Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Videos Section

1. Quantum Physics proves what ancient Hindus knew 5000 years ago. A video from the Science and Non Duality (Advaita) conference.  LINK

2. Stuart Hameroff, anesthesiologist and Professor at the University of Arizona, believes that reincarnation and not recycling ( recycling of atoms & molecules as the materialists believe) is the truth and that the observations of Quantum Mechanics are entirely consistent with the eastern spiritual traditions (Hinduism/Buddhism/Taoism). His TEDx talk on the same can be seen here. LINK

3. The true meaning of Science and Spirituality. Another video from the Science and Non Duality (Advaita) conference. Featuring reputed scientists of today. LINK

4. Why Materialism is Baloney - Bernardo Kastrup. Bernardo has a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and has worked as a scientist in some of the world's foremost research laboratories, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the 'Casimir Effect' of Quantum Field Theory was discovered). LINK

5. Cosmic Truth with Dr. Amit Goswami. Dr. Goswami is a theoretical nuclear physicist at the Oregon Institute for Theoretical Physics. LINK

6. (Not a video link) Near-Death experiences occur when the soul leaves the nervous system and enters the universe, claim two quantum physics experts Stuart Hameroff (described above) and Sir Roger Penrose. Roger Penrose is a mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science. He is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, as well as an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College. LINK

7. Where are memories stored? Dr. Rudy Tanzi, professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School in conversation with Deepak Chopra LINK

8. Dr. Rupert Sheldrake vs Dr. Richard Dawkins on Physic Skepticism LINK

9. Is a false equivalency being drawn between Advaita Vedanta and Quantum Physics? Top Scientists Menas Kafatos, John Hagelin and Lothar Schafer answer. Dr Menas Kafatos is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University. Dr. John Hagelin is a world-renowned quantum physicist, educator, public policy expert and leading proponent of peace. Lothar Schafer is a distinguished professor of Physical Chemistry (emeritus) at the University of Arkansas. LINK

10. The Science Delusion by Dr. Rupert Sheldrake. LINK

11. Science beyond the superstitions of materialism - Dr. Rupert Sheldrake in conversation with Deepak Chopra LINK

12. Near Death Experience of a Neurosurgeon showing us the deepest realms of Super Physical existence. Dr. Eben Alexander, a renowned academic neurosurgeon, spent over three decades honing his scientific worldview. He thought he knew how the brain and mind worked. A transcendental near-death experience (NDE), in which he was driven to the brink of death and spent a week deep in coma from an inexplicable brain infection, changed all of that - completely! LINK

13.  Was Buddha just a nice guy? - Dean Raddin , chief scientist at the institute of noetic sciences, answers. LINK

14. Consciousness - A conversation with Deepak Chopra and Stuart Hameroff LINK

15. Quantum Reality and the Spiritual Mind by Lothar Schafer LINK

16. World-renowned Particle Physicist John Hagelin on Consciousness and the Vedas LINK

17. Deriving Special Relativity and Quantum Mechanics from Consciousness by Sky Nelson who is a cutting edge researcher of consciousness and physics LINK

18. The Nature of Consciousness - Federico Faggin . Federico is widely known for designing the first commercial microprocessor. LINK

19. Dr. Pim Van Lommel , a prominent Dutch cardiologist, and his scientific studies on Near Death Experiences and Consciousness LINK

20. Mind and Wave Function Collapse - John Hagelin in conversation with top American physicist Henry Stapp LINK

21. Entangled Minds and Beyond - Dean Raddin, PH.D LINK

- Amit

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Status of the Aryan Invasion Theory in academic circles today

The Status of the Aryan Invasion Theory in Academic Circles

This is a short post on the status of the 'Aryan Invasion Theory' today in academic circles. Based on my frequent interactions with interested folks on Twitter I've come to understand that there is a lot of confusion regarding the status of the AIT. Some believe the AIT has been proven false while others believe just the opposite. Some of them also claim that the AIT problem will not be solved until the Indus script is deciphered. I will now attempt to clear the confusion.

The 'Aryan Invasion Theory' was rechristened the 'Aryan Migration Theory' in 1995 since there was no archaeological evidence for an invasion. The AMT, as it is now known, is purely a problem of linguistics and not caste/race/ethnicity. There are similarities in the languages of Northern India, Iran, Europe and Central Asia. The question is 'How'?

