GUWAHATI, April 16 � The Nyaya approach of Indian philosophy advocates for accepting only those things which have good evidence in their support, while the Mimamsa approach of the Indian philosophical tradition is mostly for negating the Hetu�s (reasoning). Nyaya is close to the scientific approach, which speaks of arriving at conclusions basing on observations only. Science stands for the universal truths.
This was the observation made by noted science educator Dr TV Venkateswaran, scientist �F� of the Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India. He was speaking at a two-day national- level workshop for the mediapersons of the NE region, which started at the Guwahati Planetarium here today.
The Nyaya approach says that everything that one perceives is not a perception. A perception is that which can be justified. If one can make a realistic observation on something, one can have a perception of that object/matter etc, said Dr Venkateswaran.
The modern notion of science also says that one should accept those things which could be tested. In fact, science is for evidences and their acceptabilities, he said, referring to the observations made by Aristotle and Arya Bhatta on the shape of the Earth.
The programme, which was inaugurated by noted amateur astronomer UN Deka at a function presided over by Prof Anil Kumar Goswami, a leading figure of the State�s popular science movement, was also addressed by former director of the Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC), HC Dutta as a guest of honour.