Yet, this platitude is neither complete, nor accurate as Mr. Let’s assume for a moment that by ‘looking at the universe’ Mr. He seems to suggest that turning our sensors to the vastness of the universe teaches us nothing about the nature of matter.In reality, astrophysics is crucial to our understanding of the nature of matter.The first argument has absolutely no scientific basis.The second assertion is a vague claim at best and false at worst, depending on how generous we are in interpreting it. Vasudev is aware of the quest for understanding dark matter and dark energy, then he is willfully misrepresenting facts because this is indeed a very hot area of research.The above video is a case study of sorts into how self-styled modern day ‘gurus’ make their woo-laden sermons appealing to the educated middle class.In general, the educated middle class (in India and elsewhere) is not educated well enough to reject pseudoscience, yet people remember enough science from high school to be awed by popular (mis)representations.Since most people last encounter rigorous science in high school, much of what one should know about science is forgotten later in life. Vasudev seems to appeal are in this demography and know just enough science to ‘understand’ the dishonest and incorrect (pseudo)scientific claims of self-styled gurus. Vasudev’s cunning and unprecedented use of ‘they’ and ‘us’ to refer to scientists and his followers suggests that he seeks to represent his organization as a ‘only path to ‘-type cult.Jaggi Vasudev fails to recognize that scientific progress is a remarkable by-product of human ingenuity.
Using intelligently misrepresented scientific concepts, Jaggi Vasudev willfully seeks to discredit the method of science so that his followers adopt his supposedly superior philosophies.For starters, early particle physics involved studying cosmic rays in cloud chambers. Vasudev could have been useful to the popularization of science and the scientific method had he played on this platitude and suggested to his followers that they build cloud chambers to study cosmic rays, which is an interesting DIY project for a weekend.Such an exercise would teach us much more about the universe than any of Mr. Actually, there is no better place to look for Higgs-Boson or any other sub-atomic particle, than in cosmic rays.His claim that ‘Higgs boson has a mass of certain significance’ is not accurate enough to qualify as science.The Higgs-boson is a part of the standard model of physics and there have been several attempts at explaining the significance of its discovery, such as the video below by Jorge Cham of Vasudev ignorantly claims that 1) yoga attempts to realize the space between particles, 2) scientists seek answers to the same questions (about the space between particles), but have given up on their attempt.He attempts a vague exposition on basic physics, by using unsubstantiated but accurate-sounding accounts of the history of modern physics.