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Abdolkarim Soroush and “Islamic Cultural Revolution” in Iran

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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Abdolkarim Soroush and his role in the

“Supreme Cultural Revolution Council” of Iran

(Closer of Iranian Universities for 3+ Years)

 

by: Ali Taalebinezhaad

May 5, 2009

As students, we have all felt the sorrow of being late to a university class. Now imagine the loss imposed to over a million of students who were prevented from going to their universities for over 3 years! This is not a hypothesis but a sad fact which happened under the title of “Islamic Cultural Revolution” in Iran by the recommendation of a council consisted of a handful of individuals selected by Khomeini about a year after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

This “Supreme Cultural Revolution Council” which was spear-headed by its theoretician Hosein Haj Faraj Dabbagh (who has nicked-named himself as Abdolkarim Soroush) wanted to “Islamize” the Iranian universities but resulted in severely damaging the scientific foundation of the universities due to the departure/purge of the majority of high ranking university professors/instructors, aside from the waste of time of 1,000,000+ students for over 3 years.

It is a few years that Abdolkarim Soroush has been lingering in the US under the title of a “Islamic Theoretician and/or Rumi expert” and pretending to be a philosopher of high moral characters as he did during the time he was heading the “Supreme Cultural Revolution Council” in Iran.  Considering that he is repeating one of his talks at UMass Boston today (May 5, 2009), I hope that the attending students feel the responsibility of asking him and he having the social/moral obligation to respond to a practical/earthy unanswered question, namely:

“Dr. Soroush,

What was your role in the

 ‘Supreme Cultural Revolution Council in Iran’

and was the effect of your council decisions

on university students and professors?”

 

I was a senior student at “Sharif University of Technology” when universities reopened. Until this day, I vividly remember the shivering feeling I got when I realized the fact that almost all of the top and hardworking professors at my university had left/purged and I had to go to 4 different universities to complete my required courses for graduation.

The other major change was that all the university students had to take a new course called “Islamic Cultures” which I passed with the top grade by reading its text book (by Motahhari) the night before the exam. And yes, the guards at the university gate would not allow the male students who wearing short-sleeved shirts to enter the university grounds (for women, not wearing Islamic hejab was against the law already)!

The adverse consequences of “Chine’s Cultural Revolution” were known to many students in Iran, even on those days, but likes of Mr. Soroush were enjoying their power seats so much so to use the history lessons for the interests of the people. You can judge him for yourself if you attend his talk but based on what I have heard from him before, he is acting like a dissident living on Mars without addressing and/or paying any attention to real and practical problems that Iranian people are facing every day.

 More Info:

Iranian Cultural Revolution of 1980-1987 (WikiPedia)

Chinese Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976 (WikiPedia)

Hell Explained (by a Chemistry Student)

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

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Hell Explained (by a Chemistry Student)

Thanks to: Fakharan

Jan. 14, 2008

 

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term. The answer by one student was so “profound” that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

 

Bonus Question:

Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

 

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:

 

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.

 

As for how many souls are entering Hell, let’s look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. ‘'’ Since there is more”’ than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.

 

Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added. This gives two possibilities:

 

If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over. So which is it?

 

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, “It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,” and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct……leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting “Oh my God.”

 

This student received the only “A”.

Can you read this text?

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

If yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too.
Olny 55% fo plepoe cna.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and we awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

Thanks to T. Mozaffari for forwarding it.

Contest: What is the temprature?

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

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Global warming has had many side effects. From unusual melting of the artic ice to abnormal weather conditions all over the world. This temperature related puzzle is simple if you use your science and math knowledge logically. Solve it and get a chance to win a prize. Here it the puzzle:

Physics teacher barges in the classroom in a cold winter morning and starts the following conversation with students:

Teacher:  ”It is brutally cold out there! It feels like ??? degrees!”

Student: “What degrees, Centigrade or Fahrenheit?”

Teacher: “Your choice, either one works.”

Student: “How could it be, Centigrade and Fahrenheit are different units?”

Teacher: “Yes, but you can use either unit for this temperature!”

 So the puzzle is this:

          “What temprature NUMBER was the teacher talking about?”

The correct answer should include the proof besides the NUMBER itself.

IMPORTANT: Submit your answers to this puzzle as a “Comment” to this post by March 20, 2007. The winner will be chosen from the submitted correct answers during the Norouz 1386 celebration of Shirin Center.

Vaccine for Preventing Cancer in Women!?

Monday, March 5th, 2007

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 A new vaccine was approved by the US FDA in June 2006 for the prevention of most cases of cervical cancer and other diseases in females caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The vaccine is called “Gardasil” and is made by Merck Inc. in NJ, USA.

This vaccine is approved for use in females 9-26 years of age and there are some movements in the US to make the vaccination of school age girls mandatory.

Young women are encouraged to consult with their doctors regarding this vaccince before getting married because it can prevent cervical cancer which women die from all over the world.

For more information, see the following sources.

Ref. for Vaccine:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cervical-cancer-vaccine/WO00120

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn3089

http://www.fda.gov/womens/getthefacts/pdfs/hpv.pdf

Ref. for HPV:

http://www.sogc.org/health/pdf/hpv_e.pdf

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/iyh-vsv/alt_formats/cmcd-dcmc/pdf/hpv-vph_e.pdf

>> Mat

Breading giant rabbits for food in North Korea

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Karl Szmolinsky of Germany has been bredaing rabbits since 1964. His favorite breed, German gray giants, weighing as much as 23 pounds and so fat they can barely hop.

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The North Koreans approached Szmolinsky in November 2006 and asked whether he’d advise them on how to start a rabbit breeding program to help “feed the population.” He accepted and took some of his giant rabbits to North Korea to start a breading program for them, apparently in an attempt to ease the nation’s endemic food shortage.

Besides genetics, the main secret in raising such huge rabbits is feeding them a lot things they like. So watch what you are eating!

It is amazing what hard work and determination can achieve.

>> Mat

Source: Boston Globe, Feb. 4, 2007

http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2007/02/04/

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