Uploaded on Jan 24, 2009
Introducing Islam's 12th century Kent Hovind - Hamid Al-Ghazali . A warning from history by Neil deGrasse about what happens when a creationist is allowed to overule scientists.
800AD to 1100AD Islamic scientists were the best in the world yet look at Arabic countries now!
The full 39 minute version can be found here http://video.google.com/videoplay?doc...
This is NOT an ExtantDodo video but another bonus video
Why the upload?
1. There is a hacked down version of this video hosted by theinquisitor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIMifW... this misses out the important part at the end about what is happening in the USA today
There is a full version here, but the comments have been disabled http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQoLbP... I wanted people to see the full version and to be able to comment on it. Why? There have been two major over turnings of Science (and by definition civilization) in human history. The Greeks destroyed by the Roman and Holy Roman empires. The Muslim Scientists destroyed by Islamist clergy in the 12th century. Are we witnessing a third in the USA today?
Fortunately for us there was a slight overlap between these first two. An event which did more for the intellectual and Scientific revival of Europe than any other. The fall of Toledo in Spain to the Christians, in 1105.
In Toledo the Arabs had huge libraries containing the lost (to Christian Europe) works of the Greeks and Romans along with Arab philosophy and mathematics http://www.xmission.com/~dderhak/inde... The discovery of this library led to the Reformation and the Enlightenment and is estimated by the scientific community to have pushed science in the west forward by 1000 years!
Why did the Golden Age of Islam Start?
The original leaders were smart. They wanted their taxes (math), Health (biology), to stay ahead of their rivals militarily (physics) and of course to navigate (astronomy)...etc
The order was sent out to obtain every written document in their empire and to have it translated into Arabic. This led to centralised libraries containing knowledge from Greek scientists to Indian Mathematicians in one language.
Some of the achievements of Islamic Scientists
1. Measurement of the length of a Year to within 1 minute.
2. First recorded use of a decimal point.
3. An early version of the Theory Of Evolution.
What they did NOT achieve
1. Heliocentric solar system model.
For a more detailed view of Islamic Science
For a more detailed view of the reasons
for the decline of Islamic Science
Remember all it takes is one scientific theory to be replaced by superstition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGkhvy...
Then its on the long road backwards until you end up here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pk2-v... interesting how it is the most religious people who most hate their own ideal society.
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