Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Math and Irony

The famous Basel problem is an infinite series of the form:

It was first posed by the Italian mathematician Pietro Mengoli in 1644.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

God is Random

This is partly based on my forthcoming essay titled: 
God is Random: A Novel Argument for the Existence of God
European Journal of Science and Theology (in print, 2016).

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The perennial debate between the two camps of Creationism and Evolution is based on a fallacious assumption about chance, randomness, and God.

The creationist, by whom I mean the anti-evolution type, shuns the ideas of chance and randomness, as for him/her they are the antithesis of what the concepts of God, order, harmony, and “intelligent design” are all about.

Very often when creationists assault Darwin’s theory, they do it by pointing out how it is all based on random chance mutations, and thus an anathema to the notion of God. “How can order of high complexity come out of chance and randomness?” they rhetorically ask.

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Dark Energy and Dark Matter are Cosmic Centrifugal and Coriolis Forces

Below is my attempt at explaining the problems of dark energy and dark matter that I developed in 2010.

The two most outstanding unsolved problems of modern cosmology today are the problems of dark energy and dark matter. Together these two problems imply that about a whopping 96% of the energy content of the universe is simply unaccounted for within the reigning paradigm of modern cosmology.

The dark energy problem has been around only for about a decade and half, while the dark matter problem has gone unsolved for about 80 years. Various ideas have been put forward, including some fantastic ones such as the presence of ghostly fields and particles. Some ideas even suggest the breakdown of the standard Newton-Einstein gravity for the relevant scales.

Although some progress has been made particularly in the area of dark matter with the nonstandard gravity theories, the problems still stand unresolved. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

So, Just Who is Dhul-qarnayn?

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Dhul-qarnayn is a mysterious figure mentioned in the Qur’an whose identity has been a matter of contention and speculation to this day. Many differing theories were proposed on the identity of Dhul-qarnayn by Islamic scholars throughout the ages. This naturally has caused/been causing somewhat of a confusion. 

In this article, I am going to offer yet another opinion as to who this mysterious figure is. My goal, of course, is not to add to the confusion but rather to help eliminate it.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What is Happening in Turkey?

What do the government protesters in Turkey want? What are they trying to achieve? Is Erdogan a "dictator"? Is Turkey like Libya and Egypt or even Iran?

If you have been following the likes of CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist, the answer you would get to the above questions would be one of damning judgment.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

From ‘Midnight Express’ to a Rising Economic and Democratic Hub

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In the latest local elections that took place this Sunday, March 30, 2014, the Turkish people awarded a landslide victory (around 46%, with the main opposition trailing far behind at around 29%), and this for the third time, to the recently embattled Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (JDP) sending a strong signal to the detractors of the man. The voter turnout was at a near-record rate of about 90%.

How does he do it? How does Erdogan pull off landslide victory after landslide victory?

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Muslims and Their Chronic Intellectual Stagnation

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According to a quotation usually attributed to Einstein, insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again and yet expecting different results. In my view, this describes the state of the understanding and interpretation by Muslims of their way of life, i.e., Islam, for about the last few hundred years.