NIAS Wednesday Discussion: “Truth through Nonviolence” by Posina Venkata Rayudu, Lecture Hall, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting


Topic: “Truth through Nonviolence”

Speaker: Posina Venkata Rayudu

Research Fellow, Consciousness Studies Programme, NIAS    


Chairperson:  B V Sreekantan

Hon. Visiting Professor, School of Humanities, NIAS   


Date: 10th August, 2016

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS


All are cordially invited

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Abstract: What is reality? How do we know? Answers to these foundational questions of ontology and epistemology, based on Mahatma Gandhi’s “experiments with truth”, are: reality is nonviolent (in the sense of not-inconsistent), and nonviolence (in the sense of respecting-meaning) is the only means of knowing. Be that as it may, science is what we think of when we think of reality and knowing. How does Gandhi’s nonviolence, discovered in his spiritual quest for Truth, relate to the scientific pursuit of truth? Here we show that Gandhian nonviolent knowing of nonviolent reality is an abstraction of both individual knowing (looking, reasoning) and collective scientific knowing (measurements, calculations). Specifically, Gandhi’s truth-through-nonviolence is a law-like summation of the methods of physics (“do not disturb” of measurements) and of mathematics (“do not tear” of calculations) that are used to know. Moreover, physics (with its lawful behaviour of bodies) and biology (in preserving the meaning of genetic code) do affirm that the defining attribute of reality is nonviolence. In light of these correspondences, the Mahatma’s derivation of a universal method of knowing (nonviolence of preserving-structure) from a universal truth (nonviolence of consistent-becoming) constitutes a science-supported general theory of reality and knowing.

About the Speaker: Mr. Posina Venkata Rayudu did extensive research in both experimental and theoretical neurosciences at Harvard Medical School, National Brain Research Centre, and The Salk Institute. He is currently a NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme Research Fellow.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016