26-Oct-2013, 10:25 PM

So today I came across this hilarious piece on Facebook.

According to the link if you can't see it, the Hanuman Chalisa calculates the actual distance to the sun by 1 Yuga x 1 Sahsra x 1 Yojana = 12000 x 1000 x 8 = 96,000,000 miles = 153,600,000 km which is the approximate Earth-Sun distance.

Therefore whoever wrote the Hanuman Chalisa was an accomplished astronomer. How do you debunk stuff like this (Apart from the fact that it's quite possible to calculate the distance empirically by calculating the angle between planets and ancient Greeks and others already did)

Is there a logical fallacy that is applicable here? Can you call this a case of cum hoc, ergo propter hoc?

According to the link if you can't see it, the Hanuman Chalisa calculates the actual distance to the sun by 1 Yuga x 1 Sahsra x 1 Yojana = 12000 x 1000 x 8 = 96,000,000 miles = 153,600,000 km which is the approximate Earth-Sun distance.

Therefore whoever wrote the Hanuman Chalisa was an accomplished astronomer. How do you debunk stuff like this (Apart from the fact that it's quite possible to calculate the distance empirically by calculating the angle between planets and ancient Greeks and others already did)

Is there a logical fallacy that is applicable here? Can you call this a case of cum hoc, ergo propter hoc?