Lets hear from Hans Henrich Hock who is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Sanskrit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

At 5:30 (Part 1) he says 'The issue is much more difficult to figure out. I'm always amazed by people who on one side or another have this very clear view that they know the truth. I think we have to take this basically as a scientific issue where we have to judge which is the best hypothesis. And that doesn't mean that it is the absolute truth because we can't go back in time.'

So, Hans Henrich Hock, who basically works within the 'AMT' paradigm says (above) that the issue is extremely difficult to solve. Yet there are folks around (on social media which is where I get to interact with them) with no background in linguistics or anything to do with the AMT for that matter who're cocksure about the validity of a migration into India. Then there are those who say the 'AMT' is dead. This is only partially true. The AMT is dead in  the sense that it has nothing working for it. Be it the study of linguistics, genetics, archaeology or anthropology - no scientific field of study has been able to lend credence to the AMT so far.  But the theory is still alive and kicking in academic circles. We'll see why.

Genetics supports an Out of India migration
Lets listen in to Hans Hock again. At 9:38 (Part 1) he says 'Whatever mixture there is of genome and other traits in S. Asia has been that way for the last 20,000 - 40,000 years. There is also some indication that actually there was a migration out of the Greater South Asian area through Central Asia and then into Europe'.

A show on genetics 'Solving History with Olly Steeds' on the Discovery Channel also rubbished any support for the AIT/AMT.

In an open letter to the Sanskrit Professor at Harvard University, Michael Witzel, Greek Sanskrit Scholar Nicholas Kazanas writes the following 'I note you have now stopped referring to Genetics and gene flow, as you did some years back, since this area no longer holds hopes for the mainstream view and shows that the movement is Out of India'. Professor Witzel is well known in academic circles as a fundamentalist AMT propagandist. Do read the entire letter to get a glimpse of what sort of a person Witzel really is. 

Linguistic Fraud by the AIT propagandists
This section is the most crucial in the entire presentation because the fraudulent approach to linguistics by traditional AMT propagandists will be exposed here. Since the AMT issue is fundamentally a problem of linguistics an endorsement by this branch of study would be decisive. 

In a paper titled 'Commentary on Kazanas' Semantics of the Indo-Aryan Controversy', Spanish linguist Xaverio Ballester exposes the fundamentalism that has crept into the Indo-Aryan problem. 

Quoting his paper (first paragraph) 'As Kazanas (Nicholas) properly points out the subject has become already a kind of linguistic dogma dating from the mid 19th century since nowadays evidences from Archaeology, Anthropology, Genetics, Literature and Linguistics support only indigenism (Out of India) '.

Here comes the absolutely crucial part. On Page 31 (there are only 6 pages in the entire paper) of the same paper Xaverio details how fraudulent AMT propagandists like Michael Witzel reject the obvious and real explanations because it does not support their AMT propaganda and cook up their own version of linguistics.

Quoting from Page 31 (there are only 6 pages in the entire paper) of the same paper.

One of these arguments directly concerns the language: the apparent archaic nature of Sanskrit. A feature that - as Kazanas correctly points out is clearly visible, for example, in the vocal-ism of this language with it's six historical phonemes: /a i u a: i: u:/. As most other Indo-European languages also display /e/ and /o/ as vocalic phonemes, one must explain this divergence through one of these main two possibilities:

1. Sanskrit exhibits a more ancient vocalic phase, where /e/ and /o/ have not been developed yet. Indeed the [e] and [o] are emerging in Sanskrit mainly as a result of /ai/ and /au/.

2. The vocalism of both Sanskrit and the other Indo-European languages is not the ancient one but a third one which is not represented in any Indo-European language.

As a result of the comparison with many parallel situations in other historical languages, the only obvious and real explanation can be the first one. Because of the archaic pattern of the major historic Aryan language, Sanskrit, the required late arrival of the Indo-Europeans in the far east does not fit very well. Thus, traditional theory chooses the second option and therefore posts a completely fictitious phonemic pattern based on some pure theoretical monstrosities called Laryngeals, a sort of a specimen that is neither a vowel nor a consonant but..all the opposite. To sum up, a kind of phonemes that is not documented in any historical or real language. With this subtle strategy, traditional theory keeps the uncomfortable archaising character of Sanskrit away.


