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The final step in our research process brings it all back to the researcher: "What does all this mean to ME?"

We now come to the final methodological pillar of Religion Studies. The question here is: what about me , the student of Religion Studies? Where do I stand in all of this?

Know and affirm who you are

After all, you will be the one doing the study. So there is no point in forgetting or denying who you are. This is a crucial aspect of the subject. Who one is, will inevitable colour how one perceives things. That must quite simply be acknowledged. The fact that one is an adherent of African religion, a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu or whatever, will influence one's observations. You are not expected to make–believe that you are some kind of empty, blank, disembodied mind! There is nothing wrong in being who you are.

But that must be brought in balance with the previously mentioned pillars. While knowing who I am, I have to ...

  • respect the facts of religion, and not distort them to suit my preferences
  • be open to the discovery of new connections across religions
  • respect those whom I study, listen extremely carefully to them, understand them as well as I can, and never under any circumstances make fun of them

Note that the subject does not require any specific religious convictions

It is open to all, regardless of their religious persuasion, or lack of it. It is a public undertaking in the public space of our pluralistic world. One need not be religious at all oneself to be a good student of Religion Studies. In other words, one may count oneself among, for example, the adherents of a world view such as humanism. Or not even that. Remember that we use a very wide, inclusive definition of religion in this discipline.

The subject will enrich you at a personal level

Experience has shown over and again that the study of the religions of the world is a very rewarding journey form a personal point of view. How can it be otherwise? For, in spite of the many wrong things that have been done and are done today in the name of religion, religions nevertheless contain some of the loftiest sentiments of humanity. Studying them is an enriching experience, as you may already have started to discover.

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Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
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s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
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I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
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I'm interested in nanotube
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Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
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