Islamist Brain Research: Update on Scientific Findings
As all of my regular readers know, I regularly post updates on recent scientific discoveries, so if you don't know that, you're not a regular reader.
As reported in Memri's Special Dispatch Number 2150 (December 14, 2008), today's update on recent scientific discoveries comes to us from Yemen, where Muslim cleric Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani has recently discovered an article from the July 31, 1995 issue of Time magazine. Holding the article's photo of a female and a male brain -- as in the image above -- Al-Zindani explains his discovery:
Both men and women have centers for speech and for memory. In the case of men, the center for speech is here, while the center for memory is here. When a man talks, his center for speech is active, and when he remembers something, his center for memory is active. On the other hand, when a woman wants to talk, she puts both centers into action. This may give us an explanation why women are more talkative.Let's see now, concerning the "centers for speech and for memory," a woman "puts both centers into action." I suppose that this might explain why my wife can out-argue me -- she can talk and remember at the same time. But wait a minute . . . the cleric concludes otherwise:
What is the outcome of this? When a woman talks, she uses the part of the brain that contains the memory, because in the case of women, both centers function for speech and memory. So when a woman talks, she might use the part of the brain containing the memory for talking -- and that's it, the data is lost.Come again? A talking woman whose center for memory is activated is more likely to forget details than a talking man whose center for memory is not activated? Well, who am I to dispute a cleric, especially when so much is at stake:
Therefore, if we need the testimony of women in cases pertaining to human lives, property, honor, or the stability of justice, we must take into consideration this fact of life in the nature of women.Right. Two women are required for valid testimony, according to Islamic law, and we now see why. One woman is for remembering, and the other for reporting the memory. Or so says Al-Zindani. But the good cleric seems to have some problems of his own in talking and remembering:
The American Time magazine, in its July 31, 1995 issue, published this picture from research about the brain functioning of men and women. This is the ma . . . This is the female brain, and this is an image of the male brain.Come on, Zindani! Get it right without stumbling! Can't you remember which brain is male and which is female? Maybe you forgot to activate your own brain's center for memory? Or were you using it for talking rather than for remembering?
Not that I doubt the good cleric's recent findings, of course. I'm merely engaging in a little necessary peer review in the earnest hope that Al-Zindani will revisit his analysis and revise his theory.