A geography professor from California claims he has found Osama Bin Laden. Using mathematical models, the conclusion reached is that the head of Al Qaeda is hiding in one of three buildings in the town of Parachinar in north-west Pakistan. All the US forces need to do now is pluck him out of there (assuming Bin Laden does not read foreign press and has not fled already).
I checked the date; it is not April 1st today, so here’s the link to the full story, as reported in The Telegraph.
To me, this story is a beautiful example of the difference between occidental and oriental thinking. Sitting in his comfortable room in UCLA – and smoking God knows what – the esteemed professor has been able to use his oversized brain – and that of his computer – to pinpoint the location of an arch-terrorist on the other side of the planet. The confidence, not to say hubris, displayed by this line of thinking, is nothing short of astounding. It stands in stark contrast to the oriental way of thinking, where things are rarely quantified and categorised in such a rigid manner. Science versus art. IQ versus EQ.