9 apr. 2014

Sanningssökande är svårt

"Therefore, the seeker after the truth is not one who studies the writings of the ancients and, following his natural disposition, puts his trust in them, but rather the one who suspects his faith in them and questions what he gathers from them, the one who submits to argument and demonstration, and not to the sayings of a human being whose nature is fraught with all kinds of imperfection and deficiency. Thus the duty of the man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads, and, applying his mind to the core and margins of its content, attack it from every side. He should also suspect himself as he performs his critical examination of it, so that he may avoid falling into either prejudice or leniency."
Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen) Kairo ca. 1025

2 kommentarer:

Nils sa...

Det här är en av de arabiska vetenskapsmän 1001 Inventions försökte göra till muslim. Harvard Magazine är mer försiktigt och skriver "Arabic Islamic science".

Men som citatet visar var han så långt från traditionell islam som man kan komma.

Krister V sa...

Som diskuterats tidigare så var många av vetenskapsmännen varken araber eller muslimer, men Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen) var faktiskt hängiven muslim!

"I constantly sought knowledge and truth, and it became my belief that for gaining access to the effulgence and closeness to God, there is no better way than that of searching for truth and knowledge."

 
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