Discussion: Quran detailing stuff impossible to know without modern scientific gear

Discussion in 'Formal debates' started by scifes, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. Michael 歌舞伎 Valued Senior Member

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    YOU posted of layers of utter darkness one above another.


    I'm asking how you can have layers of absolute darkness (as in utter dark - no light). As this poem is supposedly a "scientific miracle" - then, I wonder how your God somehow made the scientific mistake of thinking zero photons (utter darkness) could be layered. OR let me guess, after some more contortion *poof* this is miraculous as well! It's obvious to me anyway, that the poem contains no scientific miraculous hidden information about internal waves. It's a poem and that's all.


    As I said, Mormons, Baha'i, Scientologists - followers of all of these faiths do the exact same thing you do. Only instead of the Qur'an being miraculous it's their holy books. THAT should ring alarm bells and you should be able to step back and see what you're doing. But, that's just physically not possible.
     
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  3. Michael 歌舞伎 Valued Senior Member

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    just something to ponder and, if it's at all possible, reflect upon:

     
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  5. scifes In withdrawal. Valued Senior Member

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  7. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    Give up yet?
     
  8. 786 Searching for Truth Valued Senior Member

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    You again fail to provide evidence..... But your answer is 'I assume'.... I don't feel like there is any place to go if you won't back up your claims... Why aren't their examples of 'internal wave' ASSUMPTIONS even in modern literature- why are we using high end expensive, and complicated devices to detect them..

    Anyways if you aren't going to provide evidence, then I'm not going to respond any further... Secondly these are last 2 weeks of Winter Quarter and I better start studying for finals- so I won't be responding any time soon even if you do provide evidence. Consider this my last post until finals are over- but now you have 2 weeks to find evidence-

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  9. 786 Searching for Truth Valued Senior Member

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    Its rather encouraging that 'Not so.' is considered an argument by my opposition, although at the same time sad.

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    Let's indeed

    May I'll repeat what you said 'Let's examine this statement in context'... Quite frankly you didn't provide the context.. The context to this response was that your argument was that the metaphor wouldn't make sense- my response was it would as long as they knew the meaning of the words- they knew the meaning of the words 'waves' and of 'darkness'- irrespective of their knowledge, they can take from it a meaning and they probably did.... That is the context.

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    My question/challenge still remains and I quote: "If you can prove to me that everyone interprets metaphors exactly the same way, I will yield to you on this point."

    Your argument was that the metaphor would not be understood which I refuted- now if you can provide evidence that everyone interprets metaphors the same way then I will yield.

    By the way- I'll be studying for finals so take your time.

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  10. 786 Searching for Truth Valued Senior Member

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    I think we have had 6 translations in this thread, only 1 of them uses the word 'utter'- and quite frankly if you read the arabic its not even there

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    I've since then read 20 translations and none of them use this word, for good reason.....


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  11. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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  12. 786 Searching for Truth Valued Senior Member

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    I appealed to 'History'- historically Quran has not been considered simply poetry- reason being it has relevance to real events. That are IN the Quran- which is enough a reason to take it to be more than 'just poetry'.

    I don't say their beliefs are based on 'just poetry'- I have always acknowledged the importance and significance of religious texts of all religions to their respective religions- I have never said that the Bible is irrelevant as just 'folk lore' or 'bunch of stories'.... because I know what value real people see in it about reality.




    All three have been refuted, and Iceaura made up terms like 'ripples upon ripples' and created his own meaning for the Tagore poem which leaves the whole poem illogical and inconsistent.... And he somehow believes that context 'doesn't bear' on the argument when all literature is dependent on context... Anyhow no reason to explain to you.


    Read the previous post....

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  13. Michael 歌舞伎 Valued Senior Member

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    IMO in the post you acknowledge two things. Firstly, that layers of utter darkness is scientifically invalid and secondly, that it was translated in this manner because this is what it is meant to suggest as an analogy.


    spidergoat,

    Great picture. Clear as day. We'll see if even visual proof can make any headway at all.
     
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  14. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    I see no more "relevance to real events" in the Quran than in the average epic poem or other serious work of literature from the general era.
    There is no such thing as "refuting" a poem.
    And only one of them uses the word "layers" directly, and one in parentheses (that's the one with "utter").

