Noetic Science

      It is a widely accepted truth that Science has played a vital role in the evolution of human beings, development of lifestyles, answering basic questions relating to origin and also in developing many supporting fields which explain different aspects in the universe. Scientific study includes a certain process, a Scientific process, that includes different stages like hypothesis, experiments, results, theories and then a Scientific laws. And such process reaches an objective conclusion, taking into account only what physically appears and explains the world around us by external observation. Sometimes, during experiments, scientists perform experiments in order resolve a certain issue but it appears that something else gets discovered. Many discoveries in the history are done in this way. However, there is one such field of Science which has a hypothesis that consciousness matters, which is known as Noetic Science.

   Now, we have two things which require explanation, firstly Noetic Science and secondly consciousness.

Noetic Science is defined as “A multidisciplinary field that brings objective scientific tools and techniques together with subjective inner knowing to study the full range of human experiences”  (IONS). Noetic Science focuses on mind body connections. As stated in the above definition, a connection is established between the objective scientific tools, which relate to a physical state, and the subjective inner knowledge which as a result forms a simple relationship between human consciousness and human experience. Hence, Noetic Science is acting as a bridge between two different ways of perceiving environment. The Noetic Science apply a scientific lens to the study of subjective experience and to ways that consciousness may influence the physical world, and the data to date have raised plenty of provocative new questions, as stated on the website of Institute of Noetic Sciences. Here the arise of proactive new questions may point towards both ancient philosophical questions, such as does anyone hears our prayers? Is their life after death? Do humans have souls? and also modern philosophical questions as can consciousness and awareness play a part in identifying possibilities, solutions and outcomes? Studies in Noetic Science have provided answers to many of such questions, however, proving such answers is still a difficult task because such high tech tools we need are not yet invented.

And consciousness means awareness, as how we perceive the environment around us, in other words it is an alert state in which we are aware of ourselves and our situation. Noetic Science believes that consciousness matters, as stated above, there are ways by which we gain knowledge of our world, first be the objective scientific method and second be the subjective and internal which includes gut feelings and intuitions for example experiences we have that cannot be explained or proven “rationally” but feel absolutely real. This way of knowing is what we call noetic.

All subjective—noetic—experience arises from physical matter, and consciousness is simply a byproduct of brain and body processes. Similarly, experiments have proved that human thought, if properly focused, has the ability to affect and change the physical mass, in other words, our thoughts interact with the physical world. Hence, a connection between outer world and “inner cosmos” giving us the ability to change our environment with the help of our thoughts. This is Noetic Sciences.

Large Hadron Collider: In high-end research, Pakistanis also playing their part.

Islamabad: Many Pakistanis may not be aware that their country’s contributions to some of the most important scientific experiments and discoveries in the world did not end with the late Dr Abdus Salam, the only Pakistani ever to win the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Pakistani engineer Amir Aijaz (left) explains the repair work of the Large Hadron Collider to CERN Director General Rolf-Dieter Heuer at CERN in Geneva. PHOTO COURTESY: DR HAFEEZ HOORANI

Pakistani engineer Amir Aijaz (left) explains the repair work of the Large Hadron Collider to CERN Director General Rolf-Dieter Heuer at CERN in Geneva. PHOTO COURTESY: DR HAFEEZ HOORANI

 

In fact, at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), not only did electronics manufactured in Pakistan help in the detection of the Higgs boson, the elementary particle scientists believe imparts mass to all particles, Pakistani engineers and technicians are also currently participating in repairs of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the highest energy particle accelerator in the world.

    Pakistan’s collaboration with CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, first started in 1994 through the efforts of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), said Dr Hafeez Hoorani, the director of research at the National Centre for Physics (NCP) in Islamabad. The NCP became a part of PAEC’s collaboration with CERN after it was established in 1999.

   At present, the NCP is one of the hundreds of grid nodes in the world that receive scientific data from the LHC, which are being used by NCP researchers and students.

