Introduction — April 13, 2013
The Western media was quick to deride claims that an Iranian had mastered “time travel”.
“Iran’s technological prowess has reached an all-time high… it claims to have solved the metaphysical conundrums associated with time travel,” wrote Spencer Ackerman in Wired.
While the London Telegraph reported:
Ali Razeghi, a Tehran scientist has registered “The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine” with the state-run Centre for Strategic Inventions.
The device can predict the future in a print out after taking readings from the touch of a user, he told the Fars state news agency.
Many other Western news outlets reported the same story with the same derisory tone. In fact many used publicity stills from the time travel caper “Back to the Future” to accompany the story. As if Iranian claims about scientific or technical achievements should all be treated with scepticism, except for claims about Iran’s nuclear weapons, of course.
Meanwhile, Iran’s own Deputy Minister of Science, Research and Technology has also dismissed claims about the “time machine”.
What’s interesting however, is the way the various Western media outlets reacted in unison to the story and in much the same manner. As if media owners, editors and publishers had been ‘advised’ beforehand to treat all Iranian claims about scientific or technical advances as if they fraudulent boasts.
Now we are not saying that some sort censorship is being applied. Only that the Western media’s uniform response recalls the way it once responded to claims about Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Are newspaper owners, editors and publishers now being ‘advised’ how to cover stories concering Iran?
Deputy Minister: No ‘Time Machine’ Invention Registered in Iran
FARS News Agency — April 12, 2013
Iran’s Deputy Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad Mehdinejad Nouri dismissed the claims raised by an Iranian inventor who says he has registered an invention to predict between five and eight years into the future of any individual.
“Making scientific claims is free for all, but registration of these claims as inventions should undergo certain legal stages based on scientific proofs and evidence,” Mehdinejad Nouri told FNA on Friday.
He also said that the statistics related to the production of science in Iran is presented by authentic and creditable international data bases, alluding that there is no room for allegations in Iranian science.
Mehdinejad Nouri rejected the claims raised by Ali Razeqi, an Iranian scientist who says he has registered ‘the Aryayek Time Traveling Machine’ with the state-run Center for Strategic Inventions.
“Such a claim has not been registered in Iran’s State Organization for Registration of Deeds and Properties,” he underlined.
Razeqi, 27, has reportedly claimed that he had been working on the project for the past 10 years.
He said the machine would use algorithms to predict the future of any individual, between five and eight years into their future.
“My invention easily fits into the size of a personal computer case and can predict details of the next five-eight years of the life of its users. It will not take you into the future, it will bring the future to you,” he said.
Razeqi said the invention could help the government as well as the ordinary people in predicting the future to become ready for the events.
“The Americans are trying to make this invention by spending millions of dollars on it where I have already achieved it by a fraction of the cost,” he said, and added, “The reason that we are not launching our prototype at this stage is that the Chinese will steal the idea and produce it in millions overnight.