He works at IBM too, btw. So glad I use a Mac.
PS: bwa ha:
“The most interesting thing about the debates among Muslims that look at scientific backwardness is that some parties, with ‘pathetic’ pride, state that ‘We are the ones who saved the West from its backwardness. Thanks to the commentaries of Ibn Rushd (also known as Averroes) on Aristotle, particularly his attempts at rapprochement between philosophy and Shariah, in addition to Ibn Seena, Ibn al Nafees and other great astronomers, Latin thinkers were placed back on track and were able to progress.’
“This is all great. However I have one question: Why were these figures able to have such a great influence upon the West but not upon their own peoples?”
“The conclusion of this sad story is that we lack the spirit of ‘civilization’ and we must admit to this. Even if we do not acknowledge it, this is the truth. We are still occupied with everything except the call for rekindling the spirit of civilization.”