Swami Nithyananda & Other Babas, Can You Please Leave the Science to the Scientists?

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Swami Nithyananda & Other Babas, Can You Please Leave the Science to the Scientists?

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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few centuries ago, if your profession was “scientist”, you’d be subject to unspeakable torture. The authorities would have your name on a list that they’d reserve for heretics, murderers, and gay people. You’d be sent to a camp where a thousand spiritual godmen would attempt to exorcise the science devil out of your system.

These days, however, it’s generally accepted that science is a pretty decent thing. It’s given us iPhones – which are cool to take pics of food – and toasters, to make said food. In the last thousand years or so, spiritual advisors haven’t been able to match science’s contribution to mankind. What are a couple of Osho documentaries and cool cathedrals when compared to science’s BMWs and waffle-irons?

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