"Geesi dhereb kuma jiro"

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Saudi Muslim Cleric: "Earth is flat"

BRILLIANT Saudi cleric tells his students that the Earth does NOT rotate because if it did, planes would never land at their destinations. He deserves Nobel Prize for Stupidity. His courage to publish such high-level nonsense needs appreciation. He is reading an ancient book for which he cannot be fully blamed but yet there is certain danger to this sort of study.

The tragedy for the Arabs, especially, has been who got the oil wealth. It wasn’t the sophisticates of Beirut or even the religious scholars of Cairo, but Bedouins with a bitter view of faith. The Saudis and their fellow fanatics in the oil-rich Gulf states have used those riches to drag Muslims backward into the past and to spread violent jihad. The Saudis build Muslims mosques and madrassas but not hospitals and universities.

The danger of this sort of study spreading to uneducated people is that they obtain certain sense of morality from these ancient texts. Morality is doing right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right. Today's religions were created by yesterday's ignoramuses. They do not belong in enlightened modernity, they belong in ignorant antiquity. But never attempt to correct today's religious ignoramus since people believe what they want to believe and do not wish to deviate from their comfort zones. An ancient saying bequeaths: Do not correct a fool, or he will hate you; correct a wise man, and he will appreciate you.



The Quraan emphatically states that it is a clear scripture [Q15:1], perfect [Q11:1] explained in detail [Q6:114 and 41:3]. Allah emphatically declared that he made Quraan very simple so that Muslims can understand very easily. If an illiterate Messenger (Q7.157-158, Q62:2-3) could understand Allah's word, surely even a failed school child could understand it too. Nowhere does Allah say that his words must be read with the help of its interpretations and commentaries. Therefore the apologists ' favorite statements about subject being taken 'out of context' morphs into a blatant lie here.

Quraanic interpretations and tafsirs have been invented by some wishful educated Mullahs only to hide its absurdities and contradictions. In fact, Quraan verses are mostly simple to understand and any junior school student can understand quite easily provided the reading material is given in a language they can understand. Therefore, claiming that Quraan is difficult to understand or is being quoted out of context is ludicrous and a lame excuse only to hide Allah’s myriad of inanities and flaws.

Allah's Ignorance of the North and South Poles: In polar regions, the longevity of day and night vary during summer and winter. The day gets shorter and shorter in winter until there are days or weeks of uninterrupted night. At the poles themselves, day and night alternately last for six months and all phases of the moon occur several times between sunrise and sunset. The author of the Quraan did not know about this and he only repeated earlier geocentric ideas.

It's not about intelligence or IQ it's simply about basic common sense, anyone not raised in the Biblical propaganda soup would not entertain these stories as anything other than what they are, a non technological people's attempt to make sense of a complicated world, in terms that made sense to them at the time. Yet they spread immensely through mechanisms we can all see and with predictable outcomes.

We’ve seen Saudi money at work in country after country, from Somalia to Kenya to Pakistan to Indonesia and beyond. Everywhere, their hirelings preach a stern and joyless world, along with the duty to carry out jihad (contrary to apologists’ nonsense, jihad’s primary meaning is not “an inner struggle,” but expanding the reach of Islam by fire and sword). The Wahabis initially form secretive organizations to lure unsuspecting individuals into their fold, of particular interest are the uneducated, the vulnerable, the poor, women and children. The secretive organizations only become apparent once Wahabism takes a foothold and the entire society/nation consists of bat crap crazy bearded men full of hate wanting to subjugate the vulnerable. On Kenya’s old Swahili Coast, once the domain of Muslim slavers preying on black Africans, we see a wretched Muslim slum where children, rather than learning useful skills in a state school, sat amid filth memorizing the Quraan in a language they could not understand. According to locals, their parents had been bribed to take their children out of the state schools and put them in madrassas. Naturally, educated Christians from the interior get the good jobs down on the coast. The Muslims rage at the injustice. The Christians reply, “You can’t all be Mullahs — learn something!” And behold: The Saudi mission’s accomplished, the society divided. What the Saudis care about is Islam in the abstract. Countless Muslims can suffer to keep the faith pure. Another phenomenon we witness is that the Saudis rush to plant mosques where there are few or no Muslims, or where the Wahhabi cult still hasn’t found roots. In many moderate parts of the Muslim wold, with its long tradition of humane Islam, religious scholars dismiss the Saudis as upstarts. Yet, money ultimately buys souls and the Saudis were opening mosques. And jihad violence is now an appealing brand.

The success of religion is directly proportionate to the failure of education everywhere in the world with particular peculiarity in the brown and black peoples of the world attached to the failed science of religion in modern times. Children in these communities need not be indoctrinated but inspired. Anyone who takes religion seriously should not be taken seriously. Religion reigns supreme by turning faith (the antithesis of reason) into a virtue and skepticism into a sin.

Muslims...The "good", the "bad" and the "ugly".....

The "good" Muslim

The first category is that of good Muslims. By good we mean true believers—those who follow the teachings of their prophet, the Quraan and the Sunnah to the letter, who try to emulate him in every way and are strict and pious Muslims. Since the teachings and the examples of Muhammad are full of violence and terror, the more one follows and emulates him the more radical one becomes. Muhammad raided and butchered people merely because they were not his followers. The good Muslims do the same. All the bombings and terrorism perpetrated by Muslims are replicas of Muhammad’s raids, or "ghazwa", as he called them. Taking Women as sex slaves, which the Islamic State and Boko Haram practice was also practiced by Muhammad and he sanctioned it in the Quraan (33:50; 23: 1-6; 70:30; 4:24; 66:1-2). He ordered the assassination of his critics, stoning the adulterers, chopping the hands of thieves and killing the apostates. So, the terrorists are actually good Muslims.

The "bad" Muslim

The second category is of bad Muslims. These are those who don’t practice their religion and are often ignorant of it. They may pray or chant the Quraan, but have no clue of its content. They read it for sawab (reward) without understanding it. These Muslims are ordinary people we all know. Like everybody else, some are good and some are not so good. Some of them are friendly, but they see themselves as superior, by virtue of their faith, and of “higher morals.”

Morality in Islam has nothing to do with what others understand by this word. Morality for women is to cover their hair lest it arouse sexual feelings in men. For men, it is not to shake hands with Muslim women lest it arouse them sexually, etc. Morality in Islam is primarily about genitals and their use. For example, while having sex out of marriage is considered immoral, stoning people caught in such act is not immoral. While looking at bare arms and legs of Muslim women is considered immoral, raping non-Muslim women is not immoral.

