LIVE Conversations with Indian Elders in the Diaspora – Part 3 Join us THIS SUNDAY for the 131st weekly ICC (+AGI) ZOOM Public Meeting.
“Though the practices of astrology and astronomy have common roots, there is an important distinction in astrology vs astronomy today. Astronomy is the study of the universe and its contents outside of Earth’s atmosphere. Astronomers examine the positions, motions, and properties of celestial objects. Astrology attempts to study how those positions, motions, and properties affect people and events on Earth….
“Astrology continued to be part of mainstream science until the late 1600s, when Isaac Newton demonstrated some of the physical processes by which celestial bodies affect each other. In doing so, he showed that the same laws that make, say, an apple fall from a tree, also apply to the motions of the celestial sphere. Since then, astronomy has evolved into a completely separate field, where predictions about celestial phenomena are made and tested using the scientific method. In contrast, astrology is now regarded as a pastime and not scientific.” Source: https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-resources
Some of the questions that will be addressed in our discussions include:
● How does astronomy help us to study how to prolong the survival of our species?
● What is the Sun’s influence on Earth’s climate, and how does it affect weather, water levels, etc.
● How does astronomy shape our construction of religion?
● Why are some celestial bodies, such as the Sun, personified, revered and worshipped by traditional Asian Indian religious followers?
● Is astronomy used to orient certain sacred buildings and burial sites to align with the cosmos?
● Why are some planets, particularly the Moon, used to mark certain Hindu and Islamic events?
● How and why does the observation of solar and lunar cycles influence people to anticipate seasonal change, and determine their agricultural and livestock activities?
● What is the science behind these beliefs and behaviours?
Please join us THIS SUNDAY for the 125th weekly ICC ZOOM Public Meeting, October 23, 2022 at (1.00 p.m. Belize), (3.00 p.m. New York/Eastern time), (3.00 p.m. Trinidad/Atlantic time), (3.00 p.m. Guyana), (4.00 p.m. Suriname), (8.00 p.m. England), (9.00 p.m. South Africa), (Sun 12 midnight, India, ND), (Mon 7.00 a.m. Fiji).
The Influence of Astronomy on Indian Culture & Traditions:
How the Moon, Stars & Planets affect our lives, scientifically
RICAUD AUCKBUR (Mauritius) - President of the Mauritius Astronomical Society,
His lifelong interest in astronomy led him to study for his MSc in physics in Marseille, France.
COMETAN (BRANDON REECE TAYLORIAN) (UK) - British scholar of astronomical religion known for developing a theory of an Astronic religious tradition based on astronomical observations.
DR. DINESH PATHAK (India) - Lecturer in Physics at the University of West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus, Trinidad. Former visiting scientist at Queen’s University Kingston, Canada.
PROFESSOR SHIRIN HAQUE (Trinidad) - Professor of Astronomy at UWI. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence in Science & Technology laureate. Only woman to receive a CARICOM Science award.
Followed by Q&A
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