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The nature of light in Indian epistemology
Author(s): Subhash Kak
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Paper Abstract

Indian epistemology is of interest to the physicist for its framework of reality includes observers in a fundamental manner. The nature of light in this epistemology is presented with a background on the principal ideas related to space, time and matter. In the Indian physics tradition of Vaiseshika, observables arise as a consequence of motion of which two kinds, intrinsic and extrinsic, are postulated. The atom in itself is not observable for it is taken to be an abstraction with a potential to acquire various attributes based on multiplied arrangements and vibrations. Other Indian approaches to epistemology privilege the subject over matter. In contrast to Western approaches where it is an epiphenomenon, consciousness is taken to have a real existence.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8121, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV, 81211G (29 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.895338
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Subhash Kak, Oklahoma State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8121:
The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Andrei Yu. Khrennikov; Al F. Kracklauer, Editor(s)

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