These Muslims migrate to the West to better their lives, but they segregate themselves, form isolated communities and warn their children to not learn the ways of unbelievers or take them as friends unless they intend to convert them to Islam. They give huge amounts of money to charity. But Islamic charity has nothing to do with charity. All that money goes to build mosques, print Islamic materials and promote Islam. If any of that is spent for the needy, it is to enlist them for jihad or support the families of the suicide bombers. The bad Muslims are the lifeline of Islam and the breeding ground for good Muslims. All Muslim terrorists, unless they are converts, are born in and emerge from this group. Without the moral and financial support of the bad Muslims Islam will cease to exist.

The "ugly" Muslim

Then we have the ugly Muslims. As we learned the good Muslims are not good at all, and the bad ones are not really bad people, the ugly Muslims actually look beautiful. Islam is a world down the rabbit hole. Nothing is what it is because everything is what it is not. The ugly Muslims are clean-shaven, handsome or attractive, eloquent, articulate, and highly intelligent, just the kind of people you want to hang around with. They are journalists, professors, regular guests and contributors to mainstream media. They know what to say to gain your approval and your applause. They are charming. Their words are reassuring and their faces are familiar. You like them and trust them. So why call them ugly? Because they lie! Their job is to deceive you and to make you believe that the “real Islam” poses no threat to you. These wolves in sheep clothing are the most dangerous group. Deception is deadlier than terror. Do you fear more a ferocious animal that you can see or a deadly virus that you can’t? The enemy within is a lot more dangerous.

Unlike the bad Muslims, the ugly ones are not ignorant of their religion. They know of Muhammad’s raids, rapes, assassinations, genocides, tortures, beheadings, but they deny them, twist the facts and defend him. They accuse the good Muslims of having hijacked their religion of peace when they know they lie. They claim to be reformers when they know that Islam cannot be reformed. Islam is what it is. To reform Islam one has to change the Quran. Over 70% of it must be scrapped, and the other 30% is just sheer nonsense.

These self-styled reformers don’t want to change the Quraan. They just want Muslims to practice it less. In theory it works. Even the deadliest poison in small doses is not lethal. But how can they convince all Muslims to not take their holy book seriously? This project is doomed from the start. This is either naiveté and wishful thinking, or a ruse to deceive the non-Muslims, to give them false hope so they can buy more time for Islam to take over the world, which is the goal of every Muslim, the good, the bad and the ugly. Maajid Nawaz and Reza Aslan are "ugly" Muslims.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Yididdiilada Dadkeenna

Ololihii doorashada madaxtinnimada Soomaaliya iyo loollameyaashii tartamay iyo xildhibaannada baarlamaanka ee codeeyay iyo madaxweynihii hore ee aqbalay tirsigii looga badiyay ayaa dhammaantood ah isbeddel siiyaalku tixgelin doono oo waayo badan la xusuusnaan doono. Qaabkii ay doorashadii 8-da bisha labaad, 2017-ka, ay u dhacday baa ahaa mid si walba u qurxoonaa oo qaarad walba, dal walba, magaalo walba iyo tuulo walba oo Soomaalidu ku nooshahay dunida ay si aan la koobi karin ugu riyaaqeen. Waxaa hal mar cirka isku shareeray yididdiillada dadkeennu u qabay hoggaan wanaagsan iyo dimuquraaddiyad wacan intaba.

Dhallinta oo ugu doorroonayd bulshada u hanqaltaageysay doorashada dareenkooduna aad u sarreeyay oo weliba si aan horay loo arag ugu kuurgalayay tartanka, isla markaas naawilayeen hoggaanka guulaystay gunaanadkii ayay doorashadu ugu muuqatay mid siyaalo badan uga duwanayd heerarkii/loollameyaashii/ololeyaashii hore, ayada oo ay markii hore liidatay filashadu sababo la xiriiray musuqmaasuqla baahiyay awgiis.

Lamafilaankii dhacay maalintaas waa ku yar yahay dunida saddexaad gaar ahaan Afrika. Waxa uu Soomaaliya geliyay safka hore marka loo eego hannaanka dimuquraaddiyadda dunida soo koraysa. Tobanleyaal gu’aad oo iin iyo aafo miiran leh baa hal mar isu rogay dharaaar bilicsan oo, ugu yaraan, la iloobay dhibkii iyo dhimashadii.

Isbeddelka sidaas ah culays weyn ayuu saarayaa madaxweynaha cusub oo badinayaa cadowgiisa, sababta oo ah damiirlaaweyaashii danaha gurracan lahaa oo isugu jiray sokeeye iyo shisheeye aan u turayn dalka iyo dadka oo ay riyada rumowday aydin ku tahay, waa col mar walba oogan oo fiiro iyo feejignaan gaar ahmudan. Haddii kale hog ayay gelaysaa yididdiilada dadkeenna.

Arrimaha Soomaaliya ku gedaaman,oo hawl badan sugayso, waa laga miro dhalin karaa yoolka ah in dalku caadi ku soo noqdo oo dadku nolol helo. Farogelinta dalalka deriska ah waxa ay tebaysaa in lagu xalliyo habraaca diblomaasiyadda iyo firfircooni joogtaysan oo u muujiyaya in Soomaaliya oo cagaheeda ku istaagta aysan waxyeello u gaysan doonin nabad sugiddooda.

Goor walba siyaasadda dalku waa in ay tixraacayso sixidda qaladaadkii hore soo na afjarayso wixii isafgaranwaa ah oo jira si loo tirtiro tuhun wixii jira—xataa haddii ay u baahato guddi heer qaran ah oo si joogto ah ugu hawlan samaynta/soocelinta xiriir togan. Garashada hagaagsan waxa ay tilmaamaysaa in inta uu jiro tuhun u dhexeeya Soomaaliya iyo dalalka la deriska ah ay adag tahay in dalku saldhigto. Dabcan Soomaaliya ma ay dooran karto deriska ay leedahay balse qaabka ay deriskaas u la dhaqanto ayay dooran kartaaxumaan iyo samaan.

Jeer aan hawshaas sida cad u muuqata lagu dhaqaaqin, in goor dambe laga cawdo farogelin shisheeyeed waxba ma tarayso—waa gedda Soomaalida in arrin la dhayalsado marka ay waxqabad mudan tahay hadhoow se goor dambe la calaacalo. In meel walba la la taagnaado dal hebel baa na burburiyay ama nabad noo diiday ayadu na waxba ma tarayso. Isla mar ahaantaas waa ay suurowdaa marka shaqadaas loo xilsaaro dad waayo’aragnimo leh in heshiis wacan la la yeesho dalalkaas oo ay dhammaato isximintu.

