Ethics and Reproductive Technology

A Book Review of Ethics of Assisted Reproductive Medicine: A Comparative Study of Western Secular and Islamic Bioethics by Dr. Sharmin Islam In the summer of 2019, I had the privilege to spend a few weeks attending the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) summer program. There, I chose gene-editing as my topic of interest and in an effort to find relevant English-language works was … Continue reading Ethics and Reproductive Technology

The Spiritual Crisis of Man and Nature

A Book Review of Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man by Seyyed Hossein Nasr It is often said that the first step to quitting a personal addiction is to acknowledge that one has an addiction. The corporations in charge of our carbon-based global economy are fixated on drilling and guzzling away the Earth’s natural resources in direct defiance to the Quranic verse … Continue reading The Spiritual Crisis of Man and Nature

Religion and the Posthuman Discourse

The proliferation of transhumanist thought beyond science fiction and into the public space seems, at first, a minor ideological and physical threat. Numerous concerns about the implications of transhumanism have been raised, but few regarding religious implications. Cultural anthropologist Chris Toumey notes in his article in Nature Nanotechnology the small body of literature grounded explicitly in Christian values, remarking “I would like to see religious … Continue reading Religion and the Posthuman Discourse

Scientific Naturalism and the Abortion Debate

Diagnosing Modern Moral Debate Incommensurability, the idea that there is no rational method to weigh claims between two conceptual frameworks, is a core feature of morality today and the source for moral confusion (1). Even though moral positions take the form of logical validity, two competing valid arguments result in an interminability which denies a rational closure to the debate. But why is this so? … Continue reading Scientific Naturalism and the Abortion Debate

Déconstruire l’argument des miracles scientifiques du coran

In Englishبالعربية Aller à la mosquée et trouver des brochures de livres sur les « miracles scientifiques du coran » est devenu une chose banale. Beaucoup de prédicateurs, apologistes, ou encore même de musulmans du quotidien qui font de la dawah, continuent d’utiliser cet argument afin de prouver que l’islam est la « vérité ». Ils continuent étrangement à utiliser ce genre d’argument malgré toutes … Continue reading Déconstruire l’argument des miracles scientifiques du coran

Le Bitcoin et le progrès technique

In English La montée des cryptomonnaies en 2017 a attiré l’attention sur la technologie sur laquelle toutes ces monnaies virtuelles s’appuient : La “blockchain” ou “La chaîne de blocs”. Cette article propose une analyse des raisons pour laquelle elle est devenue si populaire, des problèmes qu’elles résoud mais aussi de ceux qu’elle crée. Qu’est-ce que la Blockchain? On explique mieux la Blockchain en utilisant l’analogie. … Continue reading Le Bitcoin et le progrès technique

Bitcoin and Technological Progress

En Français The rise of cryptocurrencies in 2017 brought attention to the technology powering them, called “blockchains” or “the blockchain.” This article will assess why this technology became popular and what kinds of problems it both solves and creates. What is Blockchain? Blockchain is best explained through analogy. Think of the website of a newspaper like The New York Times. The contents of the site … Continue reading Bitcoin and Technological Progress

تحليل الإعجاز العلمي في القرآن

In English En Français بالدخول على شبكة الإنترنت، نجد الكثير من المواد الإعلامية تتحدث عن الإعجاز العلمي في القرآن. هناك مؤسسات دعوية مهتمة بنشر هذه المعجزات وإثبات حقيقة دين الإسلام بهن. لكن هذا الأسلوب مليء بالتناقضات، وفي خلاف مع تفهيم علماء التفسير للقرآن الكريم. بعض الأمثلة: يقول القرآن أن الأرض مفلطحة يذكر فى القرآن الصفائح التكتونية يصف القرآن نظرية الإنفجار العظيم يصف القرآن دورة المياه … Continue reading تحليل الإعجاز العلمي في القرآن

Artificial Intelligence and What It Means To Be Human

En Français You’ve probably seen the videos. A robot walking or crawling around, sensing its environment and figuring out how to do human-like tasks, such as opening doors. They’ve even learned how to do back flips now. The videos go viral on social media every few months, along with terrified reactions about how “the robot overlords are coming,” “we might as well submit now,” and … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence and What It Means To Be Human

Intelligence artificielle et ce que signifie être humain

In English Vous avez probablement vu les vidéos. Un robot qui marche ou qui rampe, appréhendant son environnement et effectuant certaines tâches à la manière d’un être humain, comme ouvrir des portes. Ils ont même appris à faire des back-flip. Ces vidéos sont devenues virales sur les réseaux sociaux en quelques mois, accompagnées de réactions terrifiées sur la façon dont « le règne des robots … Continue reading Intelligence artificielle et ce que signifie être humain