THE HIMALAYAN TALK: INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM RISKIER

http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICAL OF BAMCEF LEADERSHIP

[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST

We talked with Palash Biswas, an editor for Indian Express in Kolkata today also. He urged that there must a transnational disaster management mechanism to avert such scale disaster in the Himalayas. http://youtu.be/7IzWUpRECJM

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS BLASTS INDIANS THAT CLAIM BUDDHA WAS BORN IN INDIA

THE HIMALAYAN VOICE: PALASH BISWAS DISCUSSES RAM MANDIR

Published on 10 Apr 2013 Palash Biswas spoke to us from Kolkota and shared his views on Visho Hindu Parashid's programme from tomorrow ( April 11, 2013) to build Ram Mandir in disputed Ayodhya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77cZuBunAGk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALSH BISWAS FLAYS SOUTH ASIAN GOVERNM

Palash Biswas, lashed out those 1% people in the government in New Delhi for failure of delivery and creating hosts of problems everywhere in South Asia. http://youtu.be/lD2_V7CB2Is

Palash Biswas on BAMCEF UNIFICATION!

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS ON NEPALI SENTIMENT, GORKHALAND, KUMAON AND GARHWAL ETC.and BAMCEF UNIFICATION! Published on Mar 19, 2013 The Himalayan Voice Cambridge, Massachusetts United States of America

BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE 7

Published on 10 Mar 2013 ALL INDIA BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE HELD AT Dr.B. R. AMBEDKAR BHAVAN,DADAR,MUMBAI ON 2ND AND 3RD MARCH 2013. Mr.PALASH BISWAS (JOURNALIST -KOLKATA) DELIVERING HER SPEECH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL-n6MrcoM http://youtu.be/oLL-n6MrcoM

Imminent Massive earthquake in the Himalayas

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Palash Biswas on Citizenship Amendment Act

Mr. PALASH BISWAS DELIVERING SPEECH AT BAMCEF PROGRAM AT NAGPUR ON 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2003 Sub:- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2003 http://youtu.be/zGDfsLzxTXo

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Mother Teresa always had been a Saint for us! Why the Mother should need Miracles for sainthood? I believe that she always had been a saint.Most of us believe it,believer or not! I dare to ask the question and expect the answer from no other person,but the Pope! We might never know whether blind nationalism or governance of fascism would allow us to celebrate the event as proud Indian as well as the Hindu,by birth! Palash Biswas



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Mother Teresa always had been a Saint for us!

Why the Mother should need Miracles for sainthood?


I believe that she always had been a saint.Most of us believe it,believer or not!


I dare to ask the  question and expect the answer from no other person,but the Pope!


We might never know whether blind nationalism or governance of fascism would allow us to celebrate the event as proud Indian as well as the Hindu,by birth!


Palash Biswas



While the Nation and people,both vertically divided and the environment is most volatile for survival as a conscious human being at least,just before happy Christmas the Vatican confirmed that Mother Teresa would be the next sent!


We might never know whether blind nationalism or governance of fascism would allow us to celebrate the event as proud Indian as well as the Hindu,by birth!


Because Mother Teresa is a Christian and she has been a missionary charged with conversion and the hate campaign continues.


I believe that she always had been a saint.Most of us believe it,believer or not!


I want to ask a question and expect the answer from no other person,but the Pope!


Why the Mother should need Miracles for sainthood?


For us,excluding the blind Hindu nationalist Bajrangi Brigade which never consider anyone other than Hindu as Indian or at least human being to celebrate life and liberty and spares non irrespective to the role played by any individual in any sphere of Indian life,we have always been considered the Mother as Saint.The Pope has only confirmed her sainthood.


Personally, I am neither a Christian nor a religious man but I had never been against the values,ideals,ethics,morality and inherent pluralism and tolerance, public welfare,the fight for good against evil,the struggle to sustain the truth.


As a Nation we are very very religious and Indian religion is all about love,tolerance and pluralism.


Hatred is the widget and gadget of the Free Market Economy and I never consider the flag bearers issuing Fatwa and crying Jihad as religious at all.


In fact,they are the most destructive fascist elements which not only kill the pluralism and tolerance,love and fraternity,they have launched a monopolistic aggression against nature and humanity.


