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Date Posted: 10:41
Author: Eponymous-28Aug02
Subject: Re: Vedic Mathematics & Prof. Nerode?
In reply to: Anonymous-28Aug02 's message, "Re: Vedic Mathematics & Prof. Nerode?" on 10:40

"This is the same spirit of inquiry and seeking that made the ancient Vedic seers great."

Yes, and those of many other cultures as well.

I would be careful, though, about refering to yoga as in any sense "scientific"; I think it is more accurately called a technique or practice. I realize that some posters here use the term 'science' in a colloquial sense, but with that usage comes a natural tendency to extend it - to make claims about yoga as being "science" in the narrow, hypothetico-deductive-controlled-testing sense. I think that posters like Ketch, Mike C., Anil and others will stipulate that this extention is erroneous.

For similar reasons, I think it is an error to analogize yogic practice itself to a scientific trial. For one thing, scientific trials are designed around falsifiability criteria; this really is not the case with yogic "trials".

All that aside, I think you are right that religious seekers share many traits with scientific inquirers. That basic epistemic hunger fires us all.

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