Challenge to NDTV Imagine Program

For the last three decades The Rationalists Association has challenged all claims to the paranormal and occult powers. Each and every claim confirming reincarnation has been investigated into. In all the cases there were frauds and/or misunderstandings. There was also gross ignorance about human psychology added to unscrupulous media hype. The truth was revealed in all the instances in books and magazines (collected in a volume by Prabir Ghosh: Aloukik noy Loukik, Part 4). We challenge the revelations connected to ‘previous life’ as shown in the program “Raaz Pichhle Janam ka”, and demand immediate discontinuation of the show. Prabir Ghosh G.S., Science & Rationalist Association of India
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11 Responses to “Challenge to NDTV Imagine Program”

  1. Shankar .N 4 January 2010 at 10:50 AM #

    There are many laws in the country which even if enforced partially will go a long way in reducing the intensity of superstitious belief . We have started importing Chinese superstitions along with their goods! fengshu and the like . good work , Pl keep it going.

  2. viewer 9 January 2010 at 12:43 AM #

    I strongly condemn this petition against the show. This show is a new concept, the show attempts to throw some light to the darkest part of human brain and the mysterious world that science cannot prove it right or even cannot prove it wrong. Lets assume that the show is not real, still it is a show which has a novel concept of entertainment which is far better than those dancing and singing competitions which haunt each and every channel these days which most people hate to watch.

    Its just another subject which science has no answer for, similar to many unsolved and unexplained things which occur every day and every moment in this world. No science is a complete science. If it gets complete then it will not be called a ‘science’.

    Science (2010) is yet not capable to explore the depths of human mind and its powers. May be it will take another 1000 years to make your science recognise some truths..which were considered basics in our country some 1000 years ago.

    Poor science…..

  3. bob 9 January 2010 at 6:13 PM #

    your arguement is essentially this: “science does not have all the answers, therefore any answer made up on the spot by any guru on absolutely grounds is worthy of serious consideration.”

    I hope I don’t need to tell you where this reasoning goes wrong.

    A statement having been considered ‘basic’ 1000 years ago does not add to its credibility. maybe science will reach the same conclusions, maybe not (most probably not, if you ask me). However, I can list thousands of statements once considered ‘basic’ that are demonstrably false.

  4. bob 9 January 2010 at 6:20 PM #

    besides, if the show would accept the challenge, and submit to scientific scrutiny, Science most likely could be prove these particular claims wrong or right. Science’s lack of definate answers is no excuse to accept any claims without standards of evidence.

  5. bob 9 January 2010 at 6:25 PM #

    “…still it is a show which has a novel concept of entertainment…”

    Though I disagree, I will ccept that the show has an entertainment value for the sake of argument. This does not excuse any deliberate deception. It is disgraceful. If the show aims to entertain, then it should have a disclaimer, at the start, e.g “This show is for entertainment only. any supernatural claims are not to be taken seriously”.

  6. pinakighosh 11 January 2010 at 2:01 PM #

    I agree with Bob. The show should carry a disclaimer like many other horror shows carry: “This show is for entertainment only. any supernatural claims are not to be taken seriously”.

  7. sraimrinal 12 January 2010 at 1:26 PM #

    Realy a good work done by PRABIR GHOSH. He has challenged so many and he has been never defeated. My request to NDTV please face the challenge and disclose the real truth OR don’t try to make us FOOL.

  8. gogoi.monjit 16 January 2010 at 9:01 AM #

    we are with you prabir bhai. go ahed. we are also waiting such a world where there is no any place for superstition,blind beliefs etc……

  9. Dr Neha 19 January 2010 at 11:11 PM #

    I tried watching an episode of this programme in which the paid “victim” was a bollywood actress celina jaitley.That episode itself reveals the truth! Its nothing about the “pichhla janam”. She sees her dog in that so called “pichhla janam’, then she tries connecting her present abdominal pain to the cause of death in previous two births and much more. The way we see people in our dreams, whom we have seen around us when we are not sleeping, she just saw and tried to connect those things in a dream like sequence!
    This is really sad that such a programme is being shown on the television to encourage people to believe in superstitions and “pichhla janam”.

