Good to see that NASA Administrator Charles Bolder has his priorities in order.
Bolden created a firestorm after telling Al Jazeera last month that President Obama told him before he took the job that he wanted him to do three things: inspire children to learn math and science, expand international relationships and “perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering.”
When you have to go back at least 600 years and primarily to the period between the 7th and 13th centuries for self-esteem you know something is wrong. Yeah self-esteem outreach will really work to overcome the fact that a country like Israel releases more patents in a year than all of the Arab world. Though the Islamic world could return to their heyday. All they have to do is copy the past and conquer countries with more scientific advancement and then take advantage of that until Islamic philosophy causes the same stagnation as before. Not surprising that some of the great figures of that so-called golden age were not exactly what you would call great Muslims believers. The late Fr. Jaki in his great book “Science & Creation, from eternal cycles to an oscillating universe.” goes into depth why science did not develop outside of Western Civilization and included a chapter on why Islamic philosophy itself prevented the scientific method from developing in Islamic culture. Pope Benedict’s famous Regensburg address included one of these reasons is the belief that God’s absolute transcendence understood in an extreme way leads to an idea that the laws of science could change because God is not bound to them.
But then again look how well concentrating on self-esteem worked out in our public educational system – oh wait. Yeah reminding the Arab world that they haven’t contributed hardly anything to science in 600 years is a great idea and one I am sure they will take well.
In other news:
Suspected Islamic militants have chopped off a Catholic professor’s hand in Kerala for allegedly insulting Islam in an exam question paper.
Professor T.J. Joseph was attacked on July 4 in while returning home from Sunday mass with his mother and sister, a Catholic nun.
Kochi inspector-general of police, B. Sandya, told ucanews.com that an Islamic extremist group is suspected of the crime and have arrested four people and impounded a vehicle. [Via Jay Anderson]
We need to get those suspected Islamic Terrorists some self-esteem stat!
Joseph was arrested in April last after the question paper set by him for the B Com II year internal exams sparked protests by Muslim outfits, which claimed it had hurt their religious sentiments. He was later suspended from the college and was out on bail when attacked.