The Earth Is Flat Essay

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Over the course of history, many previously conceived notions have been constantly refuted in light of newer, more correctly accepted concepts. A majority of the people during the times of ancient civilizations believed the Earth to be flat based on only what they could see, but as time passed philosophers began to question if that were true. The notion that the Earth was indeed spherical grew with further evidence over the ages, proving to be one of the biggest revolutions of the perception of our natural world. While even today there are individuals who disagree with the Earth being round, it is generally the notion that it is not flat. The scientific community has proven and deemed the Earth round, which today we know is a huge change …show more content…
The BBC documentary, Islam and Science, the host Al-Khalili introduces us to the scholars, Al-Bayrouni and Ibn al-Haytham, who both doubted and contributed evidence to disprove Ptolemy’s Almagest which in response advanced our ideas of the solar system; leading to Copernicus using their data and his realization that our system is heliocentric and figure out movement of the Earth. Ibn Siina created the organized a massive collection of medical insights named the “Canon of Medicine”. Unfortunately, it was followed by what could be considered a paradigm shift in reverse; his books lost credibility to books that suggested he was ignorant in saying that Epilepsy was a sickness of the brain when it was actually caused by possession. This unfortunate rewind is still a valid shift even though it took a scientific leap backwards because it changed the fundamental beliefs at the time. However, outside of the Islamic world in Europe, his encyclopedia was used as a standard medical text for centuries to come and lead to more medical discoveries in that …show more content…
On one hand, he provides evidence from many Muslims that Islam is accepting of science, “… Salam insists on separating faith and reason. He calls faith "the timeless, spiritual message of Islam, on matters which physics is silent, and will remain so." To flourish, science requires autonomy, freedom to inquire, and assured resources, not the stifling embrace of religion” (Segal, 1996). Although his argument seems to be biased against scientific discovery of the region, he acknowledges the achievements that Islam made during is Golden Age. He makes arguments for several reasons as to why science has not flourished in modern day, some of those including; the low demographics of those interested in science, language barrier from English incompetence, an ineffective implementation of science education, an extreme scarcity of researchers, and a lack of financial resources and incentives. In contrast to what is majorly pessimism, Segal suggests that there can be a resolution to the Islamic lag in science by establishing small scale projects and agreement on

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