  10. 24 January 2010 at 11:38 AM #

    The media and the cantankerous publicity mongers have always been bent upon spreading superstitions to cash upon the gullibility of the people around. The phenomenon of hypnosis has been and continues to be one among the many subjects the crooks employ to propagate superstitions in the name of extrasensory experiences. It is high time that the scientific basis of hypnosis is made threadbare for the public to assimilate and to understand what hypnotism is all about and what way it can help the people. I give below a brief description on hypnotism for analysis and assimilation:

    The phenomenon that we call “Hypnotism” has been in practice long before the Middle Ages. The power that generates this ‘mystic state’ was believed to be and explained away in the name of supposed supernatural forces; some called it ‘Oedic force,’ others named it ‘animal magnetism’ and yet many explained it as the power that comes through and out of ‘sixth sense.’

    Priests in the temples of ancient Egypt, India and Greece practiced this art through ‘mediums’, for oracular prophesies. Later in the eighteenth century, one Austrian physician named Franz Anton Mesmer widely employed this phenomenon for curing of mental ailments. It is after the name Mesmer that this phenomenon happened to be also called the “mesmerism”, in later years.

    Scientific study of hypnotism started with the work of English surgeon from Manchester, Dr. James Braid who coined the word “hypnotism”, and the word having its origin to ‘hypnos’ which means natural sleep. Hypnotism and natural sleep have certain resemblances, but both are not the same.

    Sleep is the resultant impact of the nerve cells in the central nervous system getting inactive, restful and inhibited and the consequential spread of the inhibition to other parts of the brain and to the physic. Sleep-like state can be produced by employing artificial means, say, by the use of narcotic drugs or by directing repeated suggestions or with the help of certain devises the stimuli released by which cause excessive excitation of nerve cells resulting in the introduction of artificial inhibition in one or more than one of the sensory centres. The artificial state of inhibition produced by or through repeated suggestions or through devises other than drugs is called hypnotism.

    Hypnotism is a real scientific phenomenon. During hypnotic state, the subject would remain responsive to the words and actions of the hypnotist while the subject would not be responsive to the words of others. There is no mystery in this aspect of the spectrum: During natural sleep as well as during hypnosis, certain points in the brain centres would remain alert, the alert points may be called “sentry posts”. The sentry posts get rapport with serious ‘concerns’ of safety of the physic. A mother sleeping with her loved, new born child may not wake up even if one tries to wake her up. But the moment her child starts crying, the mother would abruptly wake up. Such is the sensibility of sentry post.

    Hypnotist gets rapport with the subject or the hypnotized, through the activation of sentry post. This elemental fact is used for treatment of certain mental derangement by specialist therapists. Sentry posts keep suggestions made during hypnotic sleep in memory to be remembered and acted upon, on awakening from the trance, in accordance with the suggestions imposed by the Hypnotist. This process is called .post hypnotic suggestions and they would remain in the memory of the hypnotized subject until removed through reverse suggestions.

    Many mental and related physical ailments can be cured through Hypnotism, the principle behind the effectiveness of hypnotic therapy being the work of the sentry post and conditioned reflexes formed through and by repetitive suggestions. Hypnotism has also been employed to reduce the impact of severe pains as well as keeping the physic in anesthesia like state and also for helping pregnant women pleasant delivery devoid of anxiety and pains.

    Hypnotism is not a panacea for all mental or other diseases. Hypnotism need have to be practiced, by properly qualified physicians, psychologists and other properly trained persons who are experts in physiological psychology

    (Copy right: Dr. P K Narayanan)

  11. 22 May 2014 at 8:54 PM #

    There’s definately a great deal to know about this subject.
    I love all of the points you made.

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