Atomic physics Puttaparthi style. Deeply intriguing
Posted by robertpriddy on March 5, 2009
Some few quotations from many similarly anti-empirical statements and false ideas by Sathya Sai Baba show how he tried to impose on a simplified picture of the atom and the universe a meaning and purpose which is pure speculation… even though it has ancient roots in obscure and often confused scriptures written when humankind was in a very primitive state of speculation and ignorance of the workings of the physical universe. Interestingly, his chief propagandist is a relatively informed physicist (relative to Sathya Sai baba) yet this poor superstition-beleaguered Dr. G. Venkataraman – in his blind faith – naturally fails to challenge any of the Tommy rot his Lord and Master preaches.
The following quotes are from Sathya Sai Baba’s Guru Purnima Discourse, July, 2002.
(Sai Baba’s words are coloured brown and are in quotation marks, comments on them are in green)
“There is Divinity in every atom. Another name for the atom is God.”
The atom has never been called God since it was first actually discovered except in imagination – according to all scientific historians – by Thompson.
“From the time he was born until he died, Kaanaada contemplated on the atom saying, “Paramanu, paramanu, paramanu (meaning, ‘the smallest particle’).” This world could not be seen if the atom didn’t exist.”
The atom is not the smallest particle. Quarks are far smaller than atoms, protons, electrons or neutrons, all smaller than the atom, The self-proclaimed “great universal educator” – Sathya Sai Baba – has evidently not understood the first thing about the Geneva experiments by CERN with the large Hadron collider.
“Earlier there was no form at all in the universe.”
It does not make sense to speak about time earlier (i.e before the ‘Big Bang’). Space-time as we understand it is one and the same.
“There was no sun or moon, no sky or earth and no stars — nothing at all. All was pitch darkness. However,
atoms came very densely together. Due to them coming together, there was intense heat generated.”
Physics has demonstrated that in the hypothetical environment of the big bang at the very beginning it was impossible for atoms to be formed. However close atoms are, no heat is generated.
“Due to this heat, an enormous sound came about.”
There can be no sound in the vacuum.
“… all of these densely combined atoms broke apart and spread everywhere. The sound of that breaking is Pranava, Omkara, which is the Primordial sound. This only is the original and first sound. This Pranava is present everywhere. What did this Pranava arise from? It began from atoms. There is nothing else except atoms.”
Sound cannot exist in empty space, or cross space, it can only be carried by a physical medium.
“What is the way to attain it? Kaanaada investigated into that subject. Finally he realised that, “It is
only one sound. It is the first sound.”
The so-called ancient Indian sage and speculator about existence, Kannada, reasoned this without evidence, just as Sathya Sai Baba does with all his entire “teaching’ about the nature of the cosmos.
“The root cause for this whole Creation is only the atom. ”
Interesting – once again Sai Baba forgets God the Creator, which or who he himself claims to be!
Sathya Sai Baba is one of the true “Enemies of Reason”, such as are exposed by Professor Richard Dawkins in his excellent TV programme of the same title. Read more about his comical and wholly uninformed ideas about the stars, the cosmos, atoms, magnetism and more:-
SAI ON MAGNETISM A tour de force of exhibited ignorance of science
MORE SAI BABA ON MAGNETISM, CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER A howler for scientists
SAI’S MASSIVE IGNORANCE OF PHYSICS AND THE ATOM EXPOSED Not even high school level explanations!
SAI BABA’S TOUTED ‘SAIENCE’ – SHEER CONFUSION More fantastic rubbish on one but ignorami can credit