Saturday, 14 September 2013

Out of context science in the Koran

The next dose of pseudo science in the Koran comes by doing what theists do best, taking something out of context completely. So let me give you the version as supported by the scienceislam site. According to the following verse in the Koran a lot of information can be garnered regarding the sea.
Or (the unbelievers' state) is like the darkness in a deep sea. It is covered by waves, above which are waves, above which are clouds. Darkness, one above another. If a man stretches out his hand, he cannot see it...

[Noble Quran 24:40]

This verse can be  translated to mean, the darkness in the depths of the sea
Scientists have recently discovered this darkness by means of special equipment and submarines that have enabled them to dive into the depths of the oceans.

and the internal waves in the sea
Scientists have recently discovered that there are internal waves which "occur on density interfaces between layers of different densities."

However, besides at least one glaring scientific inaccuracy this sentence is not in context, it is talking about Allah blessing those who believe and those who do not. Here is the full verse and the preceding verse for context.
As for those who disbelieve, their deeds are as a mirage in a desert. The thirsty one supposeth it to be water till he cometh unto it and findeth it naught, and findeth, in the place thereof, Allah Who payeth him his due; and Allah is swift at reckoning. Surah 24:39
Or as darkness on a vast, abysmal sea. There covereth him a wave, above which is a wave, above which is a cloud. Layer upon layer of darkness. When he holdeth out his hand he scarce can see it. And he for whom Allah hath not appointed light, for him there is no light. Surah 24:40


But what scientific problems are there with the so called Allah science? Well how about the fact that we can only have one internal wave (and the surface wave) between the different density levels? I mean look at the following picture and ask yourself how do you determine what is and isn’t a wave? In this picture I see multiple internal waves, not only one (There covereth him a wave, above which is a wave, above which is a cloud) as Muhammad proclaimed.

(Source)

Also what is darkness in the depths? Does the Koran mean the absence of light? I would love to know what this means. As clearly it does not mean total darkness like occurs in the abyss of the ocean, as someone holding up their hand can barely see it (When he holdeth out his hand he scarce can see it). So again the Koran is found wanting in its interpretation of science.