One of the many things that make me different to everyone else, is that I take nothing for granted. I critically analyse everything. I question everything. I absolutely hate those who assert something as true which is not just scientifically unsound but logically fallacious. Their claims are always on my watch. One such claim is that of the existence of the soul and that’s about to get a thorough debunking.
I’ve got into a lot of online debates in the past few years about the scientific prowess of ancient India. For the record, if you aren’t sure what this website is all about, I maintain they weren’t really good at it – science, that is. I repeat, India wasn’t great at science. Yes, I know they did a lot of clever stuff but their feats are not really impressive. Their accomplishments do not exceed expectations of them at any given time in history. Finding evidence of the use of nuclear weapons in the stone age is newsworthy; discovering spears and tools made of rock is not.
I spend a lot of time on the internet searching for interesting things to learn. The search isn’t specific and neither is the inflow of information. I take what I get. Sadly some of it is utter nonsense. I happened upon a few articles recently that suggest Sanskrit, the ancient nigh dead Indian language, is good for computer programming and that NASA uses it to program artificial intelligence. A peek at the headlines triggered my bullshit alarm – we should all have one – but, in those moments of curiosity, I perused their contents. They were so very devoid of rationality, I had to search for a fun little activity to take my mind off it. Betteridge’s law of headlines did the trick.Betteridge’s law: If the headline to an article is a question, the answer is always no.
A few weeks ago I had written an article about twenty five of the many pseudoscientific rationalisations of Hindu traditions floating around the internet. If there’s one thing a Hindu likes, that is validating their beliefs using science. It doesn’t matter to them that they’ve been fed with lies. Hell, they don’t even realise it most of the time. It certainly doesn’t help that they also do have a very skewed idea of what science really constitutes. It’s because of their ignorance that they’re happy assimilating the extremely widespread lie that Hinduism is scientific; they don’t bother verifying any of it.
‘Ayurveda is awesome. It is a brilliant medicine system that originated in this mystical land called India. Unlike western medicine, it doesn’t have any side-effects. It is made only from natural and organic material. It can cure anyone of anything. It can fix every illness known to mankind, even the ones that have stumped western scientists. Ayurveda can cure cancer. With so many obviously good qualities attributed to this wonderful creation of the ancients, it’s surprising to see the rest of the world hasn’t already accepted it as the default medicine system. Why on earth is that?’