    Poetry is difficult to translate. It is not rigorous in the way scientific description would be. The Quran is not describing scientific fact, with the petty and nitpicking attention to exactitude that would require, and I really think you do it a disservice to base deeply silly assertions on your interpretations of its analogies and metaphors.
    The quote is "the ripples move among themselves in a phalanx" - which evokes overlapping spears and shields (reflecting light) in ranks of soldiers moving among themselves, etc. Which is how ripples move among the seaweed beds off the shores of New England, diffracting and overlapping and crossing and so forth. Take a look, sometime. Waves in stormy weather behave similarly, more dramatically, as the more heated and dramatic poetry of Tagore uses.

    Moore's entire poem builds a cascade description of levels, from the birds down the cliffs to the shore cat out over the foam down through the lighthouse beams and bell buoys and ripples to the grave (a dark place) into which "dropped things are bound to sink". This is common in poetic literature. The Quran is not unique in this feature.

    But none of this matters. We shouldn't have to cover a week or so of "Appreciation of Poetry for the Science Major" to simply point to the obvious: nothing in the quoted verse of the Quran is "detailing stuff impossible to know without modern scientific gear". It describes the ocean as seen by anyone looking out over the ocean from a boat, any time in the past ten thousand years.

    That is how any unbeliever will read the passage. That is how I read the passage. What is the argument?
     
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  15. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    But... Mohammed didn't have a camera!

    The next thing they are going to talk about is the phenomenon of surface tension causing a boundary between fresh and salt bodies of water.

    Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny ?
    He hath loosed the two seas. They meet.
    There is a barrier between them. They encroach not (one upon the other).


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    He has let loose the two seas that meet together;
    between them is a barrier they cannot pass!​


    55. The Merciful, 18-20
     
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  16. 786 Searching for Truth Valued Senior Member

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    Funny... but no... anyways like I said before I will post after my finals are over- because this is taking too long and I need to concentrate.

    I do have an answer though- although I will probably research more to make sure I'm correct... so I'll keep you in suspense

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  17. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    You forget the assertion that it contradicts.

    But this argument is meaningless. For this metaphor it to be meaningful, it would have to parallel a reality that the audience understood. Thus, it's irrelevant that different audiences interpret metaphor in different ways: for his religious point to be understood by his audience, Mohammed would have to have been sure they understood the parallel concept he was relating - that of superimposed waves, seemingly, or of waves generally. The other underlying problem in all of this, of course, is that the idea of increasing darkness with depth was clearly well-known at the time; it was clearly in the common.

    My challenge to you is to illustrate how your "different audiences interpret metaphors differently" argument makes any relevatory sense to the audience as the subjects of a sermon.

    Wrong. For a metaphor to be meaningful, it must be understood by the audience, or else suffer the prophet to sound like a fool. Again: you have lost your point. Period. What else is there to be said? And is this parable really the best evidence of your claim?
     
  18. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    It's been 6 days without a response from scifes, I declare myself the winner of the debate.
     
  19. scifes In withdrawal. Valued Senior Member

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    congratulations congratulations:bravo:

    now come over here you!!:spank:


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    so, you still believe that there's no miracle in the internal waves verse, if not a general one than not even a special one[to mohammad's case]?
    and the barrier? any proof it was found out before advance imaging was discovered?
     
  20. scifes In withdrawal. Valued Senior Member

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    you are rpeating a point we've answered already, read the debate thread first before you come throwing your weight around here..
     
  21. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    I did show a photograph of these internal waves taken from the shore, so people must have known about the phenomenon in ancient times.
     
  22. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    There is no internal waves verse. Not even you guys have managed to create a translation with any reference to "internal". The internal part is supplied by modern science, and applied to the Quran by the fertile imaginations of its modern readers.

    Do we agree at least that your original contention, that 10th Century Arabs couldn't see that the depths of the ocean were dark, is no longer operative?
     
  23. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    There is no internal waves verse. Not even you guys have managed to cobble up a translation with any reference to "internal". The internal part is supplied by modern science, and applied to the Quran by the fertile imaginations of its modern readers.

    Do we agree at least that your original slander, that 10th Century Arabs couldn't see that the depths of the ocean were dark, is no longer operative?
     

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