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MKA Astronomy Club comes to Al-Mahdi Mosque

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The newly formed MKA Astronomy Club is coming to Al-Mahdi Mosque this Saturday (29th December) night! This is your chance to learn about amateur astronomy and to try it out for yourself with a telescope-building and a stargazing session with our brand new Celestron telescope (capable of observing planets and nebulae!). For those wondering about the meaning of the universe we even have a discussion forum to satisfy your curiosity.

So don’t miss out on this wonder-filled event coming to your region this Saturday. Please note, hot drinks will be provided!

Preliminary Programme

7:30 Isha prayer
8.00 Tilawaat
8.05 Welcome Address (Muddassar Rashid – Astronomy Club President)
8.20 Gravity and Keplers Law (Foaad Tahir – Club Committee Member)
8.40 Practical session: Building Telescopes and Spectroscopes
9.15 Star-Gazing (weather permitting)
9:45 Discussion Forum: Does the universe have a purpose?

Please also note that on Sunday 10 am we have the Majlis Ansar Sultanul Qalam and Amoor-e-Tuluba workshop for all the northern regions at Al-Mahdi Mosque. http://theartofmisinformation.wordpress.com/masq-conference/

Insha’Allah it will be a productive weekend.

For further information please email research@khuddam.org.uk or contact your Regional Qaid.

MKA Astronomy Club
research@khuddam.org.uk

The Meaning of ‘Nothing’

ImageThe following is an excellent book review of “The Universe From Nothing,” by Lawrence Krauss. It is often alleged that the origin of the universe has now been explained by science, with the vacuum states described by models of quantum physics removing the need for an external cause, ie. God. David Albert, in this review of the aforementioned book, examines this idea- and his conclusions are well worth a read. Continue reading

Design, or the Illusion of Design?

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In his piece, “Our Universe. Order or Chaos?” T. Nasser has already argued against the claim made by Victor J. Stenger in “God: The Failed Hypothesis” that the universe only exhibits pockets of complexity, by pointing out that the uniformity found in the universe indicates design. This article will further deal with the same atheistic arguments, and principles. The extract in question is presented below: Continue reading

Our universe. Order or chaos?

In 2007 Victor J. Stenger, an Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Hawaii and former particle physics researcher published the book ‘God: The Failed Hypothesis’. Not only did this book prove to be a hit with other scientific atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, but it quickly jumped into the list of New York Times’ bestsellers, proving successful with the public also.

The stated premise of the book is supposedly the rational, scientific (and therefore surely impartial?) analysis of the hypothesis of the existence of a higher power (i.e. God), by examining the information available. The title of the book somewhat gives away the conclusion. Stenger believes that a rational analysis of the universe leaves a person no choice other than atheism.
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Science and Religion: A shared wonder

In a recent article in the Guardian, Jeff Forshaw a particle physicist, writes that “Science and Religion are united in a shared sense of wonder” about the universe. It is a interesting read, where Forshaw expounds on the danger of not acknowledging the limits of science.

“By overstating science’s power and not acknowledging its limitations, we risk fostering the growth of a religion-substitute, with the scientists as high priests. Such hubris not only irritates people, but more significantly it risks promoting the misconception that science deals with certainty – and that is the very antithesis of good science.”

He explains how science and religion answer a different set of questions. Science is not concerned with the meaning of life. If the universe has any point to it or not, it doesn’t matter from a scientist perspective. Irrespective, of their viewpoints, science and religion are united on one point, that our existence, and nature in general “inspires glory and wonder”.

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Making shapes

 

A friend sent the above video with the following comment, I thought I share it with all.

“I have been thinking… after watching this TED talk [see above].

It explains how very complex and beautiful forms can be made by a series of very simple rules (in the case of this talk its folding ratios) repeating many times (like fractals). There is the obvious comparison to nature here, where the simple rule can be cell division for example and the beautiful complex form could be a living organism.

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Uncovering the ‘anternet': Stanford researchers find insects’ behavior mirrors our own networks

 

By Jeff Blagdon on The Verge

 

Anternet (steve jurvetson)

Stanford professors have discovered that ants are so efficient at foraging, the way they determine how hard to look for food closely mirrors one of the main protocols underpinning the web. Had the discovery been made in the 1970s, it could have likely influenced the design of the internet, posited one of the researchers. Continue reading