• OCD is common to scientists and believers

    Which are the predictable hallmarks of this compulsory disorder? The following is our personal experience. First and foremost, the ideal candidate to this syndrome wakes up early in the morning, typically before 6 AM, and ahead of all other conventional human activities (tooth brushing, drinking coffee), will compulsorily check any email received during the night, hoping that one or more of the papers submitted over the past weeks has been accepted for publication or, at least, has only received minor revisions. The worst way in which to start the day for this mentally diverged person is to discover one or more emails that contain notification of a paper rejected. Afterwards, his/her mood is irreversibly affected for the rest of the day, which is predicted to be no longer effective. The second predictable activity is to get onto PubMed, to check whether: 1) new (personal) papers has just been made available; 2) someone has published something on one of his/her major topic(s) of interest, so that this new idea can be made use of; and 3) a breaking discovery has been published, thus disclosing novel and unexpected scenarios for future research. Afterwards, the maniacal scientist quickly gets dressed, leaves the house, often forgetting to say goodbye to wife/husband/children, and after battling traffic or other commuters reaches his/her place of work. The rest of the working day is a continuous fight to find some valuable time to work on data and paper drafts among the thousands of other commitments. And, if he/she can find 10 min to apply to the latest paper, he/she resembles a lion, roaring to anybody who makes the unfortunate decision to visit at that very inopportune time.


  • Himalayan mushrooms in North Pakistan

    Recent molecular phylogenetic studies have revealed the existence of at least 50 species of Morchella worldwide and demonstrated a high degree of continental endemism within the genus.

    Results additionally indicated a high degree of continental endemism for the genus, with only two of the 41 species occurring naturally in both Europe and Asia and none occurring naturally in both North America and Eurasia (although a few North American species appear to have been introduced into Turkey)


  • Islam and Accountancy

    Islam deals with the ethical legitimacy of concepts described by philosophers. Quran describes a good accountant as hafizun alimun meaning the one who is transparent, fair and has expertise.

  • Nuchal scan and Bangladesh

    nuchal scan or nuchal translucency (NTscan/procedure is a sonographic prenatal screening scan (ultrasound) to detect chromosomal abnormalities in a fetus, though altered extracellular matrix composition and limited lymphatic drainage can also be detected.

    Since chromosomal abnormalities can result in impaired cardiovascular development, a nuchal translucency scan is used as a screening, rather than diagnostic, tool for conditions such as Down syndromePatau syndromeEdwards Syndrome, and non-genetic body-stalk anomaly.

    Nasima Akhter (born 1970) is a Bangladeshi scientist who specializes in nuclear medicine. In 2010, she won the BAS-TWAS Young Scientists Prize for her research involving nuchal translucency for fetal anomalies and research into nuclear cardiology. In 2013, she was honoured with the Elsevier Foundation Award for her work on nuclear medicine and ultrasonography

  • Impostor syndrome and minority students

    Cokley et al. investigated the impact impostor phenomenon has on students, specifically ethnic minority students. They found that the feelings the students had of being fraudulent resulted in psychological distress. Ethnic minority students often questioned the grounds on which they were accepted into the program. They held the false assumption that they only received their acceptance due to affirmative action—rather than an extraordinary application and qualities they had to offer.

    Impostor syndrome – Wikipedia

  • Ethnopsychology and Maldives

    Maldives is a small Muslim country in South Asia with the least suicide rate.

    Fusion and Frustration: Dimensions in the Cross-Cultural Ethnopsychology of Suicide

    “Sociological” explanations of suicide have not been adequate to explain the varying forms and rates of suicide cross-culturally. 

  • Autoethnography and positivist science

    This is the philosophical open door into which autoethnography creeps. The questioning of the dominant scientific paradigm, the making of room for other ways of knowing, and the growing emphasis on the power of research to change the world create a space for the sharing of unique, subjective, and evocative stories of experience that contribute to our understanding of the social world and allow us to reflect on what could be different because of what we have learned. As a woman in a man‟s world, a nurse in a doctors‟ world, and a qualitative researcher coming from a positivist discipline (health services research), I find that the relentless nudging of autoethnography against the world of traditional science holds wonderful, symbolic, emancipatory promise. It says that what I know matters. How much more promise could it hold for people far more marginalized than I? I am warming up to this method.


  • Islam and Eurasia

    Like Turks, I identify with both continents.

    Islam in Afro-Eurasia: a bridge civilization


    Book Civilizations in World Politics

    Edition 1st Edition

    First Published 2009

    Imprint Routledge

    Pages 19

    eBook ISBN9780203872482

  • Omnipotence vs powerlessness in South Asia

    While insisting that psychological change is dramatically limited by social realities, Lerner nonetheless rejects sociologically reductionist theories that ignore the ways in which individuals contribute to their own powerlessness. Lerner shows how we make ourselves more powerless than we need to be—and how this “Surplus Powerlessness” infects our personal relationships and our work world, and undermines our willingness to pursue any large-scale visions of political or social change. He then develops a far-reaching plan for both individuals and social-change movements to overcome the destructive dynamics of Surplus Powerlessness—through the creation of a mass psychology of compassion.


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