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Date Posted: 07:41
Author: Eponymous-27Aug02
Subject: Re: Vedic Mathematics & Prof. Nerode?
In reply to: Anonymous-27Aug02 's message, "Re: Vedic Mathematics & Prof. Nerode?" on 10:22

I marvel at the discoveries of the ancients - whether it be the Vedics, the Babylonians, the Greeks, or what have you.

But the fact is that we stand on their shoulders, and it is simply an error (and probably more than a little arrogant and prideful) to deny that we thereby see further than they.

For example, the Vedic cosmologists viewed our solar system as geocentric. [n.1] That this is in error no one here will deny.

There are probably dozens of other examples I could give, but the point is already clear enough: There really is no good in imputing to ancient contentions a competence they no longer have; doing so merely makes the sublime appear ridiculous.

1. See the Bhagavatam (5.1.30)(“ Like a second sun exactly following the orbit of the sun a seven times, did he thinking himself equally powerful say to himself: 'I'll make the night as brilliant as the day', without appreciating the superhuman influence of the Supreme Lord, whom he perfectly thought to satisfy by on a chariot circumambulating the Mountain of enlightenment of the sungod who so long as he dazzling illumines the one half of the earth darkens the other half”) Brahma-samhita (5.52) (“The sun is rotating in its fixed orbit in accordance with the order of God”).

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