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Profound absence of scientific probing within the Muslim world

Levels of intelligence are pretty well the same around the world, regardless of race, gender, or religious affiliation. As human beings, we share the same brainpower, just as we share all other physical functions. Mercifully, earlier views of racial inequality have in most places been replaced by a more fact-based understanding of human characteristics. Today, theories put forward in the last two centuries of a supposed “racial supremacy” of white people have been happily discarded. In democratic societies, white supremacists are universally loathed.

There are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, a figure that may rise before long to make them the largest religious population in the world. Equally, there are roughly 14.4 million Jews in total. The disparity in numbers is remarkable. So is the disparity in Nobel Laureates. Take a deep breath. There have been a mere 12 Muslim Nobel Laureates – seven for Peace (including the arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat), two in Literature, one in Physics, and now two in Chemistry. For a brief survey of how several of these Laureates have been treated by their fellow Muslims, see this Oxford University Press article by Gordon Fraser here. As for the tiny Jewish population, there have been 193, equaling 22% of Nobel Prize winners overall: 35 in Chemistry, 53 in Physiology/Medicine, 52 in Physics, 15 in Literature, and 9 for Peace. It is not hard to guess that something is badly wrong in the Islamic world.

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