While Religion is all about the ultimate spiritual association with nature and those associated with nature,for example the peasantry across the border live with their faith and they want peace for every sacrifice.They have been deprived of everything they have and they have nothing but their religious faith and we must respect it,I believe.It is the theme song of any religion worldwide.


It is all about the idea of India,its inherent pluralism and tolerance!


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Do Miracles Prove the Existence of God?


This definition separates "true miracles" from events that are simply statistically unlikely. These latter events are noteworthy because of their rarity, but they exist within natural laws. For example, a person surviving a disease believed to be terminal only shows that the disease may not be fully understood or that the prognosis was not accurate. Our understanding of the natural world can be modified by new knowledge without needing to throw out our understanding of the laws of the universe entirely.

An Unknown Cause Is Not the Same as Divine Intervention

As a case study of perceived miracles, let's examine the belief in thunder gods within certain cultures. Throughout history, there have been many thunder gods, spread out across multiple continents and civilizations (1). In most cases, the god created thunderstorms directly through his actions, whether this meant Zeus throwing lightning bolts or the beating of a thunderbird's wings. Today, when the scientific causes of thunder are well-known, such myths seem absurd and antiquated. At the time, though, believers likely felt that thunder was a miraculous event requiring such divine explanation.

This phenomenon of ascribing supernatural causes to mysterious events is a case of "argument from ignorance"(2). This is a fallacy where a person claims that a statement is true simply because there is no evidence to the contrary, even when there is also a total lack of supporting evidence. The argument takes the form "There is no argument against P, therefore P." In other words, "There is no explanation for this event, so God did it."

Imagine this analogy: let's say that I claim that the sun runs on trillions of AA batteries. You claim that this is ridiculous. In response, I ask you to explain where the sun gets its energy from. Perhaps you don't know the answer or assume that no one yet knows the source of sun's energy. Would it be reasonable to consider this lack of understanding to be proof of my claim?

Another problem with ascribing supernatural causes to mysterious events is that they are unfalsifiable, meaning that they can't be disproved. Unfalsifiable claims hold no merit without evidence. For example, there is no way to disprove that there is not a heat-resistant population of giant rhinos living close to Earth's core. Yet, the inability to disprove such a claim does not make it likely to be true. If a claim is unfalsifiable, the burden of proof for the claim lies on whoever is making the claim.

For any given event without an explanation, an unlimited number of unfalsifiable explanations could be offered, but none of them would necessarily be true. One person might ascribe a miracle to God while someone else claims that space aliens are responsible. Without evidence to back up their claims, these explanations are equally meaningless.

Time and again, events that may initially seem miraculous later turn out to have a reasonable explanation. For example, near-death experiences are often held up as proof of the afterlife. During such an experience, a person may feel as though she is outside of her body, looking down on it, or she may experience the feeling of traveling down a dark tunnel toward a source of light. Some people report hearing the voices of departed loved ones, with these disembodied voices sometimes urging them back away from the light, which some believe may be the afterlife.

These accounts can be compelling and, for the person experiencing them, very real. However, scientific evidence suggests a biological mechanism behind these responses, and the results can be triggered manually by doctors stimulating parts of a person's brain (3).

Just because an event's cause is not immediately apparent or understandable does not mean that it must have a supernatural origin. It might simply mean that more research should be completed to understand it or even that we may never fully understand it.

Many Events Are Inherently Meaningless

The human brain is hardwired to recognize patterns, even in random, meaningless noise. Michael Shermer calls it patternicity in his 2008 Scientific American article, "Patternicity: Finding Meaningful Patterns in Meaningless Noise" (4). According to Shermer, this tendency toward identifying patterns and assigning causal relationship is crucial regarding our ability to survive in nature, and it's something we've evolved to do very well. As Shermer explains in a 2010 TedTalk, "[Imagine] you are a hominid three million years ago walking on the plains of Africa, and you hear a rustle in the grass. Is it a dangerous predator, or is it just the wind? Your next decision could be the most important one of your life. Well, if you think that the rustle in the grass is a dangerous predator and it turns out it's just the wind, you've made an error in cognition…but no harm. You just move away. On the other hand, if you believe that the rustle in the grass is just the wind, and it turns out it's a dangerous predator, you're lunch. You've just won a Darwin award. You've been taken out of the gene pool." This example helps demonstrate how natural selection can favor assigning causality between events (5). In a 2008 paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, "The Evolution of Superstitious and Superstition-like Behaviour," Kevin R Foster and Hanna Kokko conclude that "the inability of individuals—human or otherwise—to assign causal probabilities to all sets of events that occur around them will often force them to lump causal associations with non-causal ones. From here, the evolutionary rationale for superstition is clear: natural selection will favour strategies that make many incorrect causal associations in order to establish those that are essential for survival and reproduction" (6).

