[Reader-list] 'Krishna existed. The school texts are wrong':says nuclear scientist
murali.chalam at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 13:49:08 IST 2009
The final outcome would atleast bring peace of mind to the waring parties.
On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 12:25 PM, Rakesh Iyer<rakesh.rnbdj at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Taraprakash
> "Such activities" in this case constitutes simply research on subjects which
> will not have any significant impact on the lives of people, the
> significance being measured in terms of well-being of the people. Some part
> of this significance is measurable in terms of health care available,
> literacy rates, infant mortality rate and so on. Some part of it is related
> to happiness, which can be varying for different people. I do agree that
> certain people may say that if the existence of Krishna was proved, people
> may be happy, but happiness can't be the sole evaluative measure of
> well-being. Moreover, there are so many poor who are happy and take their
> life with all the struggles in the best way they can, so again it can't be
> the sole source, though in some quantity is important.
> But again, the measure of happiness is something which depends upon
> individuals, and I believe for most of the individuals it would hardly be a
> concern whether Krishna existed or not. Of course, you are free to refuse to
> accept it.
> Regarding public funds, what I meant is that public funds should be spent
> based on a public discussion and understanding the costs and benefits
> associated with such research, also including costs of not spending the
> money on other areas as well. It's like an economist's method of calculating
> costs, not an accountant's method.
> I am not sure it has been used or not uptil now. What I mean to say is that
> I believe it shouldn't be used at a personal level, but if say a choice
> comes, let there be public discussion on the subject with arguments from all
> sides before making an 'informed' decision.
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