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    1. The Pope's Astronomer, Telescopes, & Space Rocks

      Three related videos of Brady Haran in Italy interviewing Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of The Vatican Observatory, were released today on his various channels... and rather than submit them...

      Three related videos of Brady Haran in Italy interviewing Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of The Vatican Observatory, were released today on his various channels... and rather than submit them individually:
      The Pope's Astronomer - Sixty Symbols
      The Pope's Telescopes - Deep Sky Videos
      The Pope's Space Rocks - Objectivity #221

      6 votes
    2. Taqwacore: the paradoxes of the punk Islam scene

      Hi folks, I was recently introduced (at a relatively superficial level) to the existence of the "Taqwacore" sub-culture of Western punk music. The duality inherent or apparent in this type of...

      Hi folks, I was recently introduced (at a relatively superficial level) to the existence of the "Taqwacore" sub-culture of Western punk music. The duality inherent or apparent in this type of self-expression is absolutely fascinating to me, and I would love to learn more about it.

      I personally find it a little hard to understand exactly how these musicians reconcile the anti-establishment and maybe progressiveness of punk with many tenets of Islam; the concept of organized religion seems inherently establishment (and dated) to me, and yet these groups somehow embrace both ends of the spectrum. I'm very curious if any Tildesians have opinions on Taqwacore bands or thoughts on the sub-genre as a whole!

      8 votes