A beautiful photograph which appeared on Facebook yesterday:
The Magnificent Interior of The New Mosque, Rüstempasa Istanbul, Turkey
(photo by: Klaus Hermann)
The Yeni Cami, The New Mosque or Mosque of the Valide Sultan is an Ottoman imperial mosque located in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey. It is situated on the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge. It is one of the best-known sights of Istanbul.
What kind of devotion to one over-arching ideal, and what knid of energy to overcome the countless problems standing in the way, would be called for in order to see such a project through? I think when someone builds such a beautiful temple to atheism, I would like to see it: although if they did, I feel sure that somewhere along the way the beauty of spiritual experience would overwhelm them.
Mindful of the Science and Religion umbrella, it seems fair to post something about the latest scientific debates. Recently some advances were made in finding that “junk DNA” (the “mountains of protein coding regions that never worked properly” is actually a bank of about two millions switches which control the expression of the protein coding areas, and pointed to like the backwards facing retina as proof that nature is mindless, wasteful and random.
But more timely still is the recent anti-GM-labelling scramble by Monsanto to make sure American consumers never realise they are buying poison. So herewith a combination of two images posted to our Twitter feed, which show how science becomes a tool of greed remarkably easily and bringing, due to the entrenched idea that anything scientific represents infallible truth, devastating consquences: