Palmistry,science and TV

Published Jul 17, 2012 03:48am

THIS refers to Muhammad Amir’s letter ‘Higgs boson and Pakistani scientist’ (July 12). I feel sorry that the Pakistani media did not adequately cover the discovery of Higgs boson as predicted by Dr Abdus Salam.

This to me is not surprising as even some of the school books that I have seen hardly mention his name for reasons we all know.

However, one should not feel sad about it as science is an international endeavour and contributes to a body of knowledge which belongs to all mankind. Nationhood, on the other hand, is purely a man-made concept and a bad one as it often leads to endless wars and conflicts.

Recently, China became the first nation to send and bring back three astronauts. It was a great technical achievement, but hardly covered in detail by the local electronic media.

Science has a low priority in today’s Pakistan, but you can see plenty of programmes on palmistry and astrology, if you care to see our TV channels.

DR VIQAR ZAMAN Karachi

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Comments (7) (Closed)


Agha Ata
Jul 17, 2012 01:11pm
Two kinds of people indulge in Palmistry and Astrology; those who are failure in life, and those who are very successful but are afraid of losing all. But those who are working hard to make their lives and to make other's lives worth living, have no time for this crap. I have wasted a lot many years of my life in this useless endeavor. By the way, in today’s picture of Zardari in the article titled “Zardari summons party meeting tonight” shows that he has double luck lines, which is very rare, and so is a man like him becoming a president.
pleasant
Jul 17, 2012 03:08pm
While DR VIQAR ZAMAN is correct in his observation and rightly points out ".......knowledge which belongs to all mankind". He does not realise that Science curricullum in Pakistan starts with chapters glorifying Muslim scientists role in scietific advancements. If you teach your kids segregation of science based on religion you are bound to ignore your own scientists belonging to other faiths. Change curricullum to see the change.... this is the tree that dictator Zia planted 20 years ago. You need to plant a seed to reap its fruits next 20 years down the line.
Indian Catholic
Jul 17, 2012 04:17am
"Recently, China became the first nation to send and bring back three astronauts." The above statement is factually incorrect.
Bobby Srinivas
Jul 17, 2012 06:28am
Palmistry and Astrology, to my mind, are nothing short of quackery! They mislead believers no end.!!
Shahid Niaz
Jul 17, 2012 06:44am
Palmists play with human psychology. They always predict what we subtly want to be prdicted. nothing more nothing less! Its an addiction.
Nasir
Jul 17, 2012 07:23am
100% agree on last sentence of the article only.
khan
Jul 17, 2012 08:40am
The article is not about palmistry...Intelligent people