Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Difference between Scientific & Religious Approach

By Omar Javaid

The scientific approach incorporates rational and empirical analysis to reach to conclusions. Being rational scientific approach look for empirically verifiable causes of anything which happens or exists. Like the creation of the universe, world, life, and every thing else. Scientific method takes the falsification approach to disprove the claims made by previous scientists, and accepts a claim until it’s falsified with evidence. In this context any claim which isn't falsifiable like religious narrative about the nature of world, life & its purpose, the Creator & its characteristics, and the life after death or judgment day etc. is rather termed as superstitious by science.

Religion on the other hand considers revelation or wahi and its interpretation by the prophets to be the final authority. All answered given by divine scriptures and the prophets regarding the questions about life, death and this world or the next one will be considered definitive. Religion however does not restrict the use of logic and experience until and unless they remains within the prescribed boundaries and facilitates in the process of submission to the divine will. In view of Quran a person is only intelligent if he recognizes the truth as described in Quran itself and uses his observations of the world to further strengthen his belief. This however is an absurdity in the light of scientific approach.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Some Interesting Fa​cts about Intolerance and Violence in Pakistan

There has been an unending stream of propaganda against Pakistan ever since she decided to go nuclear. She is variously described as a violent country, failed and most dangerous state, hub of terrorism where women are mercilessly abused, etc. etc. Given the repetition, over time, such depictions are bound to make unsuspecting people accept these as facts especially when the media do their best to prevent the true picture from being presented.

The media in Pakistan are complicit, if not the protagonists, in this nefarious game to create alarm abroad and induce despondence at home to make people lose hope and faith in the future. Facts are misrepresented and positive developments ignored to create dissatisfaction, resentment and instability in the country. This is an attempt to clarify a few of the more common negative perceptions that abound both in the media and on the Internet.

To understand a country one has to really know the ethos of its people. This is not always easy for someone who is not a part of the culture. The inability to understand often leads to poor judgement and miscalculation. Just to give one example, an oft repeated joint US National Intelligence Council and CIA report released in 2000 predicted: “by year 2015 Pakistan would be a failed state, ripe with civil war, bloodshed, inter-provincial rivalries and a struggle for control of its nuclear weapons and complete Talibanisation”. 2015 is almost here but the dire prediction seems nowhere near coming true.