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The Scientist and the Avatar

The Scientist and the Avatar

The guest this week In Conversation with Noel Cheer on Triangle Television is Professor Ganesan Venkataraman, one of India’s most prestigious scientists. A Fellow of the Indian Academy of Science, he has attracted many honours and has published extensively in physics – including quantum physics -- at both the ‘learned’ and the ‘popular’ level.

He has also applied his enormous learning to his country’s religious traditions and is a devotee of the guru, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, regarded by his followers as an avatar, or manifestation, of the Hindu god Krishna.

Prof. Venkataraman’s study of the Hindu sacred scripture, the Ramayana, suggests to him where our understanding of the structure of reality is taking us. He thinks that ancient perceptions can inform leading edge western quantum physics which itself can be seen as a radical departure from everyday intuitive Newtonian physics.

Furthermore he looks forward to a world enriched by “Politics with principles, education with character, science with humanity, and commerce with morality.”

Triangle Television, Wednesday 3rd of October at 7:00pm and repeated Thursday 4th of October at 12 noon.

Triangle Television, the home of original public broadcasting, can be received in the Auckland region on UHF Channels 41, 42 and 52.

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In Conversation with Noel Cheer receives funding from New Zealand on Air. This has enabled Triangle Television to introduce viewers to over 200 New Zealanders on Air, as well as stimulating overseas visitors to New Zealand, during nearly 6 years of unbroken weekly broadcasting.


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