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Islam and science

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Another way to see the religious bias in present-day science (see previous post)  is to look at the way it is used to attack Islam. (Note: specifically science vs Islam, not science vs “religion”.)  See my paper on “Islam and Science” Indian Journal of Secularism, 15(2), 2011, pp. 14-29.

For example, consider the claim that Islam is anti-science because it does not believe in “laws of nature” or “laws of physics”.  As my paper explains, belief in “laws of nature” is part of the post-Crusade theology of Aquinas; it is no part of science. Newton himself believed that theology and thought that he was a prophet to whom God had revealed those laws. (He also thought he was born on 25 December.)  So, here we have a simple situation where science is pro-church but anti-Islam (as in Hawking’s singularities which support the church doctrine of creation against Islam).

It is true that people are still taught “Newton’s laws of physics” in school. But that is bad terminology which spreads church indoctrination. Because colonial education blindly imitates the West, this propaganda is still propagated through science teaching in schools which should have changed that long ago. Newton’s “laws” have proved to be false, and science cannot ever lay claim to any eternal truth. Science only constructs fallible models.

 

 

The religious bias in mathematics and science

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

The following papers were published in July on my teaching experiments on calculus. (Should have blogged about it long ago.)

“Teaching mathematics with a new philosophy”, 

Formal mathematics is difficult because of the church metaphysics in it, which has nil practical value. The simple solution is to teach calculus for practical purposes, the way it historically developed in India, together with the philosophy of zeroism. It works!

This religious bias in mathematics crept into Newtonian physics through calculus in a subtle way, and into Stephen Hawking’s singularity theory in a not so subtle way.

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Hawking’s singularities are about the failure of the metric tensor to be twice continuously differentiable. This is absurdly interpreted by Hawking to mean a “moment of creation”,  at which the “laws” of physics fail! See the earlier blog on Hawking.