Linguistics provides 100% support to the 'Out of India' theory which is why frauds like Michael Witzel ignore the real and obvious explanations by constructing and making use of fictitious linguistic constructs which have now been exposed and are out in the public domain.

One of the linguistic posits of the AMT is that the Avesta is older than the Rig Veda. Nicholas Kazanas shows in his brilliant presentation yet again step by step how traditionalists manipulate the science of linguistics to favor their utterly ridiculous theories - Vedic and Avestan by Nicholas Kazanas No one has been able to challenge Nicholas Kazanas yet. Instead many Indologists like Xaverio Ballester have come out against AMT traditionalist like Witzel whose core competency lies in manipulating evidence and verbally abusing those who disagree with him and his ilk.

Another major linguistic argument is the Isogloss. An isogloss is an area within which all languages develop certain common features. A book by Shrikant Talageri in 2008 has shown that Saptasindhu fits best as the homeland from which all these isoglosses spread and developed. Again no one has been able to challenge Srikant yet. Nicholas Kazanas will soon be publishing a paper to show how only Saptasindhu fits best as the homeland from which all these isoglosses developed. As an exercise, search (CTRL+F) for 'Evidence of the Isogloss' in this book by Shrikant Talageri and read the entire section to understand how AMT folks manipulate the science of linguistics to suit their needs. You'll find a lot of linguistic jargon which you can skip  (unless you're a linguist) to focus on the English text.

These excellent video presentations below by eminent scholar Shrikant Talageri are a must watch if one wishes to cover the entire spectrum of the linguistic, textual and archaeological arguments.

Aryan Invasion Theory - Shrikant Talageri - Part 1

Aryan Invasion Theory - Shrikant Talageri - Part 2

Out of India Theory - Chronology of the Rig Veda

Indus Script
We do not know what language the Indus script represents yet because the script has so far not been deciphered. There is more than enough evidence out there to show that the Harappans were Vedic. Here are a few - Why perpetuate myths? & The Rig Veda is pre-Harappan

The AMT has almost collapsed in academic circles in the West as the interview with Hans Hock above demonstrated. It is only a matter of time before the truth is out and that is the migration was from India to Central Asia, Iran and Europe.

Recommended Reading
Brilliant research by Professor Nicholas Kazanas on Indology
Brilliant research by Srikant Talageri 

- Amit

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hinduism and Quantum Physics for Dummies

Hinduism and Quantum Physics for Dummies

Jump straight to the Video Section
Let's get down straight to business. Someone once famously remarked 'Life is a book whose first and last pages are missing' Despite science having made so much progress it still has no answers to the most fundamental questions of life - Who're we? What is the origin of consciousness? Is death the end?

Scientists in the 21st century are mostly divided between two paradigms - Materialism and Advaita Vedanta (Monistic Idealism). Materialists have traditionally believed that the brain (matter) creates consciousness while the latter (Vedantins) believe that the universe is conscious and that consciousness (or Brahman/God) gives rise to the material universe. This, of course, is just the fundamental difference. This piece will only delve into the very basic fundamentals of these two paradigms.

Prominent Scientists who believe in Materialism: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer, Lawrence Krauss among others.

Prominent Scientists who believe in Advaita Vedanta: Sir Roger Penrose, Henry Stapp, Stuart Hameroff, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Dean Raddin, Rudy Tanzi, Hans Peter Duer, Menas Kafatos, Amit Goswami among others.

The materialists like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss etc believe that the fundamental basis of the universe is matter (atoms & molecules) and all emergent phenomena (including consciousness) is the result of material interactions (upward causation). They believe that the brain (matter i.e. atoms & molecules) gives rise to consciousness (loosely termed soul). The Universe and all phenomena in it are random. How randomness creates such a finely tuned universe and intelligent life is of course left to one's wild imagination. To know more about this Godless philosophy pick up some of the works of the prominent materialists mentioned above. This TED talk by Dr. Rupert Sheldrake on the 'Science Delusion' (which is a must watch) will throw more light on the problems with materialism.

Astronomer Fred Hoyle once noted - 'The probability that random chance created life is roughly the same as the probability that a hurricane could blow through a junkyard and create a Boeing 707.'