Kooxaha xagjirka ah oo sababay galtiga/soogelootiga waageeniga, waxa ay goor kasta diiradda saaraan oo abbaaraan dadka inta ugu aqoonyar oo ugu saboolsan, markaas cududda ugu weyn oo lagu la dagaallami karo waa waxbarashada dalka oo la tayeeyo oo runtii ah halis ka ag dhow nabad sugidda dalka. Dhaqaale darridii bilowday dagaallada sokeeyeed waxaa la talantaalli ahaa oo sii raajiyey jahliga faafay oo dhaqan galay oo Soomaalida nolosha la wadaagay gude iyo debedba.

Shacbiyadda madaxweyne Maxamed Cabdullaahi Farmaajo iyo yididdiilada dadweynaha oo dhinac ah iyo waxyaalihii laga bartay laylis ahaan dhibaatooyinkii dadku soomaray oo xalkooda lagu dhiirrado ayaa ah seeska laga bilaabi karo badbaadada isirka Soomaaliyeed. Sinnaanta, dhaqaalaha, arrimaha debedda, waxbarashada, iyo gebi ahaantood baahiyada jira haddii arrintu maanta joogto gorfaynta sidii waxa looga qaban lahaa waa guul!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Unreason

God has learned so much since then, things you’d think he would have known back in the day: like about germs, atoms, the shape of the Earth, the size of the Universe, etc, things "holy" books he has alleged written are wrong about. In more succinct terms it means gods don't write books, people do. But what happens when enlightened believers are confronted with these errors? They fume and point to their closest religious scholar who is arguably the least educated about the aforementioned subject(s). Free thinkers are not mocking religion, they are describing it, per the omnipresent and all knowing entity requiring the most irrational and delusional people to defend him. Here, as they examine, denounce, or satirize the gods, they are not dealing with a person, but with ideas. God was created by men in caves to explain thunder while trying to manage primitive society with little knowledge beyond their villages' borders. Now that we're not cave men and living in the era of science and knowledge we see the concept shrinking to the dust pin of historical mysticism, we need an additional level. Yet the people who still promote these stone age magical fairies have nothing to objectively feel proud/accomplished about, so they latch on to symbolic things to feel good about themselves.  

Islam and Christianity did not become major religions by the quality of their truths but by the quantity of their violence. Most religions were influenced by what they consider non-religions ... paganism. (Suppose the religious equivalent of a financial 'meltdown' is the flood ... god's meltdown ... a myth that the Abrahamic religions nicked from the pagan Mesopotamia.) No amount of prayer is going to turn a delusional fantasy into reality. Just as the gods of yesterday are the myths of today, the gods of today will be the myths of tomorrow. Religion has had several thousand years to prove it's right yet still can't do better than "wait until you're dead". There is no debating. The views are fixated. The gaps in the logic are to be ignored. Believing in a scheme of divine retribution for those who don’t believe what you believe is obviously atavistic. There is no benefit to the continuation of unreason, specifically for black/brown peoples of the world.

To call one god false then believe in another is inscrutable. Humans are supposed to experience doubt, once you experience 100% you are brainwashed beyond redemption. Human beings react to the environment and events around them in accordance with their world view/ideology, believing everything is the will of an all-powerful god is not going to inspire taking action to alleviate bad circumstances. Believers have little clue of what things like vision, hard work, sacrifice, resolve, foresight, humanity, determination, forgiveness, humility and courage mean. If you think your ideology is 'perfect' then you must search for blame externally because allegorical loquaciousness quickly discombobulates the believer more than the questioner.  

Religious 'logic' says everything must have a creator. Therefore, god must have a creator and that creator must have a creator and ... This is infinite stupidity. There is more depth to the phrase "man created god in his image" in that brain scans have found that talking about god activates the same regions of the brain as when talking about yourself by the neuroscience of religion (neurotheology). People are gripped by slogans with emotional resonance much more than they’re moved by arid data. How could anybody with half a brain believe such stories as: Muhammad splitting of the moon, a hell that matches the imagination of a 10 year old amateur horror story writer, a heaven to give Arab men erections, Muhammad flying to heaven on a flying mutant donkey, chopped up birds flying to Abraham, recording angels on your shoulders, sayings written down 200 years after Muhammad's death being claimed to be his actual words, life being a test of following a set of rules, an entire civilization being destroyed because they killed a camel, etc, etc,..?

The same phrases are repeated century after century. What's accepted and expected are repeated where each member nods enthusiastically. It's a validation mechanism to ensure nobody thinks outside the box, with Muslim-Imam-Level-Stupidity, a level of stupidity that's very rare anywhere in the world today, enforcing strict criteria for those under their grip. Muslim-Imam-Level-Stupidity begets believers remain under the control of Imams. Group-think engenders continuation of texts containing false articles and commands. And coercion or ostracizing and punishment of those who question monotheistic mysticism grandiosely professed by multitudes of ignorant followers. None of the fairy tales could regenerate without child-like followers who do not question. Religious tales were nearly always passed on verbally before the Bible and the Quraan were written.That is to imply the people who wrote the religious books only had knowledge of previous history from tales that had been passed on verbally hundreds or thousands of times.

What Muslims fail to appreciate is that a literalistic application would imply a static understanding of the Quraan. We would have to keep re-creating conditions prevalent in Mecca at the time of Prophet Muhammad. Whether "Every time their skin is roasted through we shall replace it with new skin," is literal or is a metaphor for some other unimaginable and unbearable torment whether physical, mental or spiritual makes exactly zero difference. It is still excessively cruel and sadistic and completely contradicts the claim that god is: "The Most Merciful of those who show Mercy." What one Muslim says doesn't matter because another will simply completely reject it and they'll both point to the allegedly infallible Quraan to support their views, and that is when they are not slaughtering each other on who has the right version of it. Unreason in the age of reason is in of itself a form of punishment.

Similarly, preachers re-create mystical illusions on Friday sermons every weekend asking god to destroy the non Muslims even when residing in the non Muslim countries. If the curses and blessings worked things would look like the opposite of what they are now. Fortunately curses and blessings don't build or destroy societies, under such pretense, and when things don't work out in Muslim societies the only option left is to flee to the infidels. In an environment ruled by choice if given the options of choosing where to live—to live in Sharia law compliant country or secular democracy—Muslims would overwhelmingly vote for the Sharia law and then flee to the secular democracy. Islam is a religion in its dark ages today, it has not yet experienced enlightenment similar to older religions, and nobody would be talking about it if it weren't for its violence and intolerance, and by then Muslims asking people to ignore it would be acceptable. Alas, the Quraan is printed, reprinted and passed to uneducated masses in the third world by the Saudis. While most of the world's population would cringe at the thought of going back, say, century; Muslims fantasize about going back to 7th century Arabia, all Muslim life is about that simple wish. It's all about backwardness. Scripture specifically states they aren't supposed to enjoy peace and comfort in "kufaar" lands, befriending them, associating with them. Roughly 80% of Muslims cannot read Arabic but consider the Quraan a miracle. The phrase “moderate Muslim” is an oxymoron. There are have two kinds of Muslims: Terrorist Muslims and ignorant Muslims. The former are those who know Islam well and live by its dictum. The latter have no clue about their religion and have an idealized image of Islam that has no bases in facts, they are under the illusion that Quraan exudes humanism like teachings of Buddha and Christ but with the particularity of being the only authorized version as it is sanctioned by Allah.


