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Did ancient Hindu texts describe the existence of photons as early as 3100 BCE?

I believe the answer is that it's undoubtedly non-factual. The linked text confuses the terms the manuscript tries to discuss. I am positive that the Bhagavata passage is a reiteration of a much older ...
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Can blindfolded people read and see through extra sensory perception?

By the highly sophisticated supernatural trick known as "peeking". Blindfolding is a notoriously unreliable way of blocking vision. Unless you used a semi-rigid blindfold, molded to fit the face, ...
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Did the Indian Mathematician Aryabhata state that the earth was round and calculate diameter of earth

What the text says There is an English translation of The Aryabhatiya with notes is available online. Regarding the spherical Earth, the text says (page 64 of the book) The sphere of he Earth, ...
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Was the Nazi Hakenkreuz logo based on the Indic swastika?

tl;dr: The words "Hakenkreuz" and "swastika" describe one and the same symbol, one time in Sanskrit and English, one time in German. Some believe that this 'is' an ancient Germanic ...
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Is there a Hindu cult in India that drink cow urine to cure diseases?

Cow urine is considered a best remedy for all diseases in Ayurveda. INNOVATIVE NATUROPATHY COW URINE AND HERBAL EXTRACTS: A TRAILBLAZER REMEDY By Dr. Farida P. Minocheherhomji Ayurveda is an aspect ...
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Do "all" present-day Subcontinental Muslims have a "Hindu" ancestry?

The precise claim is still quite vague to me. What exactly is meant by "Hindu ancestry"? It isn't like there is some specific Hindu gene we can test for, as far as I can tell. If the details ...
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Was the Nazi Hakenkreuz logo based on the Indic swastika?

You don't need to know Hitler's inner motives. They were quite out there. To be more precise, the motives to use swastikas were out there for Coca-Cola, Boy Scouts and California fruit producers. The ...
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Does this statue outside a school in India depict a Hindu Brahmin begging in front of Virgin Mary?

The statue does not depict a Brahmin begging in front of Mary. It depicts the story of Our Lady of Good Health, a 16th century apparition of Mary to a shepherd boy, who would have been of a lower ...
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Are the various claims regarding Ancient Indian Science made in the AICTE/MHRD new book "Bharatiya Vidya Sar" for a Indian Elective Course true?

5.The speed of light has been accurately mentioned in Rigveda The speed of light is not mentioned in the Rig Veda. Instead, as stated in footnote b of page 132 of Rig-Veda-sanhita (1850) ...
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Did the vedas accurately describe the planetary system like elliptical orbits and Sun being the centre?

(This answer is only to the original part of the question, concerning 3 verses of the rig veda). An earlier version of the claim was printed in the 7 November 2015 Hamara Prayas: The Monthly ...
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Did the Garuda Purana explain the formation of embryo and consciousness before modern science?

Yes, this text matches some knowledge about embryos, but it's not scientific knowledge. This information could have been acquired through simple observation. In one night it becomes a lump; by the ...
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Is the Hindu deity Ganesha considered vegetarian by Hindus?

The specific Australian ad involved lamb and there is a tradition of offering a lamb's head to Ganesha. According to Fact and Theory in Social Science (1964) at pages 213-214: Still later in the ...
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Is RSS offering Rs 500000 to Muslims to convert to Hinduism?

The claim that RSS is offering 500000 to Muslims first appeared after the "Agra religious conversions 2014" incident. Wikipedia says: On 8 December 2014, Hindu nationalist groups affiliated to the ...
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Did the Indian Mathematician Aryabhata state that the earth was round and calculate diameter of earth

The roundness of the Earth was well-known in Greek Antiquity. For example, Aristotle gives three different arguments, circa 350 BCE. Besides the three in that article, he is apparently also ...
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