Yogi Guru Appropriates Term "Nanotechnology"

Yogi Guru Appropriates Term “Nanotechnology”

As could be expected after witnessing their rank abuse of the term “quantum,” it was only a matter of time before the meme-thieves in the reality-challenged community set their sights on nanotech. Amazing how these know-nothings are such wannabes when it comes to science. If they felt so good about what they had to offer, they’d stick to their own terms:

New Delhi, Sep 20 – Using yoga to treat a disease is just another example of using nanotechnology in medicine, according to leading yoga and spiritual guru Swami Ramdev. ‘In yoga, we use breathing techniques to treat a disease. This provides oxygen to the affected parts of the body,’ said Ramdev during a talk on science and spirituality ‘Bridging the gap: Nanohealth’, held as part of the fifth global knowledge millennium summit on bio and nano technology here Thursday. ‘Just as nanotechnology has the potential to send nano particles within the body system to seek out and treat afflicted parts, pranayam in yoga sends oxygen to the remotest parts inside the body which need oxygen for cure,’ he said.

No, Swami, that’s metabolism. Nanotechnology is the assembly of atoms with deliberate purpose, one at a time, to create nanomachines that do useful work and/or mimic the processes of life:

Nanotechnology refers broadly to a field of applied science and technology whose unifying theme is the control of matter on the molecular level in scales smaller than 1 micrometre, normally 1 to 100 nanometers, and the fabrication of devices within that size range.

It is a highly multidisciplinary field, drawing from fields such as applied physics, materials science, colloidal science, device physics, supramolecular chemistry, and even mechanical and electrical engineering. Much speculation exists as to what new science and technology may result from these lines of research. Nanotechnology can be seen as an extension of existing sciences into the nanoscale, or as a recasting of existing sciences using a newer, more modern term.

Two main approaches are used in nanotechnology. In the “bottom-up” approach, materials and devices are built from molecular components which assemble themselves chemically by principles of molecular recognition. In the “top-down” approach, nano-objects are constructed from larger entities without atomic-level control. The impetus for nanotechnology comes from a renewed interest in colloidal science, coupled with a new generation of analytical tools such as the atomic force microscope (AFM), and the scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Combined with refined processes such as electron beam lithography and molecular beam epitaxy, these instruments allow the deliberate manipulation of nanostructures, and led to the observation of novel phenomena.

Let’s see you try that with pranayam.

Comments (2 comments)

a / September 30th, 2008, 1:02 pm / #1


Happy&Free: .) / September 30th, 2008, 7:43 pm / #2

Who?! Sean or the Yogi?!

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