Would you believe it that there are newspapers that report total bs without an apology? Here’s one from the newpaper DNA with the rather puzzling slogan “Read the world” : a yogi has gone without food or water for 65 years. That’s an extraordinary claim. But it does not stop there. There are “scientists” who are seriously investigating the claim. That the more extraordinary bit.
These so-called scientists don’t understand the most fundamental of universal laws — that of conservation of energy. All processes in nature involve the exchange of energy. If the yogi walks up the stairs, he is using energy. If the yogi is breathing, he is using energy — besides, the only reason for breathing is that it gets oxygen into the blood which then circulates it for the various processes within the body which generate energy through oxidation.
From time to time, we get these charlatans. There are IIT profs who investigate how some idiot converts water into petroleum using some sticks. Then these investigate milk-drinking Ganesh statues.
The claim that a living being can live — which involves the expenditure of energy — without any input of energy — through food and drink — goes against a fundamental feature of the universe. These claims are made by people, perhaps including the yogi himself. It is of course possible that the yogi indeed has some powers that allow him to tap into some form of energy that is unknown to the current state of physics knowledge. It is also possible that these claims are false. The latter is more probable. Indeed, it is more likely that those making the claim are telling lies than the likelihood that there is a yet undiscovered source of energy and further that humans can tap into that source.
Let’s remember what David Hume wrote about 250 years ago: “No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish.”
This is clearly a case of extraordinary claims being investigated by the extraordinarily gullible.