    “We as a nation should be proud of the fact that today Pakistan is part of an experiment which is the most exciting and challenging experiments of all times,” Hoorani, who has worked at CERN himself, said. “This project helps our students get involved in cutting-edge research.”

    The LHC collides two high-energy, unbelievably fast beams of elementary particles, so scientists can test scientific models on the interaction of subatomic particles.

The Higgs boson — until the announcement of its discovery on July 4, 2012, the Higgs was the only missing element in the Standard Model of Physics, a model that Salam contributed to through his work on electroweak theory — decays instantaneously, so scientists had to confirm its existence through particles formed by its decomposition.

One of those by-product particles, a “Muon,” is detected by the CMS and Pakistan has been a full member of the CMS experiment since 2000.

     Hoorani said around half of the events detected by the CMS, which were consistent with the hypothesis of the Higgs boson, were observed using detectors made in Pakistan.

    The construction of these detectors, called Resistive Plate Chambers (RPCs), was made possible by the work of 15 physicists, 10 engineers, five Lasers and Opto-electronics experts, six computer professionals and 20 students from NCP and PAEC, Hoorani said.

      The process included assembling and testing of 288 RPCs, the fabrication of mechanical pieces for LHC and the design of tracker alignment for the CMS. The PAEC also assembled carbon frames for the detector’s outer barrel at a cost which is approximately one-third of the European cost. In 2006, CERN awarded PAEC its Best Suppliers Award.

    If that is not enough, two teams of Pakistani experts are participating alongside teams from Greece, Bulgaria, Poland and Italy in the LHC’s maintenance process that will continue till the end of 2014.

    Twenty-eight people were selected from Pakistan after interviewing candidates from NCP, PAEC, the Heavy Mechanical Complex in Taxila and Precision Engineering in Karachi, Hoorani said. The engineers and technicians were trained at a mock-up facility at PAEC to familiarise them with the LHC environment and tools.

One six-member welding team and a six-member mechanical team have been working in Geneva, Switzerland, where CERN is located, since April on a nine-month shift.

NCP Director General Hamid Saleem said Pakistan is also trying to extend its collaboration with CERN in the coming months.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2013.

Moreover, Dr. Mansoora Shamim is an Ahmadi Muslim scientist working at CERN in Geneva Switzerland. Dr. Shamim is currently involved in the search for quantum black holes in the data collected by ATLAS in 2012. Since, July 2008, Dr. Shamim has been working as a post doc for the university of Oregon in Eugene. She is currently based at CERN working on ATLAS experiment, where she has served as the responsible person for data quality monitoring for tau trigger from 2009-2010.
      So, in the world of technological advancements and scientific discoveries, Pakistan is not only equally participating, but also playing a major role in these advancements, for which we should be proud of, and we should also take certain steps to ensure that our next generations are also equally involved in scientific research in coming times.

Science and Religion

   One of the epic and historic controversies, which involves certain disputes which changed the course of history over time to a great extent, which affected the definition of faith and which made us to reconsider our believes and faith, yes of course the dispute between Religion and Science. This historic dispute falls back into the 1600s to the time of Galileo Galilei, if we specifically talk about a dispute between Christianity and Science. But of course, in modern world, this dispute is not over yet, rather it has taken a different form.

   From the beginning, when humans evolved enough to use the brain and made certain theories, the questions were also born with such evolution, the questions pointing towards their origin, how is this universe came into existence, how our Earth was born, why are we here and what is the purpose behind our existence. Man has been trying to get answers to each of these particular questions and some other questions too. For this purpose, Religion steps forward and tries to provide answers. Gradually, Science becomes powerful enough to compete Religion and provided mankind with more relevant answers along with the logic. But there is one Religion whose teachings are those of Quran’s, Islam. Islam tend to answer each and every question which mankind has asked of it’s origin. Quran, acting as a complete code of life, explains every aspect of life to mankind. This fact that, many Scientific laws and principles have been predicted long ago by Quran, has been admitted by many scientists all over the world. For instance, Quran says that the only reason mankind is created is that it worships it’s true Lord, Allah or God, one single God.

