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PostTor Guimaraes Honored for Scholarship, Teaching (Enrique Torner, USA, 06/07/19 10:31 pm)
I have been reading with great self-restraint all of the recent posts by Tor Guimaraes in which he put down all religions except his own: that of God the Universe, as he describes it. Out of curiosity, I checked his book online, and, after some Googling, I bumped into a website that I don't think (I hope) WAIS has posted: a newspaper article published on the Herald Citizen, a newspaper published in Cookeville, TN, on June 7, 2019.
Oh, my gosh! I can't believe this! June 7, 2019 is today! Of all the times to Google Tor, it had to be on the day his local newspaper honors him for his excellence in research! If this is not the uncanniest experience I have ever had, I don't know which it would be! What puzzles me is that, under the beautiful picture in which Tor is honored by Harvill Eaton (left), vice president for research and economic development, and Tech president Phil Oldham (right), the small print states that this was posted on April 23, 2019, so I'm not really sure I'm getting the date right. In any case, the event is fairly recent. This article describes how and why Tor was awarded Tennessee Tech University's highest faculty honor, the 2019 Caplenor Faculty Research Award. A few words from the article give a good summary:
"According to Google Scholar, his (Tor's) total body of work has been cited over 8,000 times, and most of those citations occurred after 2000. Dr. Guimaraes has been cited more than Tech's four other most-cited researchers combined.
"Guimaraes' most recent research includes testing special cultural traits to Banks' ability to innovate; an expanded model of success factors for new product development performance; human factors affecting hospital management systems impact on nurses' jobs; testing important factors for city e-gov implementation success; and assessing important factors to reduce obstacles in product innovation."
"Guimaraes is recognized by his colleagues as one of the most impressive, in-depth researchers in manufacturing and healthcare, in multiple disciplines ranging from management information systems to entrepreneurship and innovation."
I would like to congratulate our WAIS colleague on this award, which, from what I gather, he received with gentle humility. His dedication to research and teaching is worthy of WAISdom. Here is a link to the article:
P.S. In case you didn't guess it to begin with, I was planning to debate Tor's beliefs, but the unexpected find changed the direction of my post. I didn't want to spoil his deserved praise. We may believe differently, but I still admire his excellence in research and teaching. I will leave the theological debate for another day. Carpe diem, Tor!
JE comments: Tor Guimaraes describes research as not only his job, but also his hobby. There's no other way to explain his dedication and work ethic, traits that are also visible in his prolific writings for WAIS.
A huge congratulations, Tor!
Not All Religious People are Hypocrites
(Tor Guimaraes, USA
06/09/19 9:49 PM)
My deepest gratitude to Enrique Torner and Eugenio Battaglia for their extremely kind words about me. That was very humbling. I am very proud of getting the Caplenor Research Award but the truth is I could not have done it without my great partners all over the world from whom I have learned so much over the years.
Regarding my sharp criticism of all organized religions, I mean no personal insult to any religious person. I have great respect for many deeply religious people because of their behavior, including members of my family and close friends. On the other hand I must speak up since I finally understood that false gods are strongly and directly related to mankind's decadence, intellectual laziness, and lack of responsibility for their own decisions.
As John Eipper commented on my June 6 post, "serious theologians of established/hegemonic religions don't overlook the urgency of combatting hypocrisy in all its forms." I am sure some of these theologians are brilliant people and have always recognized the importance and struggled to fight hypocrisy. Think for example of Martin Luther who risked life and limb to fight the Catholic Church and ended up splitting the Christian religion. Unfortunately, it is like fighting greed in Capitalism. It is impossible because it goes against its own nature.
I am sure WAISer Muqtedar Khan's new book is great work. It may be very relevant to a better understanding of Islam, but I doubt it will make even a small difference resolving the greatest conflict within Islam today: the Shia-Sunni split. Some years ago I argued with my friend Soraya Sephapour-Ulrich about the huge theological problem that split represents in practice. She disagreed it was important. With such a schism, Islamic nations will be hobbled in the struggled to free themselves from Western dominance.
JE comments: Muqtedar Khan is careful in the introduction of his book to say that he has no idea what the impact will be. His exploration of Ihsan (perfection and beauty) urges Muslims to embrace love over law, and forgiveness over retribution. He does not address the Sunni-Shia schism, but does give a great deal of attention to the misunderstandings and misapplications of Shariah among many present-day Islamists.
I'll post further thoughts on Muqtedar's book upon my return to the US.