ET EXTRA: Food And Water Optional

10 May

“An 83-year-old Indian holy man who says he has spent seven decades without food or water has astounded a team of military doctors who studied him during a two-week observation period.”
-from “‘Starving yogi’ astounds Indian scientists,”

What do the principles of Engineering Thinking tell you about the above story?

-Ed Walker



2 responses to “ET EXTRA: Food And Water Optional

  1. Barbara LoFrisco

    May 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    They observed him for a 2 week period- so the only thing we know is that he didn’t have food or water for 2 weeks. We don’t know what he has done for the 7 years he is claiming to have been without food and water. Other explanations- language barrier? Cultural meaning? “Without food and water” is actually a metaphor?

    • engineeringthinking

      May 11, 2010 at 1:53 pm

      True, plus we don’t even know that he didn’t have food or water for two weeks; we only know that the people observing him thought that to be the case. How careful were they in their observations? There is a long history of folks claiming all sorts of super or paranormal powers, who upon careful scrutiny have been shown to not have such powers, but to have instead the charlatan’s skills required to fool naive observers. In this case, “(Jani’s) only contact with any kind of fluid was during gargling and bathing periodically during the period.” Therefore Jani regularly had a source of water available where he could surreptitiously consume some, particularly during gargling.


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