Shallow responses to even shallower claims that Bitcoin and crypto assets aren’t real

“Bitcoin and crypto assets aren’t real because they’re just information.” If so, what about the majority of your paycheck that never gets converted into paper notes? And what about books present in one’s mind before they are expressed through spoken or written words? “Yeah, but someone can always withdraw those as paper money or print them … Read more…

Transmitting messages orally vs through the blockchain

Here’s an obvious yet still interesting difference between transmitting a message orally versus via blockchain: When a message is transmitted orally, each subsequent repeat does nothing to increase our confidence that the original message has not been corrupted while increasing the likelihood of transmission errors. This is in contrast to transmitting that same message via … Read more…

Summary: Rights and Duties Pertaining to Kept Animals

Summary of a case study in Islamic Law and Ethics by Musa Furber. Animals are at the heart of many of today’s heated ethical and legal debates. This paper presents a survey of Qur’anic verses and prophetic narrations related to kept animals, and a study of one school’s application of this evidence to the topic of kept animals. This ethical and legal study will also throw into relief some of the mechanism of madhhab based jurisprudence and fiqh reasoning. This study serves as a basis for understanding and applying Islamic moral theology to the numerous contemporary issues related to kept animals.

Comment: Arab women hilariously shut down a Muslim cleric criticizing ‘flamboyant’ abayas

From stepfeed: Muslim scholar Sheikh Mohamad Al Arefe caused quite a stir on social media late on Tuesday after he posted a tweet stating that it is “haram” for women to wear flamboyant hijabs and abayas. The Saudi Arabian scholar is followed by over seventeen million people on Twitter and many of the women following him … Read more…

Comment: How Philosophical Work Can Change The World

Contemporary Islamic scholars and academic philosophers often face similar questions, criticisms, and challenges. Daily Nous‘ closing comments on an interview with Noam Chomsky mention several examples: …there is the question of whether we should want philosophers to have a significant social and political influence. And also whether, if one wants to influence politics and society, one should … Read more…