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Pseudo-scientific sessions at 106th Indian Science Congress in Punjab decried
It seems that over the last few years, Indian Science Congress has been including certain non-scientific, pseudo-scientific and non-sense presentations during its proceedings. A friend from UK, Dr Om Prakash Arora, emailed a clipping in this regard and wondered why such presentations were allowed.

The mythological tales of ancient scriptures were touted as scientific discoveries and some rituals as well as home remedies as scientific processes. The 100 Kaurvas were touted as test-tube babies; Dashavatara as more viable theory of evolution; restoration of cosmic order; and many more based on faulty assumptions, misconceptions and pseudo-scientific notions.

Many scientists have decried such sessions during the 106th Indian Science Congress held in Punjab. The conference is attended by thousand scientists from India and abroad and was earlier deemed as one of most meaningful conferences in the world. I too had attended the 100th Indian Science Congress held in Kolkata at which I had presented a paper in the area of cognitive sciences related to teaching of science. There was a norm=based review and security of the papers and presentations.

One presenter went to the extent of calling some of his propositions as 'Narendra Modi Waves' and 'Harsh Vardhan effect'. The Times of India has carried out on the of the propositions in its Sunday edition of January 6.

However, the organisers of Indian Science Congress have distanced themselves from such sessions and promised to investigate how such presentations were approved and allowed.

It needs to be understood that science is  process-based study and systematic codification of nature and its events. The nature of science is characterised by its being objective (recorded as observed, quantification, logical, unbiased, valid); reliability (process-basing, replicable, measurement, testing, verification);  dynamic (Tentative but refine-able, on-going, new discoveries, better theories). There are two sciences - hard or pure sciences and soft sciences. Rest all is pseudo-science.

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