Posted by: digirak | June 12, 2008

Scientist Sanyasi

Gosh I am sometimes amazed as to how irrational and non scientific people can get, this is the limit. Come on in this 21st century and with all the focus of the scientific community on issues such as global warming and alternative fuels we still have Indian scientists who follow age old practises

http://www.livemint.com/2008/06/05233638/For-Indian-scientists-no-conf.html

What continues to amaze me more is the fact that all these indian scientists seem to be vedantists also popularly known as hindus which strangely caters to a lot of scientific thought. In a lil nutshell the above link talks about how scientists pray to ganesha before they start their day. What rubbish don’t the scriptures clearly talk about a elephant headed kid vanquishing a demon, surely unscientific compared to a gentleman turning wine to water, no offence intended, my point is no single religion or cult is free of contradictions or misnomers, but what really incenses is the fact that all beliefs which are inherently from the indo-aryan civilization are distinctly taken as primitive and backward.

Moreover , id rather have a satisfied superstitious scientist, than an unsatisfied scientist whos forced to divorce his deep set childhood beliefs as superstitions. Isnt it also a breach of privacy to question every step that the scientist takes and to dog him with questions of morality and hypocrisy at each stage. As long his beliefs or feelings dont affect his work i believe he is at liberty to do as he wishes. None of us are immune to the disease of hypocrisy and scientists are as human as any of the rest of mankind.

What further incarcerates me is the fact that by default all such practises are considered primitive and non scientific when science cannot explain gravity with conviction. I am not saying science is wrong or should not be followed, i am merely trying to point out that science still has miles to go and practises such as the ones practised by the indians did have a fair amount of scientific backing. Its merely unfortunate that its been overlooked and given the tag of superstition.

Its sadder to recall that these are the very people who will then be frogmarching our technolgies as junk and behind the back selling patents to the western companies. Its a sad state that we as a populous dont recognise scientific works of the early indians and other countries are patenting whats possibly meant to be open source.

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  1. ” id rather have a satisfied superstitious scientist, than an unsatisfied scientist whos forced to divorce his deep set childhood beliefs as superstitions.” – I LOVE THIS! 🙂


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