Constellations - Vol. 3, No. 4, January - April 2013 Release

 

We invite you to read and circulate this the twelfth edition of Constellations.

 

Please click here to download the pdf file [2.6 MB].


We focus on the implications of our identity as humans on our relations with th climate, creation, science and modernity.  This publication is action, reflection and data-collection orientated.


In sympathy with the recent Climate Change conference in Doha, IMASE issued a declaration on the matter to provoke deeper thought and action in the global community. Our latest project Wudhu Area Studies invites you to contribute to the uplift of that spiritually transforming, but often physically enduring place in our lives. The Ayman Series continues with a piece on the value of forests, and we explore the story of the Third World Network, a Malaysian NGO.  Building on an earlier report published in the first Constellations’ Prof Maal writes on evolution in our latest inflection. 

 

On a lighter note, Shafiq Morton shares his surfing adventures and brings us a pictorial essay of the natural beauty of Cape Town in South Africa. There is also a rather unusual paper for the mathematically nimble that explores prime numbers in a way most of us would never.


Wassalām,

 

The IMASE Team


 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

TITLE

PAGE

QUOTES

6

IMASE DECLARATION: IMASE Declaration on Climate Change

9

LATEST IMASE PROJECT 1: Wudhu Area Studies

11

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

12

NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

15

INTERESTING WEBSITE: Skeptical Science

http://www.skepticalscience.com

23

ARTICLE 1: Skeptic Arguments and What the Science Says

http://www.skepticalscience.com/print.php

25

ARTICLE 2: Life, Love and Suffering - From Demanding Human Rights to Appreciating Human Needs

Alan Rayner

37

ARTICLE 3: The Revolutionised Persona

Abu Hanifah

42

ARTICLE 4: The ‘Miracle’ of Biology

Professor Anwar Suleman Mall

48

ARTICLE 5: Cape Town Late Spring Moods

Shafiq Morton

52

ARTICLE 6: The By-Product of Modernity

Abu Hanifah

56

ARTICLE 7: The Places I Haven’t Surfed…

Shafiq Morton

61

ARTICLE 8 – The Ayman Series No. 6: The True Potential of the Malaysian Forest

Dr Mohamed Yunus Yasin

64

INFLECTION 11: Charles Darwin, Evolution and Religion

Professor Anwar Suleman Mall

68

SPECIAL IMASE REFLECTION 17: The Lost Boy

71

JOURNAL SECTION

Solving the Problems: Youth Response to Sustainable Development

Dr Fachruddin Mangunjaya

75

A Paper on Third World Network – The Strategic Cognizance

Karunakara Menon

87

The Primal Code

Michael I Finesilver

95