“Science refuses to take root in Muslim countries” Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy

Is the Muslim world more affected by pseudoscience and superstition than any other part of the world?

Djinn Protection for your home – This is a “real thing”.

Pseudoscience – defined as statements about nature that are spurious and do not pass the test of scientific validity – is to be found everywhere. However, wherever excessive emphasis is placed upon tradition and belief, it becomes more common. For example, I have been to India multiple times and seen how even educated people there can be persuaded to believe in completely nonsensical stuff. In 1995, I saw absolute pandemonium in Delhi as hundreds of thousands of Hindus rushed to their temples after hearing that the elephant god Ganesh had been discovered drinking milk offered by his devotees. Then, after a few days Indian rationalists challenged this and actually demonstrated that it was capillary action which caused the liquid to slowly move up the elephant god’s trunk!

I could give you many more examples from India – and I’m sure you could give me plenty of examples from Italy, of weeping Madonnas – but there’s something different about Pakistan and the Muslim world, in general. Science resolutely refuses to take root in Muslim countries. It’s much harder there to summon forces against pseudoscience. Sadly, charlatans, crooks, and religious people are easily able to mislead people.

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  • Literally Hitler

    Dynamite is all the science the mohammedan desires.

  • JoKeR

    I always thought the correct way to deal with djinn was to drown them in vermouth?

    • And shake em well.

    • Alain

      LOL Personally I prefer mine with tonic.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      “I need a sedative with an olive in it.” – W.C. Fields

    • Minicapt

      What if it’s a cotton djinn?

      Cheers

  • andycanuck

    Yeah, because atheists never believe anything unscientific or just plain stupid. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go to my Anti-Global Warming meeting and then see my psychic.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Why are Jews so disproportionately numbered among scientists? Perhaps it comes from the belief that God appointed man as steward of His creations and it is therefore our obligation to learn all we can about how nature works in order to best fulfill our duties.

    • WalterBannon

      Jews are so disproportionately numbered among scientists because Jewish parents push their children to get educated and value learning.

      In contrast with Muslims who push their children to behead infidels.

      • Ed

        Keeping your dick out of first cousins also contributes.

  • WalterBannon

    “Science resolutely refuses to take root in Muslim countries”.

    That is because Muslims are barbarian savages.

  • Tokenn

    Independent thinking will get you into a lot of trouble in the Islamic world….especially if it has to do with anything that might contradict the Koran or reflect badly on their vicious Prophet. Since there are plenty of statements in Islamic scripture than are flatly contradicted by simple reality, never mind science, Muslims are ‘wise’ to avoid thinking deeply about anything….