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A category of experiments called Thought Experiments are considered doyens among the pillars that support and exemplify process of Enquiry. Some of the examples include Schrodinger's Cat in a box, Zeno's paradox, Einstein's Chasing a beam of light and some lesser known ones such as Maxwell's Demon, Brain-in-a-vat, Ship of Theseus and Prisoner's Dilemma.

This leads to the obvious question: What are some of the exemplars of specific thought experiments that have been devised historically within Hinduism that unequivocally reveal and/or justify specific ideas of Vedas?

  • Your question, as currently posed is rather unclear, and it could also lead to a lot of opinion-based speculation. First of all, I don't think any of the thought experiments you listed involve the scientific method, except perhaps in some extremely metaphorical sense that you understand and I don't. And second of all, the way your title is worded could lead people to think that you're looking for the scientific accomplishments of Hinduism, which could lead to a lot of speculation. – Keshav Srinivasan Nov 15 '17 at 19:20
  • I think you'd be better off asking a simple question like "What thought experiments are found in Hindu scripture?" or something, without all the baggage involving psychonauts, the scientific method, higher states of consciousness, etc. – Keshav Srinivasan Nov 15 '17 at 19:22
  • Or, if you're not actually interested in Ship of Theseus-style of thought experiments, but instead want to know about meditations that lead to higher state of consciousness, then you can ask about that. For instance the Brahma Sutras describe how meditating upon the 32 Brahmavidyas leads to Brahmajnana which leads to Moksha. And the Yoga Sutras describe how various kinds of meditation lead to different kinds of Siddhis or magical powers. – Keshav Srinivasan Nov 15 '17 at 19:26
  • @KeshavSrinivasan Thanks, I have rephrased my question. – DirghaChintayanti Nov 15 '17 at 19:51
  • OK, it's still not perfectly clear to me, but it's good enough to reopen. – Keshav Srinivasan Nov 15 '17 at 20:10

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