This type of learning by association is prevalent in all types of animals. In the case of humans, our ability to spot patterns is quite sophisticated. Unfortunately, the brain can also be easily tricked into seeing patterns where none exist (e.g., shapes in the clouds, faces in wood grain or voices in white noise).

We're also quick to attribute meaning to things we experience, even if the event itself is inherently meaningless. As emotional human beings who form strong personal ties to one another and may care deeply for others, we cling to falsely perceived patterns possibly as a way to make sense of both tragedy and success and to, in some way, feel like we have some kind of reliable solution in situations where we sense a lack of control (7).

All of this explains why many people are so prone to believe in miracles. It does not make those miraculous experiences true. Without hard evidence to prove both the existence and cause of miracles, such events say little about the existence of God.

Improbable Events Are Not Proof of the Supernatural

Many people turn to the supernatural when they witness a highly improbable event and consider it to be a miracle rather than looking for a natural explanation. Yet an understanding of basic properties of probability laws shows that even extremely improbable events happen all the time (8). There are many examples that show that events with very small probability are not miraculous. In fact, they're commonplace. Mathematician J.E. Littlewood suggested that each one of us should expect one-in-a-million events to happen to us about once every month. Failing to recognize this is due to us ignoring the astronomically high number of events that occur which we find insignificant. Events that we do find significant, such as winning a lottery or dreaming about your mother calling you right before waking up to her call are just a tiny fraction of many other insignificant events with the same or even lower probability of occurring, such as the chance that you had a dream of your mother calling you and also running out of milk five days after at 7:21 am. As statistician David J. Hand explains, "Lives are full of events, minor and major. With so many events to choose from, it's only to be expected that some surprises will occur, even though they are incredibly unlikely when taken by themselves."

After witnessing events with very small probabilities, we might think that the laws of nature have been broken and attempt to use supernatural explanations to make sense of observing such events. But no matter how unlikely an event is, it doesn't mean that a supernatural explanation would be more likely, especially when you consider the fact that in order for us to accept such an explanation, we have to agree that scientific models of nature that have consistently and accurately explained and predicted many natural events are completely wrong simply because we have witnessed an unlikely event. Yet close analysis of such "miracles" have never led to any proof for a supernatural explanation, and, in fact, many have proven to be cheap magic tricks, hallucinations or primitive misunderstandings of natural phenomena (9).

References:

  1. Jordan, Michael. Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses. Second ed. New York: Facts on File, 2004.

  2. Bennett, Bo. "Argument from Ignorance." Logically Fallacious: The Ultimate Collection of Over 300 Logical Fallacies. EBookIt.com, 2012.

  3. Blanke, Olaf, and Sebastian Dieguez. "Leaving body and life behind: Out-of-body and near-death experience." The neurology of consciousness: Cognitive neuroscience and neuropathology (2009): 303-325.

  4. Shermer, Michael. "Patternicity: Finding Meaningful Patterns in Meaningless Noise." Scientific American. November 17, 2008. Accessed September 1, 2014.

  5. Shermer, Michael. "The Pattern behind Self-deception." TED. February 1, 2010. Accessed September 4, 2014.  

  6. Foster, Kevin R., and Hanna Kokko. "The evolution of superstitious and superstition-like behaviour." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 276, no. 1654 (2009): 31-37.

  7. Shermer, Michael. The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. St. Martin's Griffin, 2012.

  8. Hand, D. J. The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day. Scientific American, 2014.

  9. Nickell, Joe. Looking for a Miracle: Weeping Icons, Relics, Stigmata, Visions & Healing Cures. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1999.

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