Believers often cannot and do not choose which religion they'll worship since it's chosen for them. They have to be told everything in a system of reward and punishment in which cultivation of personality or individual character building are omitted. Lack of individuality makes believers susceptible to committing atrocities against the (supposed) other, this makes religion the worst ideology humanity conceptualized. And while morality depends on the social environment it's individuality that best promotes empathetic consideration of the consequence of words and behavior. This makes many religious people's heads explode. They can't fathom a universe where people have to actually think, feel, and decide for themselves how to best behave. They require prophets and fraudulent clerics to tell them not to kill. There are, of course, "moderate" Muslims, but there are no theological basis for their arguments, and Arab imperialist Allah hates the "hypocrites" for they won't fight for him so that an Arab can rule supreme over them. Unreason won't permit a Somali person to understand that he/she doesn't have to be a Christian or Muslim and simply be content with one's origin!

When you have to ignore mountains of evidence to hold on to ancient myths; when you use words of others to preserve belief; when you refuse to use logic to protect fantasy, your willful ignorance does not make you a unique individual. It doesn't afford you special consideration. It means that you're just plain wrong. It means that you have nothing to add to intelligent conversation. "But I'm an expert on the bible and therefore intelligent," believed no rational thinker ever. Archaeological evidence dispels religious figures as magicians. Jesus has no historical record from the supposed era of his existence, no writings indicate a godly being, as is in other fairy tales, only magic for unsophisticated audience is apparent. It's notable that the invention of many gods occurred shortly before they were used to justify territorial conquests. Faith is a thought prison with restraints that are only seen after you are free. In Islam you grow up without a positive personal identity and are emotionally dependent on the collective because of this. Religion has always been about a collectivist view for social control. One reason that Christianity in the West has become so weak is that the elite don't need it any more. Today we do not thank gods for staving off tsunamis. Similarly, we don't sacrifice virgins to gods. Yet Muslims, for example, sacrifice an animal to Allah and then eat it (the idea behind "halal" meat). Meat not sacrificed to Allah ("meat not blessed by Allah") cannot be consumed. This practice will undoubtedly one day be considered a moral degradation just as burning witches is now considered immoral.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Top 15 Logical Fallacies

Christianity is a logical fallacy because god is basically sending himself to sacrifice himself to himself to save humanity from himself. Hindu mob recently lynched Indian Muslim for rumored killing of a cow. Hajj pilgrimsclassic example of pedant ritualistic irrelevancythrew stones at a wall supposedly containing "the devil" who has been residing there for 1400 years unmoved by previous stoning rituals even long before Islam was invented.   

(A logical fallacy is a flawed pattern of reasoning.)

#1. Argumentum ad ignorantium - Fallacy that something must be true because it has not been, or can't be, proven false.

(If you can't prove that god doesn't exist, that means he must exist.)


#2. Argumentum ad misericordia - Appealing to pity.

(Why are you so intent on destroying something that makes so many sick children happy!)

#3. Argumentum ad nauseum - Fallacy that something is likely to be true the more often it is said.

(God exists, how many times do I have to tell you?)

#4. Argumentum ad novitatem - Fallacy that something is right because it's new.

(Of course Mormonism is the true religion, Joseph Smith is the most recent prophet.)

#5. Argumentum ad populum - Fallacy that something is correct based on the amount of people who believe it.

(Look how many people believe Jesus is the son of god, they can't all be wrong! )

#6. Bifurcation - Fallacy of presenting a situation as having only two answers.

(Evolution is wrong, so that means creationism is right.)

#7. Circular Logic - The premise that what you are trying to prove is evidence of itself.

(The bible is the word of god because it says it is, and it can't be wrong, because after all, it is the word of god.)

#8. Cum hoc ergo propter hoc - Fallacy of asserting that simulataneous events must be causally related.

(With all these natural disasters happening how can you deny that god isn't punishing us?)

#9. Plurium interrogationum - Fallacy of demanding a simplistic answer to a complex question.

(If god didn't create the universe then explain what did?)

#10. Slippery slope fallacy - Fallacy that one event will inevitably lead to harmful consequences.

(If we let lesbians get married it will be the end of family values.)

#11 - Tu Quoque. The fallacy that flaws in one thing can be justified by pointing to flaws in another.

(Well the US army also killed innocents!)

#12 - Argumentum ad hominem. The fallacy that personal attack and insult is a substitute for refuting what someone says.

(You are mad, stupid, lost your job, lied when you were 17… )

#13 - Red Herring Fallacy: An argument that is irrelevant and intended to replace the lack of real arguments or to replace implicitly the subject of the discussion.

("If God is cruel then how come he gives people eternal paradise?")

#14 - No true Scotsman Fallacy used to take advantage of the ambiguity of a word:

Scotsman A: You know, laddie, no Scotsman puts sugar in his porridge.
Scotsman B: Is that so? I seem to recall my cousin Angus puts sugar in his porridge.
Scotsman A: Aye... but no true Scotsman puts sugar in his porridge.

-The fallacy lies in redefining the word "Scotsman" in order to exclude those who put sugar in their porridge.

#15. Argument from (personal) incredulity.

 ("I cannot imagine how this could be true, therefore it must be false!")

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Religious Fundamentalism: A Side Effect of Lazy Brains?

Insights from neuroscience suggest that the brain tends to automatically accept rather than reject beliefs, oftentimes independent of how logical they might be.

If there is anything that global news has shown us in the past couple of years, it’s that fundamentalism is on the rise and more pervasive than ever. Fundamentalist beliefs have driven countless beheadings, bombings, and execution-style murders by terrorist groups like IS and Al Qaeda in the last year alone. At a time when religious extremism is running rampant in large areas of the world, and steadily growing in virtually all others, finding effective ways to fight it at its core is in the interests of all free nations.

Although many complex causes of fanatical fundamentalism have been identified by a wide range of disciplines, a growing body of evidence from the field of neuroscience suggests one major contributing factor: Brains generally accept beliefs because they have to work much harder to reject them as false.

Beliefs and the Brain

Scientific research investigating the neural underpinnings of belief got its start as recently as 2008, when popular author and neuroscientist Sam Harris began a series of brain imaging studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. The concept was simple: How is the brain activated differently during a state of belief compared to a state of disbelief?