   Whereas, on the other hand, Christianity failed to give answers to those questions and also gradually the true teachings of Jesus and The Bible were altered according to the wishes which led it’s followers to have belief in such wrong concepts that just took birth as a result of transmutation. Like, the birth of Jesus Christ could not in anyway be on 25th December, because we know that shepherds were in the fields watching their flocks at the time of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:7-8)*. Shepherds were not in the fields during December. According to Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays , Luke’s account "suggests that Jesus may have been born in summer or early fall. Since December is cold and rainy in Judea, it is likely the shepherds would have sought shelter for their flocks at night" (p. 309). And history shows that December 25 was popularized as the date for Christmas, not because Christ was born on that day, but because it was already popular in pagan religious celebrations as the birthday of the sun.

   This was only one example, there exist many others which explain that Christianity fell prey to transmutation. So when such mistakes in their Religion were realized by some people, obviously there was some sort of opposition and therefore to maintain the faith of people in it, the Church took certain steps to ensure it’s strong position and to compete with such forces which were putting efforts to minimize the faith of people in the Church. Here at this point, the events of 1616 when the Church declared Copernicanism “false and erroneous” and commanded Galileo never again to “defend or hold” the doctrine and Galileo acquiesced. Stephen Hawking, in his book A Brief History of Time, writes about Galileo, “Galileo, perhaps more than any other single person, was responsible for the birth of modern Science. His renowned conflict with the Catholic Church was central to his philosophy, for Galileo was one of the first to argue that man could hope to understand how the world works, and, moreover, that we could do this by observing the real world.” Now when Galileo spoke of Copernican Theory, Church had to do something for it was under the pressure of Aristotelian professors, so the Church banned Copernicanism. This triggered another event which involves the establishment of a secret society of Scientists mainly, particularly in Rome, which vowed to fight against the brutal behavior of the Church with Science, and this society was later called as Illuminati. (As the historians tell us that the Illuminati Brotherhood is factual, so there are some misconceptions that relate conspiracy theories with Illuminati, but according to my viewpoint, Illuminati was a secret society comprising of scientists trying to change the way in which the Church was dealing with Science, of course subjective perception may vary.)

  On the other side of the picture, lies the story of Science, which is producing miracles on daily basis and providing human beings with a lot of answers they have ever asked. As I said earlier, Quran had predicted many miracles and developments 1400 years ago, and to this fact many scientists agree. But science also opposed Religion in many cases, like modern theory of relativity. the works of Dr. Abdul Salam are extraordinary in this regard who formed the concepts of Quran as his basis for the unification of the two forces of nature, weak nuclear force and the electromagnetic force.

 So the final words are, this historic conflicts raises many questions and yet there are many answers to find. But the point is that, Religion is nothing but a combination of beliefs, and Science proves such things which ultimately will guide us to a single source of force which keeps balance in the Universe, God. Science may have conflict with Genesis (Bible), but the form of this conflict is not relevant as God does what He wants. "Originator (is He) of the heavens and the earth; and when He decrees a matter to be, He only says to it ‘ Be’ and it is." (Al Baqarah 117)

(The aim of this blog is certainly not to prefer Islam over Christianity, but truth does not hide for long, the sole purpose of this blog is to convey information to the readers which I hope to be useful for them in any sense.)

  *Luke 2:7-8

 “and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.”

