Modus.Ponens wrote:Venerable, Did Rahula have children before ordaining?
Modus.Ponens wrote:The mathematical result implies more than that. It says that if the lineage of, say, Buddha's grandfather didn't extinguished, all of the population in earth are his direct descendents.
Modus.Ponens wrote:The model is simplified. There is another more sophisticated model in which the date in which the humanity is exactly divided into two groups (those who are our direct ascendents and those who don't have descendents today) is earlier than 550 AC. There are two explanations for Gengis Khan not being the gret-...-great grandfather of said person: he either doesn't have direct descendents or because he is inside the period where the wrold doesn't divides in two said groups.
Don't be so quick to dismiss mathematical models. An outdated model such as Newton's for gravity which has around 350 years is still used to model the trajectory of satelites and probes. It is impossible, as far as we know, to prove that a mathematical model is the correct one. But that doesn't mean that its predictions aren't remarkably accurate.
John1122 wrote:didn't the Buddha renounce his fathers lineage?