According to the materialists the universe is a machine. That implies that we (individual components of the universe) are machines as well. But machines cannot process meaning and context like us. No computer algorithm can be written or has been written so far that can process meaning/context. That is why in the comments section of any YouTube video human intervention is required for marking comments as spam because a machine cannot process meaning/context on it's own and determine which comment is spam and which isn't. So if machines cannot process meaning/context and humans can, how exactly are we machines? Materialists also believe that as machines become more complex they'll be capable of producing subjective consciousness. I'm not sure what the implication of such a belief is but are they implying that after attaining consciousness the machines will be able to grow old and die like us? Some clarity would help.

Advaita Vedanta
Vedantins holds that consciousness (God), not matter, is the ground of all being (downward causation). It is monist because it holds that there is only one type of thing in the universe and idealist because it holds that the one thing to be consciousness. A movement called Non Duality based on the Advaita Vedanta philosophy which is the philosophy of monistic idealism has sprung up in the West and is challenging the philosophy of materialism. Advaita Vedanta is a school of Hindu philosophy and religious practice giving a unifying interpretation of the whole body of Upanishads. Advaita refers to the identity of the true self, Atman, which is pure consciousness and the highest reality, Brahman, which is also pure consciousness. It states - 'Pure Consciousness (Brahman or God) is the only reality. The universe is an illusion'. The Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum Physics aligns itself well with the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta.

Did you know that the founders of Quantum Physics were all Vedantists and credited the Vedas for many of their theories?

The founders of Quantum Physics were Vedantists

Erwin Schrodinger, one of the founders of Quantum Mechanics had a lifelong interest in Hinduism

The influence of Vedic Philosophy on Nikola Tesla's Understanding of Free Energy

Science and Spirituality: Heisenberg's mystical experience?

Where are memories stored?
Not that this is important to the discussion but the difference in beliefs of materialists and monistic idealists will throw light on the approach of both the paradigms. The materialists have a tendency to ascribe everything to the brain. What is the origin of consciousness? Brain. Where are memories stored? Brain. 'Where else could the memories be stored, in the bum?' would retort the materialist when questioned. Now this will come as a surprise to most of us because we're conditioned to believe that memories are stored in the brain but this cannot be proven scientifically. No neuroscientist can pin point the location in the brain where memories are stored. It is just a belief so far. What does the monistic idealist believe? Hear it from Deepak Chopra & Rudy Tanzi (Renowned Professor of Neurology at Harvard University) Memory and the Brain 

Eww, Deepak Chopra? That charlatan?
Please read the Editorial Reviews and then decide for yourself how much of a charlatan he is. The common perception is that he is a snake oil salesman who invents fuzzy pseudo scientific concepts/words to make spirituality compatible with science. If this is so, you might want to question why scientists who're at the top of their game support what he says in the reviews. Do your own research before jumping to a conclusion like I always do. 

Where is this Soul or Consciousness you talk about?
The materialists/biologists always ask 'But where is the soul'? True that science has no clue about the soul yet. We all know that atoms are 99.9999999999% empty space. That is where the consciousness is according to the monist idealists. And this consciousness permeates every single atom in the universe which means the universe itself is conscious. Hear what world renowned Psychaiatrist Stanislav Grof has to say - Brain, consciousness and Hinduism

Quantum Physics
Not many people know this but Quantum Physics is also known as the mystical branch of science. There are more than 10 interpretations of Quantum Physics and the most prominent of them which also includes consciousness is the Copenhagen interpretation which aligns itself well with the Vedanta Philosophy. Richard Feynman once quoted - 'If you think you understand quantum mechanics you don't understand quantum mechanics'. It has been close to a century since Schrodinger formulated the famous Schrodinger wave equation but scientists till date have no clue as to what Quantum Physics really is. This, as far as I'm concerned, only makes it amply clear that the key to understanding our universe is Quantum Physics.

The Problem of Gaps
There are gaps in our understanding of neuroscience/evolution/etc which are acknowledged by the materialists. Now these gaps wouldn't exist at all if matter was the fundamental basis of our existence. The reason there are gaps is because reality cannot be explained away by postulating matter to be the underlying reality of the universe. For instance, think of a chocolate. Does the image of the chocolate appear? Where does it appear? It isn't in your brain. So where is it? Materialism cannot explain this. The gaps clearly expose the materialist paradigm.

- Amit