“The test of originality for an idea is not the absence of one single predecessor but the presence of multiple but incompatible ones.”
– Nassim Nicholas Taleb
What is original about my proposal?
That, per Mahabharata text chronology, Bhishma was on the bed of arrows (from the 10th day of the War until the day of winter solstice) for >92 days!
What are other Mahabharata researchers claiming?
While all researchers agee (they have to if Mahabharata text is their reference and they are proposing their timeline for Bhishma Nirvana based on Mahabharata text references) that Bhishma fell down in the battle on the 10th day of the War and was on the bed of arrows until the day of Winter solstice, many of these researchers are ignorant of the fact that their proposed timeline INSTANTANEOUSLY FALSIFIES their own claim!
Majority of them claim the duration of Bhishma on the bed of arrows to be equal to 58 days! Again, many of these researchers are ignorant of the fact that their proposed timeline INSTANTANEOUSLY FALSIFIES their own claim!
There are few other variations which I will discuss when we look at individual claims for the duration (and also start and stop days) for Bhishma Nirvana.
Let’s begin with One minute refresher on ‘Theory, hypothesis, evidence, conjecture, validation, corrboration, falsification and method of science’. All time great Richary Feynman.
(Laughter in the audience is due to their misconception that he is joking. In reality, he is dead serious. The challenge of comprehending scientific method continues, in our times)
We will follow the steps as follows:
(1) State the name of Mahabharata researcher (brief background, if required) and his proposed date for the day of Bhishma Nirvana.
(2) If this Mahabharata researcher has not explicitly stated the day for Bhishma Nirvana, we will estimate it using Voyager simulation. Note we are only looking at those claims where first day of Mahabharata War is specified. Thus we can estimate day of Bhishma’s fall in the battle (10th day from the first day of War) and then also the day (or day after) of winter solstice. These calculations provide us with the duration of Bhishma on the bed of arrows, per claim of specific Mahabharata researcher.
(3) Since all Mahabhrata researchers agree (they have to) on the first and last day of Bhishma on the bed of arrows, we will evaluate a specific claim against this basic requirments (10th day of the War and the day (or day after) of winter solstice)
(4) Next, we will look at the total duration for Bhishma on the bed of arrows, per this specific claim.
(5) We will state specific Mahabharata(text)observations that can be corroborated by this claim
(6) We will state specific Mahabharata (text) observations that conflict/contradict with this claim.
(7) We will calculate Versimilitude of the claim by simple forumula = Corroborated – (conflicted/contradicted)
(8) We will state specific Mahabharata references (limited to context of Bhishma Nirvana chronology) that FALSIFY this specific claim.
(9) We will state specific Mahabharata references (beyond the context of Bhishma Nirvana) that also FALSIFY this specific claim.
(10) For brevity, we will not consider extraneous references (outside Mahabharata text) in our criticism. However, if reader wants to bring up non-Mahabharata text references, we will certainly evaluate them by employ them and state our inferences.
Let the fun begin. Who said Mahabharata research is boring?!
To be continued…