While in an fMRI scanner, participants were asked whether or not they believed in a number of statements. Sentences ranged from the very simple and fact-based (California is larger than Rhode Island), to the abstract and highly subjective (God probably does not exist). The data revealed activation of distinct but sometimes overlapping brain areas during belief versus disbelief conditions.

Additionally, the scans clearly showed something that was more straightforward. Brain activation, overall, was much greater and persisted longer during states of disbelief. This is important because neuroscience has long shown that greater brain activity requires more mental resources, of which there is a limited supply. A cognitive process that demands little mental resources, such as believing, is less work for the brain and therefore favored. This concept was summed up nicely in a 2015 NewScientist cover story on the science of beliefs, which stated, “Harris’ results were widely interpreted as further confirmation that the default state of the human brain is to accept. Belief comes easily; doubt takes effort.”

This finding has great implications for understanding the factors involved in human behavior and decision-making. We all know that our beliefs strongly guide our actions and shape our moral and political attitudes. Since the brain tends to accept ideas rather than reject them, those raised in cultures that promote religious indoctrination of children at a very early age—long before they are taught science, if taught science at all—are more susceptible to holding fundamentalist beliefs later in life.

Further evidence supporting the notion that the brain favors believing comes from classic psychology experiments with children. Many studies have shown the perhaps common sense idea that young children are prone to believe what they are told rather than reject it. The latter involves an evaluation phase that the former does not, which again places more demands on the brain’s limited resources. Suggestibility and gullibility, in a sense, come naturally.

For most Americans, childhood years were spent believing in magical figures like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny. All over the world, children have undoubted faith in whatever supernatural beings have been introduced to them by their family and reinforced by their schools and social networks. However, it is important to emphasize that the tendency to believe in ideas effortlessly and automatically is shared by children and adults alike. Although more pronounced in children, a bias toward the less-demanding process of believing remains throughout life.

Science-Based Solutions

Such data-informed insights may offer solutions to the problem of widespread fundamentalism that is fueling many Islamic terror groups in the Middle East and Western nations alike.

At present, in most homes around the world, regardless of the religion, mystical explanations for natural events are taught to children by parents from the time they are old enough to communicate. Even in progressive nations like the U.S. and England, courses on subjects like evolution and physics—that give well-established physical explanations for questions about our origins and how the world works—are not mandatory for all students in high school or even college. Given that ideas are easily accepted as true in early stages of life, great progress could be made if public schools provided children and young adults with a basic science education from the beginning of their academic career. Combatting the brain’s habit of taking the path of least resistance calls for change in legislation that places science subjects at the forefront of schools’ core curriculums.

Second, extremist ideals can be more effectively fought in the brain not only by introducing science topics earlier, but also by making those topics more interesting and accessible at all academic levels. Early science lessons should present complex ideas in ways that make them as easily digestible as religious teachings—and just as easy on the brain. To many scientists, “dumbing down science” is seen as blasphemous, but given that the battle between scientific and religious explanation is often a winner-takes-all scenario, a negligible loss of accuracy in certain Gen Ed science courses is well worth the gains. Public science advocates like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye, along with many science awareness social media sites, have been very successful in this effort.

The hard truth of the matter is that for the human mind, believing is more of a reflex than a conscious, careful, and methodical action. Rather than looming over this somewhat disconcerting fact, we should use this information to change the conditions that allow fundamentalist beliefs and dangerous ideologies to flourish. We may not yet be able to go into the brain and change it to fit what needs to be learned, but we can certainly change what needs to be learned to fit the brain.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Waa Maxay "Hiigsi"?

Gasariir baa ka muuqda ereyada warbaahintu adeegsato. Waxaan akhriyey ereyga "hiigsi" oo loo la jeedo tiigaasha yool loo gol leeyahay. Higso iyo hiigsi waa ka la duwan yihiin sida aan ogahay oo ka hore waa wax si dhakhso ah la tiigsaday, ka dambe waa jilcinta haragga ama hilibka. Miyiga waxaa la aslaa "hiige", ama wax af leh, oo lagu jilciyo hilbaha. Saamaha waxaa laga sameeyaa harag la hiigay. Dhagax-lool baa lagu afeeyaa birta wax lagu hiigo (xoqo). Marka haddii ujeeddadu tahay dal cagahiisa ku istaaga dhakhso erey waxaa ugu dhow “higsi”. 

Waa guul haddii madaxdeennu hilib noo jilcinayso oo maatada baahan baa ku miran, balse dhan walba waa lagu hungoobay madaxda Soomaaliyeed oo ay ugu horrayso cambaarta wejigooda ku dheggan marka ay ku “hadaaqaan” hadal aan laga fiirsan, tiraab ka maran han hogotusaalaysan wanaagsanaantooda ama teenna intaba sababta oo ah umad walba waxay haleeshaa hoggaanka ay u qalanto oo ku caddaysaa dadnimadeeda. Hormuudka ay u dhiibato talada dalka waxaa lagama maarmaan ah in uu bulshada la hadli karo oo si wadar ah ugu faahfaahin karo qorshe. Qofka leh “hiigsi” malaha asaga baa u baahan jilcin, malaha asaga baa kakan oo u bislayn hoggaamin.

Weylaalis baa guddiyaalku garta ku gorfayn jireen oo goleyaashu qaadaadhigi jireen gocashooyinka bulshada ku na talo bixin jireen gogoldhigga isla markaas. Haddii maanta sidaas la yeelo ayada oo daaro (yaryar) noo dhisan yihiin weliba ayaa waxay noqon lahayd boor-ka-jaf dhaqan-dhalasheed tusaaleeya wanwanaagsanaanteennii waayihii fiyoobaanta maankeenna, ayaduba waa astaan loo baahday oo wax ku oollan. Nolosha garashaysan marka ay silloonto waxay dib-u-eegtaa hidderaaca ab’ogaaga samatabax ahaan oo ka dheegataa wanaag ay waa’ ku liibaantay. Halkaan waxaa yoto’an gumaynta hiddewaale iyo garaadlaaweyaasha guulallowsanaanshahooda.  

