Presenting Ignorance as Knowledge: The Standard Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

One of the unique and most innovative aspects of quantum mechanics is the concept that the state of any subatomic particle cannot be known before it is measured. For instance, before we measure the position of the particle, it can be in any of many possible positions.… Read the rest

Gun Ownership and the Underlying Culture of Violence in the USA: A Culture Beyond Borders

America was recently shocked by yet another tragedy of an unprovoked gun attack on innocent victims. What made the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre particularly sickening and sad is that 20 of its 27 victims were young children aged 6-7 years. The widespread gun ownership in the USA is often and logically linked to such mass murders.… Read the rest

Free Kindle Edition of “Purification of the Mind (Jila’ Al-Khatir): Discourses by Shaikh ‘Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani”

The Kindle edition of our translation of ‘Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani’s book Jila’ al-Khatir Purification of the Mind is being promoted on all Amazon websites and is available for free for 24 hours from Sunday 16th/December at 12.00 PST. This is the book page on the Amazon US website and this is the book page on the Amazon UK website, but the book is also available on all other Amazon websites.… Read the rest

Burning the Right to Question History: The Criminalization of Holocaust Denial

Many in France and elsewhere have reacted to the vicious murder of the Charlie Hebdo journalists by expressing their unwavering support for the right to freedom of speech. They argue that although derogatory cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad offend 1.6 billion Muslims, an offensive act of this unique scale must still be protected by the right to freedom of expression of the offenders. The holiness of this right, sadly, is not as absolute as those enthusiasts suggest. Over two years ago, I wrote an article about the fact that the holocaust is the only historical event the denying of which is illegal — and that is in as many as 17 countries. I am not a holocaust denier, but I am completely against criminalizing questioning the historicity of any event. The real farce is that France is one of the countries in which a person exercising their right to freedom of speech to deny the holocaust would land them in prison. The purpose of the law? You guessed it, fighting anti-Semitism. If this farcical hypocrisy is not enough, the French constitutional authority ruled that this law cannot be extended to the denial of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey. The reason it does not apply? You guessed it, it would violate the right to freedom of speech! And let’s not forget that in 2009 Charlie Hebdo sacked one of its cartoonists over an alleged anti-Semitic cartoon. But then Charlie Hebdo used to be called Hara-Kiri Hebdo before it was banned in 1970 for a headline that downplayed the gravity of the death of Charles de Gaulle. And this is how the universal right to freedom of hypocrisy works... Read the rest

The Misguided and Counterproductive Attempts to Silence Those who Question Islamic Tradition and History

On the 28th/August/2012, the British TV broadcaster Channel 4 screened a program titled Islam: The Untold Story by historian Tom Holland. The program claims to trace the historical origin of Islam and concludes that Islam began later than traditionally accepted and was the creation of an Arab empire.test