The Joy of being ‘DEBUNKED’

“There could be no fairer destiny for any…theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on, as a limiting case” – Albert Einstein — Shri Manish Pandit has kindly taken up the challenge to debunk my theory (and proposal).  Of course, he uses a cautious language,…

Secrets & Mysteries

“There are secrets and mysteries. Secrets have one answer which is hidden and can be found out for one knows they exist. Mysteries on the other hand have multiple answers which have probabilities attached.” – Ramana Gaaru — My humble take, based on numerous experiences, is that until one figures out the secret, it remains…

Celebrating day of Bhishma Nirvana : 31 January 2015

I was going to title this article as ‘Celebrating Punya-Tithi of Bhishma’. Then I realized that ‘Tithi’ as is determined in Indian Luni-Solar calendar, deviates from a specific day of Greogian (or Julian) calendar. The day (per Julian Calendar), extended into antiquity, for the passing away of Bhishma was 31 January 5560 BCE.  Thus we…

Severe Tests & Progress in Science

We know when we have made progress in science and our knowledge has grown, when we see the following.. (excerpts from Conjectures & Refutations, by Karl Popper) (1) A theory (new theory.. that is) tells us more. It contains (explains) the greater amount of empirical information or content. (2) It is logically stronger – Greater…

Heavy Bakwas & Bogus Astronomy

“Heavy Bakwas & Bogus Astronomy” No, These are not my words to describe majority of astronomy works on timing of Mahabharata; although these are indeed  apt words to describe most of the astronomy works (with few rare exceptions) on the timing of Mahabharata. These words were stated by Shri Manish Pandit (a medical doctor in…

Traditional Beliefs: Benefits & Limitations

Benefits Traditional beliefs can provide a seed assumptions aka starting points as researchers of Indian history explore timeline of ancient India.  They provide a starting point and may allow one to estimate plausible time for the beginning of such tradition, which in turn, may define the timing of a specific historic event.   They also provide a…

Indologists & Linguists

Arguing with Indologists & Linguists (unfortunately, majority of them, to our dismay, in the India research context, are one and the same) about error, error probability or archeo-astronomy is exactly like arguing with George W. Bush about algebraic geometry. (Modified quote – original quote of Naseem Taleb about ‘Biologists’)