lojong1 wrote:[ . . . ] Knowing that the Pali vocabulary would have been extremely limited in this field; seeing the various translations and how easily they are interpreted with entirely Western connotation; not knowing the translators' competence in seismology and related fields, not to mention my own ignorance -- for these reasons I'm not ready to say this earthquake bit contradicts current scientific findings--and much less willing to say it will always appear wrong.
Very good points, lojong.
"Gravitational wave is a concept of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity given in 1916. According to the theory, accelerating mass should radiate gravitational waves as accelerating charges radiate radio waves.
2,500 years from now the science will likely to be replaced by something entirely different... a system that is far more advanced, and much better according to the views of future beings who created it.
These future beings, (some of them highly respected practitioners within their own new field), will probably try to puzzle out why Einstein would claim that one's own family members are integral parts of Physics. This is their interpretation of the term "relativity".
It's based on the very few literatures that they still have available. These books are written in a bunch of obscure languages called "English", "German", etc. They'll also wonder why it seemed like so many people thought that his idea of relativity was brilliant.
They'll accuse Einstein of claiming that the gravity originated from oceans (along with the radio frequencies). This is their interpretation of the "waves". Kinda similar to how some people right now are puzzling out why the Buddha said that the liquids, fire, and "atmosphere" were what caused the earthquakes.
These future beings will not realize just how far away removed their own interpretations are from Einstein's own language. They will not notice just how completely wound up their own minds really are, within their own advanced, different ways of viewing things.
There will be absolutely no understanding of anything that Einstein said, just as long as these future beings' minds remain unliberated, from their own system....
I guess it's a good thing that this is exactly the sort of thing that the Buddha's Dhamma is for. (That is... if it's still around 2,500 years from now.)