Week of December 12, 2010

Week of December 12, 2010

My Dream of Stars

Can Islam and Science Coexist?

August 21, 2011
(was 12.12.2010)

Islamic culture was once the center of the scientific world. Today the Islamic world lags far behind the West in science and technology. What happened?

  1. Taner Edis on "Science and Religion in Islam"

    Taner Edis says the state of science is dismal in the Muslim world today.

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  2. Ziauddin Sardar on an Islamic Science

    Ziauddin Sardar, a London based scholar and cultural critic, tells Steve what’s needed now is “an Islamic science” and explains what that is.

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  3. Nidhal Guessoum on Contemporary Science in the Arab World

    Nidhal Guessoum, an Algerian born astrophysicist agrees that contemporary science in the Arab word is abysmal, but he looks back with great pride at the Golden Age of Islam.

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  4. Anousheh Ansari on Being the First Iranian Woman in Space

    Anousheh Ansari became the first Muslim woman to venture into space when she traveled aboard the International Space Station.

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    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  5. Steve Paulson on Harun Yahya

    Anousheh Ansari became the first Muslim woman to venture into space when she traveled aboard the International Space Station.

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    Average: 5 (2 votes)
  6. Coleman Barks on the Sufi Poet Rumi

    After all the debates about the Muslim world, it’s refreshing to look back at one of the world’s great mystics - the Sufi poet Rumi.

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    Average: 4.1 (11 votes)
The Cello Suites

Why Do We Love Sad Songs?

November 13, 2011
(was 12.12.2010)

Are you a sucker for a sad song? “Greensleeves.” “Yesterday” by the Beatles. For some reason, we love a melancholy tune. But why?

  1. Thomas Larson on The Saddest Song Ever Written

    The saddest music of all to many people is Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.”

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    Average: 4.6 (23 votes)
  2. Meagan Curtis on the Science of Sad Songs

    According to psychologist Meagan Curtis, the inherent sadness of the minor third is what we hear in music.

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    Average: 5 (17 votes)
  3. Bill Malone on the History of Country Music

    There are sad songs in rock, and sad songs in jazz, but the resting place for the saddest songs is clearly in country music.

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    Average: 4.6 (8 votes)
  4. Eric Siblin on The Cello Suites

    No matter what genre you’re writing for, adding a cello can increase the melancholy.

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    Average: 5 (10 votes)