Monthly Archives: December 2011

ICL AMSA EVENT: Islam & Terrorism- Your Questions Answered

Upcoming event at Imperial College, London.

Thursday 15th December 2011,

6pm- 8pm.

Location:

Lecture Theatre 340, Huxley Building,
Imperial College,
180 Queen’s Gate,
South Kensington,
London,
SW7 2AZ

Yet another year in the Islamic calender draws to a close with increased sectarian violence and continued terrorist attacks. It is only natural for the public to assume that within the religion of Islam there must lie some justification for such horror. Imperial AMSA are thus hosting an event to dispel any such thoughts: ‘Islam & Terrorism- Your Questions Answered’ will take place on Thursday 15th of December in Imperial College, London. The event will include a lecture followed by a Q&A discussion forum. The lecture will elucidate the true teachings of Islam on the subject of terrorism and apostasy, before answering common allegations against the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The speaker will then go on to explain the origins of ‘Islamic’ terrorism, before giving what AMSA feels is the cure to the cancer of extremism.
The lecture theatre has a very high capacity. This event will show the true peaceful Islam, as well as introducing the Promised Messiah (as) so insha’Allah it will be an excellent tabligh event. It is thus vital that as well as attending and supporting the event those who can make it should try and BRING FRIENDS!
Peace be upon you,
Imperial AMSA president

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Directions: From South Kensington station either follow the subway signposted to the museums or walk north up Exhibition Road. The main entrance to the College is just past the Science Museum, in a big glass building. To get to the Huxley Building from here go straight through the main entrance and follow the elevated walkway to the far end, whereupon the walkway enters the building on level 3. Go past the stairs to your left to find LT 340, just around the corner from the entrance to the Huxley Building.

Please see the campus map below (Huxley building is designated no. 13.)

https://workspace.imperial.ac.uk/campusinfo/public/sthkencampus.pdf

Evolution – design or chance?

[by Dr. Adeel Bajwa, member of the MKA Research Association]

The key principle of Darwinian natural selection is best summarised by the man himself:

As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive; and as, consequently, there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be naturally selected. From the strong principle of inheritance, any selected variety will tend to propagate its new and modified form.  (1)

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Bee swarms behave just like neurons in the human brain

[Source for this article: http://io9.com/5866215/bee-swarms-behave-just-like-neurons-in-the-human-brain.html ]

When it comes time for honeybee swarm to split off from their mother colony and find a new place to live, something remarkable happens. To communicate most effectively, they organize themselves exactly like the neurons of a complex brain.

Sometimes, a honeybee colony grows too large, and so a swarm breaks off in order to find a possible new home, usually somewhere like a secure opening in a tree. Different bees check out different possible new homes, and those that have found a suitable landing site communicate this to the others by dancing, repeating a simple figure eight pattern that the other bees can interpret in order to know the direction and distance of their potential new home.

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The Renaissance man: how to become a scientist over and over again

[obtained from Scientific American Blog, by Ed Yong]

Erez Lieberman Aiden is a talkative witty fellow, who will bend your ear on any number of intellectual topics. Just don’t ask him what he does. “This is actually the most difficult question that I run into on a regular basis,” he says. “I really don’t have anything for that.”

It is easy to understand why. Aiden is a scientist, yes, but while most of his peers stay within a specific field – say, neuroscience or genetics – Aiden crosses them with almost casual abandon. His research has taken him across molecular biology, linguistics, physics, engineering and mathematics. He was the man behind last year’s “culturomics” study, where he looked at the evolution of human culture through the lens of four per cent of all the books ever published. Before that, he solved the three-dimensional structure of the human genome, studied the mathematics of verbs, and invented an insole called the iShoe that can diagnose balance problems in elderly people. “I guess I just view myself as a scientist,” he says.

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Newton and Enlightened Science

[The following was obtained from gonashgo Blog]
by Professor Alan Charles Kors

Isaac Newton entered Trinity College in Cambridge University in 1661. Every other college at Cambridge was dominated by the Aristotelian Scholastics, but Trinity College, Cambridge, was the one college in the university that was a Cartesian stronghold. That had a profound influence on the education of Isaac Newton because he was introduced to Descartes as an undergraduate, to Descartes’s mathematics, in particular. Descartes had founded analytic geometry, which made extraordinarily easier the sorts of calculations in which Kepler had engaged. Newton, then, early on was a student both of Descartes’s mechanical philosophy and of higher mathematics.
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Entangled Diamonds

A montage showing how two diamonds are entangledQuantum entanglement occurs when two particles interact and can still be be described by the same quantum state after being spatially separated. This has been observed for small particles and at low temperatures.

Ian Walmsley, a physicists at the University of Oxford, and his team managed to overcome these restrictions by producing a quantum entanglement on a large scale object at room temperature.  Continue reading

UCL Debate: Does Sharia Law Negate Human Rights?

AMSA ANOUNCEMENT

Alhamdulillah, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Student’s Association of UCL (UCLU-AMSA) has kindly been invited by the UCL Union Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society (UCLU-ASHS) to take part in a debate on the subject:  ”Sharia Law Negates Human Rights.” Details of the event are shown below.

The event is open to all and so you are each invited to join us on the day. There will be an opportunity for guests to put questions to the two panels. Given the nature and subject matter of the event, there is a particular need for members of AMSA UK and Majlis Ansar Sultanul Qalam, UK (MKA SuQ), to attend and support the event. Lastly, the success of any endeavour is only granted by Allah the Exalted and so we request your prayers for the success of the event.

Debate: ”Sharia Law Negates Human Rights”

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How to become a celebrity scientific expert

[sourced from BishopBlog]

Maybe you’re tired of grotting away at the lab bench. Or finding it hard to get a tenured job. Perhaps your last paper was rejected and you haven’t the spirit to fight back. Do not despair. There is an alternative. The media are always on the look-out for a scientist who will fearlessly speak out and generate newsworthy stories. You can gain kudos as an expert, even if if you haven’t got much of a track record in the subject, by following a few simple rules.

Archeology News

Archaeology meets politics: Spring comes to ancient Egypt

In a secluded stretch of desert about 300 kilometres south of Cairo, hundreds of bodies lie buried in the sand. Wrapped in linen and rolled up in stiff mats made of sticks, they are little more than bones. But their ornate plaited hair styles and simple personal possessions help to reveal details about the individuals in each grave. The bodies date from around 3,300 years ago, when the Pharaoh Akhenaten renounced Egypt’s traditional polytheistic religion and moved his capital to remote Amarna, to worship just one god: the Sun disc Aten. Continued…

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