Maxaa lib-seege u sheegan karaa duruufaha oogan maanta? Qofka, tusaale ahaan, leh;

Waxaan drive-gareeyey

Waxaan plan-gareeyey

Waxaan call-gareeyey

Waxaan fund-gareeyey

Isku qaska ereyada Soomaaliga iyo kuwa shisheeyeed wax ka dharban ma leh oo qofka sidaas yeelay waxaa la roon in uu meesha u banneeyo qof ku firfircoon hawsha caynkaas ah. Gasariir (ama abaar daran) baa ka muuqata ereyada siyaasigu adeegsado oo waxay dhimaashaa xaafiiska shaqo oo qofnimadiisa ayay liiddaa waxay na hoos u dhigtaa yididdiillada dadweynaha. Taliyenimo waa xul iyo keni-adkaansho, hodantinnimo qofeed leh waayo’aragnimo iyo indheergarasho. Bulsho walba waxaa u kacay foolaad, sagsaaggu haddii uu foolaad isu moodo waa gabaaraggaddoon. Hadalku na waa xiriirka koowaad oo talis la leeyahay bulsho. Aftahannimo inkasta oo aan loo wada dhalan waa hodantinnimo hoggaamiyeed kaalinta koowaad ku leh maamulka—oo la mid ah kartida, aqoonta, dad-dhexgalka iyo fulinta—oo masuulku hawaawi yeelo.

Ereyga “hiigsi” oo si khaldan loo adeegsaday waxaa amaahday weriye-ku-sheegga ka arradan talaxtegga weriyenimo oo wuxuu u hirgalay hab kale aqoonyaraanta iyo khayrul-masuulnimada “foolaadkeenna” awgood. Waxaa in badan la isweydiiyay “sidee burburka looga baxaa” ayada oo la laalay ogaanta in madax-madax loo socdo oo aan qumaati loo istaagi karin teer la engeg bixiyo gaallanaanta afka tashiga lagu wadaago. Talis ku liita afka waxa uu adeegsan karaa afyaqaan ku talaxtegay isgaarsiinta; haatan waxaa tifaftirka muhiimad ku leh afafka qalaad.

Tixgelinta afafka shisheeyeed waa garasho leh afku waa seeska dawladda waa na toolmoonaan soo-jiidasho leh. Madax dadka aan hadal la wadaagi karin wax ay soo kordhiyaan baa yar. Haatan madaxweynaha lagu hungoobay—Xasan Sheekh—dadweynaha dareen la ma xiriiriyo oo waa afgarooc. Afgobaadsi se waxaa lagu mutaa kal oo kolka talisku taban yahay waa sed u gaar ah qofka og oo isku taxalujiya adeegsigiisa marka uu doono. Isla haddana ayada oo talisku wanaag leeyahay baa marka uu dhankaan gaabiyo waxaa dhasha is-afgaranwaa baahiya tuhun aan dhab ahayn. Mar walba muhiimadda hadalku talis u leeyahay waa mid weyn oo guubaabisa bulshada ama niyad jebisa. Hawl ahaan waa lagu sabsabaa dadweynaha oo loogu filaa saadaal wacan oo lagu toosiyaa tubta toosan.

Ereyga kale oo “hiigsi” oo kale si gurracan loo adeegsado waa “mooshin [motion]”, waxaa laga wadaa “bareere” ayada oo loo turin afka. Af Soomaaligu waa maaddo barasho ahaan qof ku qaadan karta dhammaanshaha noloshiisa, waa farshaxan sida Amiin Caamir loogu ka la horumaro oo aan guntiisa la gaari karin. Haddana qof walba afka uu u dhashay inta uu ka barto ayuu garaadkiisu yahay oo tilmaamay halka uu bulshada uga jiro, heerka waxbarashadiisu gaartay iyo inta uu dal/dad ugu fadhiyo. Barashada Soomaaligu waa masuuliyad saaran Soomaali walba.

Maamul goboleedyada teedsan dalka waa ku eedeysan yihiin dhaawaca af Soomaaliga. Warmurtiyeedka ay soosaaraan waxaa marmar lagu qoraa afaf shisheeyeed ayada oo dadku Soomaali yahay. Afyaqaan (afceliye, afhaye, iyo afjaaq) wax badan buu tari karaa baaxaaddegnaanta arrimaha dalka waxaa na baaqan lahaa dhalashada is-afgaranwaaga iyo wareerka ku lammaan oo noqday gedka nolosha Soomaalida. Booskiisu waa bannaan yahay.

Wacnaan lahayd helloonsho taliye dawga og, hidde dadnimo leh oo u dhuundaloola oo daacad u ah danaha oo isu rogin duuflaal marka uu habeen u hoydo Villa Soomaaliya, garaadle hadalkiisu hiraal muujiyo.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cambaarayntii Iswiidhan: Iinta Dawladda Soomaaliya

War-murtiyeedkii Wasaaradda Arrimaha Debedda Soomaaliya soosaartay 24kii bisha Maarso (2015) oo lagu cambaareeyey Iswiidhan oo ku saabsanaa dhaleeceyn xad-gudub aadmiyeed ay fashay dawladda Sucuudi Careebiya baa amakaag ku curiyey bulshoweynta Soomaaliyeed. Waxay bulshadu ogsoon tahay barnaamijyada Soomaali-saaca ah oo ay Iswiidhan tartay Soomaalida halligantay; iyo dhanka kale; takoorka, quursida iyo bahdilka dawladda Sucuudigu ku la kacay dad Soomaaliyeed oo dalkeeda nolol biday balse loogu jawaabay si baxsan xeerhoosaadka aadmiyeed. Haddana waxaa la og yahay dhaleeceynta joogtaysan oo hay’adaha u dirira xuquuqda aadmigu ay Sucuudiga ku oogaan iyo Iswiidhan oo ah dalalka dunida ugu hor-u-marsan dhanka xuquuqda aadmiga. Sedbursiga Sucuudiga yaal baa ka masuul ah in dad u dhashay dalkaas barwaaqada gaaska laga helay u cararay waddanno Iswiidhan ku jirto oo nolol ugu barobaxay.

Dhoylaawennimo iyo ismoodsiis waa meel’e, ka la duwanaanta labada dal (Sucuudiga iyo Iswiidhan) waa kaaf iyo ka la dheeri, inta ay ka la duwanaantaasu Soomaali ahaan noo leedahay waa ay caddahay. Bilmesal habka Sucuudigu uu sida duurjoogta si ka daran ula dhaqmay hooyooyin Soomaaliyeed, dib-u-celinta dad dagaal ka soo qaxay, iyo inta sagan uu muujiyey waa arrimo dad badan oo Soomaaliyeed ku baraarujiyey in uu jiri karo isir-nacayb heerkaas gaarsiisan. Sucuudigu ku ma qasbana taakulaynta dadka dalkooda soo burburiyey, xigto la ma aha Soomaalida isir ahaan (in kasta oo dadka qaar haasaawe ahaan taas ku beerqabowsado), Iswiidhanna waa la mid dhankaan waxaa se ka la geeya ilbaxnimo iyo garawshe aadmiyeed. Waa qodobkaas dambe waxa kulmiya dadyowga dunida ama ka la sooca oo u dhexeeya Soomaaliya, Sucuudi Careebiya iyo Iswiidhan. Waa isla qodobkaas mid la xiriira ka ay dawladda Soomaaliya war-murtiyeed ka soosaartay. Kaas oo aad iyo aad u qaab daran oo u muuqda oraah aan laga fiirsan oo aan laga baaraandegin iyo ogaan la’aanta dad loo dhiibay hawl ay kasmo u lahayn.

