BigJon@Work wrote: This is hilarious because magnetic north wanders around the globe. Are they sure this guy is a scientist?
I doubt it. All modern Islamic "scientists" must subvert the science into Koranic translations. Go look at the Islamic Calendar
to get an idea of the confusion caused by a calendar based on lunar sightings when it collides with the arithmetical Gregorian solar calendar.
When I was in Saudia Arabia for the first Gulf War I ran into educated Saudis who insist the world is flat (awkward belief for a pilot). I know the Koran doesn't exactly
say the earth is flat but apparently Islamic scholars preach that it is and few Muslims are willing to dispute that claim.
A friend who was an American physician in Saudi Arabia reported that if he took blood for a test the Saudis would ask him to put back the blood he didn't use for the test. Here again, the Koran doesn't specifically address blood donation and, apparently, many Islamic scholars say it is all right, but some Saudis are taught by uneducated Clerics that it is not alright.
There seems to be a conscious, or possibly unconscious, effort on the part of Islamic scholars to avoid looking at any science that runs afoul of the Koran. Not that they necessarily agree with the Koran, they are just afraid to be seen in opposition of Muhammad’s writings. Bad things happen to Muslims that are seen to be in opposition of Islamic teaching.
I suspect that fear is one of the reason that so few books ever get translated into Arabic. I've posted here before that the UN Arab Human Development Report 2003
tells us more books are translated into Spanish in a single year than have been translated into Arabic in the last thousand years.
It's tough to be a scientist practicing the "scientific method" in the Islamic world.