Taking a conscious decision to embark on a mission of promoting scientific temperament and rationalism in India was an obvious one for me. Among many reasons, the most important ones were the rise of pseudo-science promotions in the
This girl in the picture above is probably so glad because she found “evidence” of Lord Voldemort (Thomas Riddle)’s “existence” at Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Kirkyard. Will after thousands of years later this grave be enough “proof” or “evidence” for Harry Potter “followers” to believe there existed a Harry Potter and a demon called Lord Voldemort with exemplary magical powers? This corollary is not a perfect one to justify my arguments but I guess it is enough to explain the logic behind. The logic is that any ancient book, mythological or not, written in any era will obviously draw some inspiration from that era. That’s why any retrospective look at the history will have some instances of coincidence with historical places mentioned in books referenced to support mixing of science and mythologies. This just proves what’s the age of such scripture, nothing more; especially “scientific advancements” claimed strangely solely by “a specific political party” for reasons best known to them.
It becomes almost necessary to quote Einstein here, “science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind”. What happened to Narendra Dabholkar is a classic case of how rational voices are being systematically targeted for reforming
It is a well-known fact now how fake news and misinformation can polarize public opinion as evident from Brexit or US elections. There is absolutely no way other than a scientific temperament to cross check the source to differentiate between news and plain falsification. Morphed videos or those taking a portion out of whole speech to entirely change the context have triggered violence and extremism in many cases, example of Muzaffarnagar riots is worth mentioning because an MLA was booked for uploading a fake video that incited the riots. In this digital age when news is been feed to us at such a rapid pace that we are not able to absorb it. It makes it easier for miscreants to distort, obscure or sensationalise something knowing a lack of scientific temperament in gullible janta means they will be able to spread lies without being caught or questioned. Before we ask our government to act on this menace, the onus is on us especially the learned community to build a Rationalist mindset that questions what is being feed to them and research about the integrity of the information through proper checks and control.
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