Is Ramajunan a prophet?

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How do we know if someone is a prophet?

Imagine Bob saying you go to heaven if you give me $100. Bob may be a prophet for saying things we don’t know. However, we can’t verify his saying. He can also be a scoundrel.

Bob can say, my words are true. Look at the sunrise in the east. Here, we can verify Bob’s words. However, it doesn’t mean Bob is a prophet. That’s because most humans also know that the sun rises in the east.

I think I know how to test a prophet. What about if we ask him something that we don’t know is true but we can verify. Things like solutions to NP complete problems with sufficient .

Or price of bitcoins tomorrow (Jewish torah suggest something similar)? Or solutions to some math tricks.

Is Ramajunan a prophet then?

“He credited his acumen to his family goddess, Namagiri Thayar (Goddess Mahalakshmi) of Namakkal. He looked to her for inspiration in his work[12]:36 and said he dreamed of blood drops that symbolised her consort, Narasimha. Afterward he would receive visions of scrolls of complex mathematical content unfolding before his eyes.[12]:281 He often said, “An equation for me has no meaning unless it represents a thought of God.”[59]

Hardy cites Ramanujan as remarking that all religions seemed equally true to him.[12]:283

Or is it how “prophecy” really works. Someone has really really good cognitive function in some area that they impress a large number of people. People then attribute his insight into something divine.

For example, say I have a good interpersonal skill. I saw someone coming with dreadlock. I will say, do you have an african decent? The connection may not be obvious for most people. However, anyone with good interpersonal skill can guess that. Many tarot card readers count on tricks like this called cold reading.

The thing with Ramanujan is, he thinks he is a prophet of his goddess. The rest of us don’t believe it. Isn’t that how other prophets work?

Of course, in case of Ramanujan, we value him as a smart mathematician far more than we value him as another prophet. Prophets after all, rarely advance science or bring peace.

How do we know someone is a prophet?

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