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outlook through literacy' has increased in post-independence India, productivity in modern science was decidedly superior prior to that (Bose, Raman and Saha, to name a few). Today we unabashedly import technology to make aerated water and potato chips. Thus, an objective examination of the facts constrains us to scientifically conclude that there is an inverse correlation between scientific-temper and scientific-creativity. Niels Bohr, who carried a yin-yang symbol in his coat of arms, was fond of underscoring the need for an undogmatic approach to science. His favourite anecdote was about a fellow scientist who kept a horse-shoe, considered a good-luck charm by the ' unscientific', in his laboratory. On being questioned about his belief in such a superstition, the scientist replied unfazed, "I am told it works even if I don't believe, in it". Bohr went on to insist that while the opposite of a correct statement is a false statement, the opposite of a profound truth is often another profound truth. Thus it is that whereas modern science considers the heart muscles to be involuntary, yogis routinely stop their heart-beats for long periods. Saying with Mao, "Let a thousand flowers bloom, let a thousand schools of thought contend", China has guiltlessly used acupuncture side by side with modern medicine. Japan's progress is an instance of combining western science with a Zen world-view. It is remarkable that since eastern philosophy is inward-looking, it does not clash with any scientific paradigm

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