Iswiidhan waxay mudan tahay bogaadin habka qurxoon oo ay uga dhiidhiday dooxatada Sucuudiga. Waxay mudan tahay mahadnaq ku aaddan qaabka ay dalkeeda ugu soo dhoweysay dad soo qaxay. Waxay mudan tahay abaal. Waxay leedahay dhiirrinaan ku dayasho mudan oo lagu hirtay si weyn. Iswiidhan inta ay u qatabay Soomaali cid u qabatay, oo ay dawladda Muqdisho ku jirto, waa yar yihiin. Gayllanka Iswiidhan ee kobcinta xuquuqda aadmiga ayey ahayd in Soomaaliya taageerto maadaama Soomaalidu ka buuxdo gaalshire dalal badan oo u baahan yihiin xuquuq la duudsiiyey. Dawladda Soomaaliyana waxay mudan tahay CAMBAARAYN weyn oo ku aaddan sida ay addoon ahaan ugu dhaqantay oo ay Sucuudiyiinta ugu ekeysiisay gumayste ay ka amar-qaadato ayada oo aan u turayn danaha dadkeeda. Dal madaxbannaan sidaan uma dhaqmo.

Sucuudi Careebiya waa dal ay taliska u hayso koox isku qoys ah oo bulshadu u tahay la-haysteyaal la laaluusho. Gaaska reer Galbeedku u soosaaray ka hor waxay ahaan jireen dad nolosha ku liita oo isu layn jiray qabiillooyin qarniyo badan. Waxaa dhaqaale u ahaa dakhliga ka soo xarooda Xajka. Waxaa lagu xifaalayn jiray reerbaaddiye/maangaab oo lagu xaman jiray, gaar ahaan Masaaridu, in ay weligood ilbixi doonin. Haatan waxay bilaabeen dhismaha Magaalada Boqorka oo lagu kharash gareeyey boqol bilyan oo doollar si dadkoodu aayaha u ilbaxo.

Haddii dadku qaar ku andacoodo diin baa naga dhexaysa, waxaa hubaal ah Sucuudigu in uu maalin qur diinta ka bixi lahaa haddii ay dan ugu jirin oo u danaysan lahaa dhan kale, waa dareen saaran daymaha iyo dibnaha in ay dan ahaan u haystaan diinta oo waa ogaal guud ahaan bulshada Sucuudi Careebiya taqaan. Boqollaal kun oo ardayeed baa Sucuudigu u diray dalalka reer Galbeedka si ay waxbarasho u soo qaataan, soo-laabashada dhallaankaas baa durba daaha ka feyday tiro sii-hanaqaadaysa oo ka baxay diinta Islaanka dalka Sucuudiga oo u arkay sheeko-badoweed beexaantay, taas oo Boqortooyadu u xeerisay in diinlaawennimo tahay argaggixisonimo sababta oo ah diintu waa danahooda oo loo adeegsadaa tab iyo xeel ay dawladaha Carbeed ee wada cambeereeyey Iswiidhan ee Soomaaliya ku jirto ay wadaagaan oo bulshooyinkooda ku maamulaan. "Haddii [Boqortooyada Sucuudigu] dan u aragto in Buudhiisim dalka lagu maamulo, waxay ku dhaqaaqi lahayd hal dharaar," waxaa yiri aqoonyahan u dhashay ayaga.

Labada dal, iyo guud ahaan Bariga Dhexe iyo Iswiidhan, waxaa ka dhexeeya isjiijiid siyaasadeed iyo dhaqaale. Tusaale ahaan cududda ganacsiyeed ee labada dal wuxuu u dhigmaa hal bilyan iyo bar. Dhanka kale, maadaama Iswiidhan gaarnimo u leedahay danaynta xuquuqda aadmiga ayaa waxay u codaysay dalnimada Falastiin oo ka caraysiiyey Israa’iil. Soomaaliya Iswiidhan la ma leh yooyootan ama iskaashi dhaqaale. Danta labada dal waa saacidaad un. Dawarsato dookh ma leh.

War-murtiyeedkii Wasaaradda Arrimaha Debedda ay ku dhaleeceysay Iswiidhan baa ahaa shaabbad kale oo lagu dhuftay baalka weyn ee ay ku yaallaan tabashooyinka bulshadu ka tebanayso dawladdaan lagu hungoobay, dawladdaan hab-dhaqankeedu liidnaanta astaamaysan yahay oo waxay tahay la garan kari waayey oo ka agnaan ah hannaanka dawladeed iyo hawlaha bulsho uga fadhido dawlad ahaan. Arrintaan waxay taransan tahay “ku-la-jire kaa-la-jire” ay dawladda Soomaaliyeed la safatay kuwii bulshadeeda laadka la dhacay oo ay weliba ugu sacabbo tumayso.

Waxaa tiro goostay iimaha dawladda Soomaaliya leedahay oo tafiirgooyay kal-furnaantii loo hayey markii la yagleelay. Taddawur ay higsato waa’ hore baa laga quustay oo waxaa weli tuban dadkii tafantoofay oo gees ka daawanaya, iyo habacsanaanteeda, ama dhoysas maamul loo dhiibay oo dhukay dhego gufaysan iyo indhooleyaal tahantoogtay oo aan hawadin karin hawlaha arlada.

Hawlwadeennada Wasaraadda Arrimaha Debedda ma ogsoon yihiin in Iswiidhan bixiso mushaarka askarta ilaalisa? Ma ogsoon yihiin in Sucuudi Careebiya soo xawishay aydiyoolojiga argaggixisada u oomman dhiiggooda? Ma ogsoon yihiin in bulshadu ka rajo-beeshay oo meesha ay joogaan lilan tahay? Mise wax ay og yihiin baa iska yar oo ay iintu ugu horrayso?

