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On the Validity of 'Unknown' - Illustrated with an Example regarding the Evolution of Numbers

In our earlier posts we discussed about Science and Art, and later about evolution as a result of the prevailing uncertainty in the universe (Realizing Perfection through Uncertainty). But in this post let us polish this philosophy by taking a finer example.
Pythagoras found that the area of the two smaller sides of a triangle is equal to the area of the largest side (hypotenuse). Such a theory was perfect in their sense, because it did not pave any way for approximation. But someone asked what is the length of the side of a square which is double the area of a square of unit length. This lead to an arithmetic crisis during Pythagorean period. But ancient Egyptians had approximated the result to 7/5. But for Pythagoreans that was not enough, since they were probably addicted to the perfect result of Pythagoras theorem. Now somebody else came up to say that the side of the square is divisible by 2 if the area of the square is quadrupled. That means the side is divisible when the area is…

On Scientific Hierarchy

In this post let us try to classify and understand scientific disciplines based on the degree of complexity. We get many exciting inferences and correlations by such a classification, and hence I thought of publishing this idea in this blog.
Let us define 'complexity' as the degree of involvement of fundamental units of nature, considering maximum functional efficiency. What I mean by fundamental units is that they are the basic units of nature which cannot be further simplified by any known measurable quantity. So what are these fundamental units? Can it be those units which are dependent on others for its own existence? For example time which is considered as a fundamental unit cannot exist by itself independent of space. This makes time and space dependent on each other to maintain the constancy of the speed of light. There is much to be thought in this line, but let us restrict this post to scientific hierarchy.
I do not know if we can start from the universal constants like…

And then He created Eve

This post is in continuation to the post  Wed-Lock, Wed-Lock was a story of a lady named Crap. She displayed her beauty with pride, taking her veil away and a thousand men got attracted to her. In Wed-Lock men are compared to muscles to emphasize their physiological superiority. Men are not susceptible to monthly menstrual cycles and the burden of pregnancy. The act of displaying the beauty by crap lead to her pregnancy, and after those painful months, she delivered the burden. In Wed-Lock blood is allegorical to the baby, and ribs to her breasts. The new-born baby couldn't speak, Crap was confused, anxious. She didn't know how to dispose it, she was confused. This totally helpless piece of flesh seems to be a bigger burden now. This emphasizes the helpless nature of human baby which is very strange while compared to the newborns of other species. The paragraph ends with a divine ordainment of chastity and modesty, which is logically feministic in nature.
The nex…

Suspended Animation and The People of Cave

This post may be considered as an extension to the post 'Are Miracles 'Religious' ?' Here we try to correlate the recent scientific discovery of 'Suspended Animation' and the story of 'The People of Cave' in Quran.
Here are two original materials one below another, which is self explanatory. The first one is a talk given by Mark Roth in TED regarding Suspended Animation. Suspended animation is the slowing of life processes by external means without termination. Imagine you can preserve your friend for as many years as you wish, and boom you can make him/her alive again! That sounds outrageous, but scientists are getting closer to that. 




When we think about it, there is a striking similarity between the story of the people of cave and the recent discovery of suspended animation. As illustrated by Mark Roth, Hydrogen Sulfide which is abundant in many 'caves' are one of the most important factors of for suspended animation. In Quran it is said th…

On Entropy and Evolution

TheSecond Law of Thermodynamicsstates that the total entropy of any isolated thermodynamic system always increases over time, approaching a maximum value or we can say " in an isolated system, the entropy never decreases". This law is taken as a sufficient condition for argument against the hypothesis of evolution, thus supporting the hypothesis of spontaneous generation which is contradictory to the former hypothesis in many ways.

The implication of this argument is subject to many philosophical discussions. For example, what is the reason for this celestial configuration while the hypothesis of big-bang is an epitome of entropy? What is the reason for the hypothesis of evolution, sustainable ecosystems, the phenomenon of globalization, the self configuring nature of organs, proteins, molecules and atoms?

To understand this, we need to realize nature in a much more broader sense. When we look at the celestial configuration we often forget about the vast space surrounding it. …

Concerning Contentment [Rida]

A chapter from the book Al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq (Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth) by 'Abd al-Qadir al-Geelani

As for contentment [rida], the fundamental guidance on the subject is contained in the words of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He): 
Allah is well pleased with them, and they are well pleased with Him. (58:22) 
--and in His words (Blessed and Exalted is He): 
Their Lord gives them good news of mercy from Him, and good pleasure, and Gardens [of Paradise] in which they shall have lasting bliss. (9:21) 
Furthermore, according to a traditional report, transmitted on the authority of Ibn 'Abbas (may Allah be well pleased with him and with his father), Allah's Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) once said: 
The full flavor of true faith [iman] is tasted by one who is content with Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) as a Lord [Rabb]. 
[The Caliph] 'Umar ibn al-Khattab once wrote to Abu Musa al-Ash'ari (may Allah be well pleased…

On the Two Conditions of the Self [nafs]

A Discourse by 'Abd al-Qadir al-Geelani (42nd Discourse from Futuh al-Ghaib (Revelations of the Unseen))
"The self [nafs] has two conditions and no third: The state of wellbeing and the state of tribulation. When it is undergoing tribulation, the signs are anxiety, complaining, resentment, protest and suspicion toward the Lord of Truth (Glorious and Exalted is He), and lack of patience, contentment and compliance. Indeed, there is likely to be ill-mannered behavior, the association of creatures and material objects with the Creator, and unbelief. When, on the other hand, it is in the state of well-being, the signs are greed, impetuosity, and the pursuit of carnal lusts and pleasures. As soon as it gratifies one desire, it goes after another, belittling the blessings it already possesses, such as food, drink, clothing, spouse, dwelling and means of transport. It finds faults and defects in each one of these blessings, wanting something superior and finer that is not part of its…

Prophet

Lost, stunned, Yin approached the edge. Climbing, exhausted, Yin felt at the bottom. Approaching the end in the quest of meaning, Yin had seen his own image!
Yang, my gene, why are you here? Looking for the ship if it approaches the shore. The ship if it reaches will fill me with glory. Yin, my brother why are you here?
I have reached this point in quest of truth. Seeking the meaning to this so called life. I'm here to jump to the shore, washed by the ocean I will be no more.
Yin, my brother, we are but one. You left my soul when I was so young.