Thursday, August 16, 2007

Muslim Science

Taner Edis, who "...grew up in Turkey, the son of a Turkish father and an American mother, and now teaches physics at Truman State University in Missouri," when asked:

How would you assess the state of scientific knowledge in the Islamic world?

Dismal. Right now, if all Muslim scientists working in basic science vanished from the face of the earth, the rest of the scientific community would barely notice. There's very little contribution coming from Muslim lands.

Why? Because,
Islamic culture has not been as supportive of intellectual independence for different areas of life.

But really, why? Bill Whittle put it best:
because here in America, a practically broke 19 year old kid can be the President of a Corporation, that’s why. Of course some of these fail. Most of them fail, spectacularly fail, flaming wreckage, oh-the-humanity failures. I’ve had many of these, personally. More will no doubt come. It’s easy to succeed in a country that lets you fail this often and this easily.

The ingredients for greatness, goodness, success, happiness and prosperity are not hard to find, and yet so much of the world is a political and economic disaster.

Again: why?

Because folks, it ain’t the ingredients. It’s the recipe.


Update: I apologize. There is some progress in Muslim science. (H/T Gateway Pundit)

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