Dawladda maanta waa lohod aan lahayn laf iyo ricir. Sidaas darteed haddii ay wax kale qaban weyday, oo ay weliba ka gaabisay gaaridda dhaqaaqjoogeyaashii Ku-Meel-Gaarkii ay beddeshay dhowr gu' ka hor, ha ogsoonaato ugu yaraan in ay ergo tahay. Waxay dharaarmaalisay sandareerto Iswiidhan u sadqaysay danyarta leelleelku haleelay leelleeltirnaansho ahaan. Kistaas oo la’aanteed har cad lagu ugaarsan lahaa rugaha ay Muqdisho ka deggan tahay lagu na tirtiri lahaa. Kista na waxay ku dartay gardarro iyo gef malaha ayada oo naawilaysa gacanqabasho marka doorasho timaaddo hase yeeshee waa tallaabo ka mid tallaabooyin dawladdaanu qaadday oo amakaag miiran leh.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Intellectual Slump in the Muslim World

The United Kingdom government has banned the teaching of creationism in free schools and academies, during the same period a viral video circulated social media in which a Saudi cleric postulated the Earth to be flat. Another immediate example: The European Space Agency managed to put Philae on a one-km wide comet named 67P, with a speed of 135,00p km/h, after a 3,907-day-long journey to a location 500 million km away. It coincided with Islamic terrorists attacking four continents for "guaranteed place in heaven" by way of a leader's speech.

The advancement of modern humans has little to do with faith. For most Europeans the Bible is largely mythology. It contains some garbled history, some record of religious/tribal law, and some fables, but at this distance it has become mere myth. There are also points at which one can actually observe the myth-making in progress when comparing events recorded in the bible with the same events in history (the Book of Jeremiah is a fine example).

Teaching reality in the UK schools rather than magical fairies best illustrates the extent to which the Muslim world has fallen behind in the age of enlightenment. England did not begin as a non-theist country. What they did was, essentially, expel radical religious people and encourage environment conducive to enlightenment. Constant pressure, constant and relentless demonstration that evidence-based approaches work, and consistently rewarding such approaches is what seems to have worked in Europe.

To an outsider this societal approach may appear unobtainable but it's fairly easy to contrivance. A society or a community should be strong enough to be able to introspect and look within itself, accept any shortcoming and overcome those shortcomings through reform and progress. Such actions can only lead to a better outcome for not only the person's community and society but the for everyone at large. It precedes removal of ignorant clerics and lays the foundation for society accepting the importance of truth at which point children could be taught to think critically. Crux of the matter is religion is an impediment to human flourishing, and with regards to the uneducated clerics: You have two choices when you have a roadblock erected by religion; you can drive through it or stop and proceed no further. 

Emotional belief relies on unconvincing traditional beliefs. Fallacious presumptions take precedent over demonstrable facts. When presented with demonstrable facts the believers gumption straw-man and ad hominen attacks. They are following the flock without independent perspective which is how fanatics prefer and spread. A lack of diversity makes people think the majority view is the correct view, and therefore mandatory, view. The more you are exposed to a diversity of people the more the mind broadens and ceases thinking in absolutes.

Today we know "god" is impossible as defined by any major religion. Logically impossible. Any confirmation of the nature of "the creator of the universe" obtained from a book is ultimately derived from the imaginations of men. There is no "received" knowledge of any gods. They are anthropomorphic constructs invented by humans and bearing all the constraints and defects of human. There is zero evidence for the existence of any form of deity — but ample evidence for the creation by human beings of the gods we do have. Natural evolution is evident. Cosmic history is evident. God is evidently made up. We see evidence of a time before life, and then we see evidence of life. We see examples of molecules that, with the right components and under the right circumstances recombine into much more complex molecules. We see evidence of those components and circumstances on Earth a short time before there was anything we could call life.

If we teach children how primitive superstitions came to be around the world, they'll figure out that their religion is just one of them. If we teach them to think critically and rationally, they'll go to church/mosque and realize that the stories don't make any sense, that they can't be true, and that their holy book has to be cherry picked, and some amazing interpretational acrobatics have to take place so that they can extract any real morality from it. Teach them to be scientifically literate, and they'll come to understand evolution and natural history, and belief just won't be necessary any more. Teach them biology, physics, geology, anatomy. They don't need a lot of each one to get by, but the more they understand reality, the less likely they are to accept supernatural explanations for anything.  

The location of god changed throughout history; initially god was said to be living on the other side of the village, then the river, then the mountain, then above the clouds...now it's in the far corners of the universe or possibly in another universe. The exploration from tiny villages to continents and possibly beyond Earth chased gods farther, with cretinous arguments made for simplistic supposition of needing religion because we need to be controlled. This control alluded to is variable. Believers still find holes in science to support dogmatic assertions while denying the very foundations of science. The burden of proof they demand from science they will not demand from religion. This cognitive dissonance has become all too common.

Science and education are killing all religions. Right now it's the educated and strong who're leaving Islam in droves, and radical Islam heavily relies on the people being gullible as they are controlled by fear/deceit/threats (blasphemy laws). So Muslim clerics are rightfully concerned about the stagnation of Islam as becoming irrelevant by the day. Saudi clerics even now admit they're 'losing influence over the youth'. Sadly, we are all in for a very bumpy ride ahead due the aggressive nature of radical fundamentalists but inversely these hostile attacks lead some to devalue false beliefs.

The intellectual slump in the Muslim world incriminates the totalitarian regimes, the genocidal lunatic fringe, the Muslim apologists and the uneducated masses. The totalitarian regimes, for example the Saudi Royal family, use the fanatics as "useful idiots" through ideology to prolong their rule. The genocidal terrorists are told they are dying for virgin women. The apologists twist words, use half truths, deploy cultural relativism to stifle legitimate discussion about Islam. Making pointed efforts to conceal an emotional range and expressiveness to dis-incentivize any invigorating natural and instinctive habits of the intellectual centers of the mind which have atrophied over time. Tenured far-left ideologues provide maximum seductive impact for Muslim apologists' rhetoric with shaming terms like "Islamophobia" — how is it phobia when there is genuine security concern? They are essentially defending the indefensible by any means necessary unconcerned about spurring intellectual growth.

The uneducated masses use conspiracy theories and blaming the West as ego-protecting shields. Any scintilla for true intellectualism is shunned and debased in such environment of competing interests. Apropos the impotent rage-pouting deranged extremists, subject mutates into what Ibn Taymiyah said in the 12th century and glorifying backward jurisprudence. The insularity of mindless belief is betrayed by its own hive-mind corroding incantations. Think that most people are pretty much in agreement that the Quraan was taught by Mohammed to certain disciples/followers who learned it by heart, and translated it into written form decades after his death. Since this part was done by Arabic scholars there is nothing very remarkable about it being well-written. So whoever wrote it was highly literate. The scientific "facts" it contains are only so when interpreted as metaphor. This does not make a convincing case for a god of any kind. Not knowing is the preferred mode as many scientific errors found in the Quraan are even blocked online in the Muslim world.

Faith-based hypothetical exercise leaves little room for intellect. Deleteriously, impressionable Muslim minds misconstrue these age-old insular exchanges as credentialed intellectual stimulation.