Journalism in Pakistan

 Introduction to Journalism 

As we all know what Journalism is, it serves the purpose of playing the role of a public service machinery in the dissemination and analysis of news and information. In general, Journalism acts as a purveyor of information and opinion about public affairs. It thus plays a greater role in the building of a nation and it’s development, as if it is used in a true manner like it should be used, Journalism can prove to be a powerful weapon in any nation’s development. Journalism in a democratic political system ensures the provision of free information in order to an environment of check and balance along with equal distribution of power among the governments. Therefore, the work of a Journalist should be unbiased and independent which will make sure that information provided by media sources is free of any kind of intervention by government or any other body which can affect the freedom of speech for a Journalist and also he is not under any kind of pressure.Journalistic objectivity is a significant principle of journalistic professionalism. Journalistic objectivity can refer to fairness, disinterestedness, factuality, and nonpartisanship, but most often encompasses all of these qualities.

 The above points relate to general discussion about Journalism. Now if Journalism in the modern world is analyzed, then it should be clear that certain changes have found their way in the Journalism from past two or three decades, as there is a wider use of technology and hence the method of information conveying is changing rapidly. The use of internet is becoming common and the subjective opinion on the social media is becoming a tool for criticism or appreciation. These changes are also affecting Journalism all over the world and also in Pakistan.

Journalism in Pakistan

There a large number of newspapers and news channels operating in Pakistan which are playing their important role in the development of Pakistan. And from these newspapers and news channels, some are very notable in the world and others are serving Journalism by providing information in regional languages. Altogether, print and electronic media in Pakistan is very operational and are serving the nation, BUT NOT ACCORDING TO THE TRUE CONCEPTS OF JOURNALISM. The point is that Journalism in Pakistan is very biased and is so-called independent, I can prove this point by mentioning a particular religious community which is declared as Non-Muslim according to the Constitution of Pakistan, and a specific hate campaign against that community to which these newspapers and news agencies are playing their part. As mentioned earlier, Journalistic Objectivity should be reflected in the the information conveyed by Journalism, but unfortunately this significant principle is ignored by every newspaper and news channel in Pakistan.

 The community I mentioned is Ahmaddiyya Muslim Community, which is a constant target of persecution by so-called Islamists and clergy. The same clergy who opposed the creation of Pakistan and now these Mullahs are working day and night for the destruction of social and economical environment in Pakistan by spreading hatred among the naïve public. Apart from Mullahs, the role of Journalism in this case of persecution of Ahmadies is also worth mentioning as each and every newspaper is working hard, regardless of the Journalistic principles, against Ahmadies and in this way the objectivity is completely ignored in Pakistani Journalism. Targeting a particular Religious community is a common tool of newspapers here for spreading hatred among these people and this particular unprofessional and amateur behavior is totally due to the pressure already placed in the society by so-called Islamic Flag Bearers and Mullahs.

Facts and Figures 

This part of the article gives an overview of figures containing publications of news and articles which actively play their role in the hate campaign against Ahmadies. A newspaper named Nawai Waqt has published more news against Ahmadies since 2003 than any other newspaper in Pakistan, the figure is nearly 850-950 news, also the Chief Editor of this newspaper, Mr. Majeed Nizami expressively stated in his paper that he damns Qadianis (Ahmadis). Every sensible Journalist in the world would think just for one second that what kind of professionalism is Mr. Majeed Nizami is exhibiting here. Such kind of hate campaign against Ahamdies has already damaged the image of Pakistan in the world and is constantly doing so.

 Similarly, some other noted newspapers in Pakistan have also published such false news to spread hatred in the society and to create a social disorder in Pakistan. “Ausaf” is another well-known newspaper in Pakistan, Mr. Mehtab Khan the editor, has published a large number of news in the year 2012 with exactly 193 news and 36 articles. Another on of the most read newspaper is Jang, the name of Editor is Mr. Shakeel ur Rehman, the number of published news is 72 and the published articles is 19. If we look at the figures for another newspaper, Pakistan is another noted newspaper, Mr. Mujeeb ur Rehman Shami the editor, has published about 106 news and 37 articles against Ahmadiyya Community, just to play their part in hate campaign against Ahmadis in Pakistan.

