Monday, January 03, 2005
Prominent hardliner, reformist run for president (IranMania)
Iranian hardliner Ali Larijani announced Monday that he was joining the
presidential race to become Iran's next president, while a report said
top pro-reform cleric Mehdi Karoubi would also be standing.
... Larijani told reporters he believed Iran "has the potential to be the region's superior power", and he pledged that even if conservatives won the presidential elections -- scheduled for June 17 -- the new government would display a "synthesis" of ideas including those pushed by the incumbent reformists, ISNA added.
He said a priority in the economy was investment in four fields: nanotechnology, biotechnology, nuclear technology for non-military purposes and information and communications technologies. More here
Drawing a nano-sized line in the sand
Israel and Iran going nano
This does point again to how wrong the anti-nanotech camp is -- you know, those who see nano as simply another arm of globalism or U.S. corporate colonialism. You don't need to be a corporate giant to develop nanotech. You don't even need to have an existing "old technology" infrastructure. You can even argue that it's best if you didn't, because then it becomes easier to build from the ground up. Nations like Iran, Iraq and those in the former Soviet Union have a great many scientists with no infrastructure in which to build their talents and contribute to their countries' future. Silicon Valley is no longer the Land of Milk and Honey.
Speaking of which, time to feed the baby.
It really saddens me to see politics and dogmatic scientism invading science from the bottom up. Is funding really more important than honesty?
I'm sorry, Mr. Lovy. I haven't been here in months and it's disheartening to come back only to see the impolite and vindictive visitor comments accompanying your posts along with the many (likely necessary) deletions (and apparently faux deletions by said visitors for effect).
If you have infinite resources, what are the top 5 experiments you would conduct to prove the feasibility of creating MNT or nanobots? It hasn't been proven yet. And remember: Include specifics. Details. Enough details to actually carry out the plan should I decide to give you $300 million dollars to use.
(I'm not addressing this comment to you, Mr. Lovy. It's for your audience.)