Norooz 101 – An Illustrated Guide to the Persian New Year

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The Iranian New Year is called Norooz. It is pronounced as if you’re going to say “no rues” and literally means: “New Day.” Norooz starts at the precise moment when winter ends and spring begins and it is officially celebrated for two whole weeks. It’s a month away but it’ll be here before you know it. (This year: Thursday March 20th.)

Norooz is an ancient fête going back 3000 years to the beginnings of the Persian Empire, and although it has deep Zoroastrian roots, it is a secular national holiday festival that brings together Iranians of all ethnicity and religious affiliations. This unifying aspect of celebrating Norooz is chief among its myriad attractive virtues.

Here’s a pictorial introduction to the preparation and festivities involved with the arrival and greeting of Norooz. Nothing too at depth. Just the basics. Norooz 101!

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This Map Shows Which Countries Are the Most Popular

Iran really has that many or its internal tourism? lol

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Planning a trip, but not sure where to go? Well, if you want to base your decision on the rest of the world’s preferences, check out this map from MoveHub that shows which nations receive the most visits. France clocks in at number one, receiving 81,400,000 visitors each year. That’s nearly 20 million more than the United States, which comes in at number two.

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HSS408-IL Rebuttal Article

Find one more article from the NJIT library of equal quality where the author(s) disagrees in some way with the main argument(s) of the Kurzweil or Allen article.

 

1. Robinson, Frank S. “The Human Future: Upgrade or Replacement?.” The Humanist. (I July-August 2013): 24-25. PDF Print.

 

2. Demonstrate understanding: The author intention initially is about debating the Kurzweil singularity argument.  The essay argues that whether the singularity happens or not the future of technology is almost impossible to predict, even the singularity is possible that would happen. Humans can’t deny that it won’t happen. At the end of essay author argues no matter how much evolutionist and people try to control the progression and advancement, the technology will still continue at its pace, just as much as it is hard to predict also it will be difficult to control. He supports that argument by indicating the science history of how at every point of history everyone thought the technology advancement came to an end or if there was advancement everything had been invented so innovation would be like sucking blood out of stone. But the history proves to humanity that technological advancement is never ending progress. Human capability is beyond its own imagination.

 

3. Compare the arguments: The author argues against Kurzweil exponential growth idea and thinks it’s a little too optimistic and thinks the growth isn’t really exponentially it is actually getting harder since all the growth has been in recent years is more tweaking on the existing technology rather than a revolutionary innovation although the computer has been a game changer. Then he continues defending Kurzweil and arguing the AI research isn’t a failure yet and it’s not the dead end. The AI also could be similar to brain and it improves its self by nanotechnology but the future of how much the AI will advance or by how much speed is really unknown.

 

4. Judge the quality:  Frank S. Robinson graduated from New York University Law School and is a retired administrative law judge. He is the author of four books including Life, Liberty and Happiness, Machine Politics: A Study of Albany’s O’Connell’s, and Confessions of a Numismatic Fanatic: How to Get the Most out of Coin Collecting. He is currently in the business of buying and selling ancient and world coins. His famous book Case for Rational Optimism is top hundred best seller books on amazon.com and also his argument about “cogent approach to the modern world” which is itself a future theory with valid supports in the book. Due his background in Law I thought the judgment and the argument he made about Kurzweil was rational and he elaborated more. Also since he wasn’t in the field of technology from outside perspective he could reason the claim that Kurzweil made and elaborate on what he actually thinks the future is going to look like. Also since the subject is mostly theory and less focused on the technical aspect or specifics of technology, he as a great author had the credibility to rationalize and argue about the essay and the book. He also done a good research on the science history and could argue about the development of technology.

 

 

 

HSS408-IL Rebuttal Article

 

 

Find one more article from the NJIT library of equal quality where the author(s) disagrees in some way with the main argument(s) of the Kurzweil or Allen article.

 

1. Robinson, Frank S. “The Human Future: Upgrade or Replacement?.” The Humanist. (I July-August 2013): 24-25. PDF Print.

 

2. Demonstrate understanding: The author intention initially is about debating the Kurzweil singularity argument.  The essay argues that whether the singularity happens or not the future of technology is almost impossible to predict, even the singularity is possible that would happen. Humans can’t deny that it won’t happen. At the end of essay author argues no matter how much evolutionist and people try to control the progression and advancement, the technology will still continue at its pace, just as much as it is hard to predict also it will be difficult to control. He supports that argument by indicating the science history of how at every point of history everyone thought the technology advancement came to an end or if there was advancement everything had been invented so innovation would be like sucking blood out of stone. But the history proves to humanity that technological advancement is never ending progress. Human capability is beyond its own imagination.

 

3. Compare the arguments: The author argues against Kurzweil exponential growth idea and thinks it’s a little too optimistic and thinks the growth isn’t really exponentially it is actually getting harder since all the growth has been in recent years is more tweaking on the existing technology rather than a revolutionary innovation although the computer has been a game changer. Then he continues defending Kurzweil and arguing the AI research isn’t a failure yet and it’s not the dead end. The AI also could be similar to brain and it improves its self by nanotechnology but the future of how much the AI will advance or by how much speed is really unknown. 

 

4. Judge the quality:  Frank S. Robinson graduated from New York University Law School and is a retired administrative law judge. He is the author of four books including Life, Liberty and Happiness, Machine Politics: A Study of Albany’s O’Connell’s, and Confessions of a Numismatic Fanatic: How to Get the Most out of Coin Collecting. He is currently in the business of buying and selling ancient and world coins. His famous book Case for Rational Optimism is top hundred best seller books on amazon.com and also his argument about “cogent approach to the modern world” which is itself a future theory with valid supports in the book. Due his background in Law I thought the judgment and the argument he made about Kurzweil was rational and he elaborated more. Also since he wasn’t in the field of technology from outside perspective he could reason the claim that Kurzweil made and elaborate on what he actually thinks the future is going to look like. Also since the subject is mostly theory and less focused on the technical aspect or specifics of technology, he as a great author had the credibility to rationalize and argue about the essay and the book. He also done a good research on the science history and could argue about the development of technology.