 This is an overview of publications made by some significant newspapers in Pakistan in respect of persecution of Ahmadies in Pakistan. Although there are some regional newspapers printed in regional languages and these are of large number, all of them are also not behind in this mission. Such newspapers collectively published about 331 news and about 51 articles in the year 2012. So the total figure of news and articles published against the Ahmadies are 1044 and 215 respectively.

Conclusion

  I hope that this article will help you see the true face of media,either print or electronic, and the wrong use of Journalism in Pakistan by these so-called liberals. Additionally, I pray for the betterment of society in Pakistan as our beloved country is completely in the hands of such people which were not willing of accepting Pakistan, as a separate independent country, in the first place. The point is that the fundamental principle of Journalism is Objectivity which is ignored in Pakistan and hence how can it be thought that print and electronic media in Pakistan is unbiased and independent?

(Here are some sample news published in different newspapers, these are in Urdu so English readers can find them troublesome)

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 These are just samples, as there is a large number of false news published since the creation of Pakistan. After reading these news, which are of course false as admitted by some of the well-known Journalists in Pakistan such as Mr. Hussain Naqi, any sensible, reasonable and level-headed person can understand this fact that such false publication are just a tool of false propaganda and for spreading hate, expressing malevolency which leads to murderousness.

The Ransom Money

 From centuries the concept of Ransom Money has prevailed, of course in different scenarios and forms. In the modern world where a common unrest is found everywhere in various forms, Ransom money has found a new shape. And in this case of Ransom money, the threat to overall global integrity and peace is at stake. We will see that this threat is living among us from over a decade but some of us have started to live with it and some are still trying to get over it in order to reduce it to a minimum level. But these efforts are only making the situation worse. The efforts to reduce or eliminate the threat are making it more powerful and it has taken different forms in the different geographical locations.

Three years ago al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an Islamist terror group, snatched the four from their beds in the uranium-mining town of Arlit, in Niger. The government and the workers’ employers (the nuclear giant Areva and Vinci, a construction firm) say no ransom was paid. But Le Monde, a newspaper, claims French spies used a secret fund to pay a €20m ($27m) ransom to a group in the town of Kidal in neighbouring Mali. (The Economist)

Let us consider that such big amount from a secret fund was not from the public’s money, then where do they managed to arrange it. And $27 millions were paid to a militant group. Does this seem fair enough? Regardless of the risk of four lives at stake, I mean there could be another way.

Outwardly, most Western governments decry such payments. In June ministers of the G8, a rich-country club, agreed to crack down on the practice. Outfits like AQIM, they say, draw much of their income from the lucrative foreigner-grabbing racket. Paying ransoms fuels instability and emboldens would-be kidnappers.

In October last year David Cohen, of America’s Treasury Department, claimed terrorist groups had collected about $120m in ransoms since 2004. The rumored French payment alone would boost that total by a lot.

A British kidnap negotiator says French cash may not have reached AQM directly in the Kidal case. The government of Niger could have done the deal in return for military vehicles and equipment (it denies this). But to the kidnappers such distinctions would seem trivial.

Return of Gen Pervaiz Musharraf needed for a balanced Pakistan

I must say that the truth is as it is explained in this blog and the return of Gen. Pervaiz Musharaff is vital.

Straight from Danish Kazi

Pakistan is going through a critical juncture in its history. Not the first one maybe. We have seen making choices in the past. But the difference was that we decided between ethinicities , we decided between ideologies, we decided between geographies but it’s the first time where we are deciding between being a fundamentalist state or not. With all this chaos where my heart feels that we get dragged towards becoming a radicalized democracy. The only silver lining which came to us as a good news was that Gen Pervaiz Musharraf was given bails in all the cases mainly on the charges of Article 6, Lal Masjid, Bugti’s and Benazir’s death and would eventually be absolved. I am sure that Mr. Musharraf who has still not appeared in the press is strategizing on how to make his next move as I write this piece now.

A commando he always has…

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The Truth

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida.
And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda
campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity
representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a
unified international leadership for a war against terrorism.
The country behind this propaganda is the US …”
Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook

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