act violated the Establishment Clause. While that should have been the end of the story, those who oppose the teaching of evolution have never really stopped trying to undermine the Constitution in their efforts to reintroduce the teaching of Biblical Creationism in the classrooms of America’s schools. Their latest efforts focus on nebulous ideas such as “intelligent design” and seemingly democratic ideals in phrases like “teach the controversy”. They have mostly faced setbacks, but they have had their victories as well and it remains to be seen if they will succeed in their labors to roll back the clock on science education in this country. Continue reading

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Reality Check on Imran Khan!

Posted by Malik
Courtesy: Secular Pakistan

Why the West craves materialism & why the East sticks to religion

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=9&section=0&article=11965&d=14&m=1&y=2002

By Imran Khan  (2002 ARTICLE)

“Science had replaced religion and if something couldn’t be logically proved it did not exist. All supernatural stuff was confined to the movies. Philosophers like Darwin, who with his half-baked theory of evolution had supposedly disproved the creation of men and hence religion, were read and revered.”

PITY THE GREAT CRICKETER SPENT MORE TIME ON THE GREEN RATHER THAN READING BASIC TEXTS IN SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY.  HIS IGNORANCE DISGRACES OXFORD, HOME TO ONE OF THE MOST ACTIVE PROPONENTS OF DARWINIAN THOUGHT. Continue reading

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Science & religion

We are publishing a guest post by Abbas Zaidi, an acclaimed writer. We hope that this thoughtful piece leads to a reasoned debate on this blog-zine. (RR, ed.)

The cocoon of science around our lives is so comprehensive that it has become more than a sine qua non for the world to go on today. Not only that. In the non-material, non-day-to-day affairs too science is the inevitable, formidable player. Science is a magic wand that gives credibility and validity to a concept or a methodology. It is rational and logical, and its findings and results are predictable. In the groves of Academe, anything “unscientific” stands to lose; from government funds to simple acceptability. That is why, those subjects that not long ago were purely “humanities” now proudly claim to have adopted scientific methodologies in order to be accurate, respectable, and valid. A typical humanities/arts subject tries to adopt a “scientific” point of view to earn respect. But what is the nature of science?

The answer should not be difficult on at least five counts. First, given an overwhelming preponderance of science in every walk of life; second, so much of work, time and money have been spent on science/scientific research; third, given the nature of their job, scientists operate in terms of total precision and accuracy (or predictability, an essential feature of science, will not come through); fourth, science is “open-ended”, curiosity-based and truth seeking; and fifth, scientific results are verifiable. That is why science has become a privileged route to knowledge, and it has become, as indicated above, exemplary for all other branches of knowledge. Hence as a matter of fact, there should be one clear-cut and generally agreed-on definition of the nature of science that should also provide guidelines for non-science disciplines. Do we have, then, one definition of the nature of science?

The answer, unfortunately, is No. A survey carried out by Brian J. Alters of Harvard University, reported in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (Vol.34, No 1, 1997),  shows that 176 American philosophers of science did not agree on a single definition of the nature of science. Indeed, their standpoints often contradicted one another’s. The author concludes, Continue reading

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A new book elucidates the life and work of Dr. Abdus Salam

by Khaled Ahmed

Book title: Science for Peace & Progress: Life and Work of Abdus Salam

Compiled, Edited and Introduced by Anwar Dil
Intercultural Forum Takshila Research University, San Diego/Islamabad, 2008

On reading the paper, he ran home but was accosted by cheering crowds on the way. His picture that appeared in the papers later showed him wearing turban. He later said he was hiding a nearly bald head because of the wrong haircut given him by his local barber

After his volumes on ‘wheat-man’ Borlaug and ‘rice-man’ Swaminathan, Anwar Dil is back with his monumental compilation on Pakistan’s only great scientist, Nobel Laureate Dr Abdus Salam. Since he has put together the most important written source material on the great man, his introduction was bound to become a major advance on the biographical literature available on Salam. He fascinates us by talking about the childhood of the Nobel Laureate. That part deserves to be summarised here. Continue reading

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