Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The Koran fits the science....but not all the science.


I was on vacation and the automatic post somehow did not work :(

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The latest in the scienceislam.com series deals with the division between seas, as well as the divisions between fresh and sea water. So what does the Koran say about the division between seas?
Koran 55:19-20 He hath loosed the two seas. They meet.There is a barrier between them. They encroach not (one upon the other). 
 
The author then goes on to cite a book on oceanography which deals with barriers between oceans. Using the example of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic ocean which meet at the Straights of Gibraltar. You then get to see that the author of this piece is not using his head when citing a book in the following sentence, as it was clearly just a cut and paste and hope it fits your idea.
Even in depths (indicated here by darker colors) up to 1,400 meters and at distances ranging from a minus -100 to +2,500 meters, we find that both bodies of water maintain their individual temperatures and salinity.
What darker color? Where is the figure. But this is me been petty, so lets get onto the barrier question. What does barrier mean, according to the Koran it means the seas never mix. This is rubbish they do mix, it a diffusion process and takes time, but there is no clear line between the two oceans. If you take hot water and cold water and you mix them quickly in a cup then you will not see a barrier. However if you take a hot swimming pool and a cold swimming pool (2000000 litres each) and you let them come in contact with each other, you will see a barrier for a while, but they will mix. The only difference between this example and seas are that seas are way larger compared to the mixing barrier. 
Also what about the barrier between the Indian and the Pacific Ocean? This one is not so clear cut, so I guess the Koran does not consider it as two separate oceans, but one big ocean called the Paci-dia-antic Ocean? This piece of rubbish in the Koran is a perfect example of searching for something to fit your hypothesis, but that is not science. Science follows the facts and the Koran is clearly not doing that.
As for the mixing between rivers and seas. All of the above holds as well as the rivers water having a certain amount of momentum. Just look at how far into the ocean the Amazon river flows into the ocean, and then the ocean pushes back into the Amazon when the tide turns. Guess this barrier is not so clean cut. 
Koran 25:53 And He it is Who hath given independence to the two seas (though they meet); one palatable, sweet, and the other saltish, bitter; and hath set a bar and a forbidding ban between them.
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My guess is that Muhammad tried to drink sea water and not having an understanding of tides and water flow came up with this forbidden ban. But again it is not a forbidden ban, they do mix.