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A web column by Austin Dacey

Unification of Forces: The Muslim, the Atheist, and the Higgs

Unification of Forces: The Muslim, the Atheist, and the Higgs

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
July 20, 2012

The first Muslim Nobel Laureate scientist was shunned by his native Pakistan.

Indian Idol

Indian Idol

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
June 25, 2012

The case against Sanal Edamaruku reveals the inherent flaws in legally protecting “religious feelings.”

The Downloadable Revelation

The Downloadable Revelation

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
May 21, 2012

How do you treat your iPhone when it contains the iQuran?

A Deviant Plot: Resisting Gay Rights at the UN, Islamic States Mangle Psychiatric Consensus, English

A Deviant Plot: Resisting Gay Rights at the UN, Islamic States Mangle Psychiatric Consensus, English

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
March 16, 2012

Does the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders propose that there are twenty-two forms of “sexual orientation”? The Islamic Republic of Pakistan (and Focus on the Family) want you to think so.

The Skeptical Canon, part 2

The Skeptical Canon, part 2

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
September 14, 2011

Of late, many skeptics have been searching their souls, or searching the place where their souls would be, about the direction of the movement.

The Skeptical Canon

The Skeptical Canon

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
July 26, 2011

The titles vary across skeptics meetings, but at the core are the now-familiar topics: psychics, monsters, ghosts, UFOs, creationism, ...

Science Diplomacy in the Arab Spring

Science Diplomacy in the Arab Spring

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
June 14, 2011

Two years and one revolution on, the status of science diplomacy in a realigned Arab world.

Fly Me to the Muezzin

Fly Me to the Muezzin

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
August 2, 2010

NASA sent a probe to "the Muslim world," but are its lenses fogged up?

Test Tube Diplomacy

Test Tube Diplomacy

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
July 2, 2010

The Obama administration has put science and technology at the forefront of U.S. “engagement with the Muslim world.” Will it work?

The Goat That Ate Islamic Science

The Goat That Ate Islamic Science

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
May 12, 2010

Was Islam too individualistic to support science?

Freedom of Inquiry and Other Medieval Notions

Freedom of Inquiry and Other Medieval Notions

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
April 2, 2010

Did the pope accidentally prepare the way for the coming of science?

The Decline of the Decline of Arabic Science

The Decline of the Decline of Arabic Science

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
January 21, 2010

Nicolaus Copernicus: Why wasn’t he Ibn al-Shatir?

Sharia-Compliant Science

Sharia-Compliant Science

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
December 2, 2009

The results of the Iranian presidential election in June 2009 aren't the only unbelievable numbers to come out of Tehran lately.

Notes from the Harmonious Society: Dissident Science in China, Part II

Notes from the Harmonious Society: Dissident Science in China, Part II

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
October 26, 2009

Two classical Confucian philosophers once had a famous disagreement over the morality of music. Mozi mounted a utilitarian...

Notes from the Harmonious Society: Dissident Science in China, Part I

Notes from the Harmonious Society: Dissident Science in China, Part I

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
September 30, 2009

Their vessel was the Xue Long, Snow Dragon, and it was bound for the South Pole...

Gods and Rockets: Part 2

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
August 25, 2009

It is a recurring daydream of mine to launch a mail-order enlightenment business.

Gods and Rockets: A Tale of Science in India

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
July 24, 2009

"We are afraid that the thunder-storms might have an impact on the scheduled launch."

Does Science Unite?

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
June 16, 2009

Does science foster a universal culture? Julian Huxley thought so, and wrote this into the mandate of the U.N. What happened?