In Ridicule of Deepak Chopra

h5Millions have read his books worldwide, hanging on to his every word and lavishing uncritical and unthinking praise on his every word. Is this man the genius he wants us all to believe he is? Or is just another cheap trickster playing tricks on the gullible and the spiritually naive?

April 4th 2010 3.40pm. An earthquake registering 7.2 on the Richter scale hits Baja in Mexico.

Twenty minutes later, renowned New Age guru and bullshit artist Deepak Chopra tweets “Had a powerful meditation just now – caused an earthquake in Southern California – was meditating about on Shiva mantra & earth began to shake. Sorry about that.”

What a load of absolute bollocks. Anyone who actually believes this kind of stuff is terminally stupid, and yet there are tens of thousands of just such terminally stupid people out there. They keep buying Chopra’s books and cling to his pearls of wisdom as if they were er… well, pearls of wisdom.

Chopra was a follower of the great Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – he of the Rolls Royce collection (one for every day of the year) the Beatles, a reputation for separating the really stupid from their money, and a penchant for young girls.

Chopra claims that his techniques, teachings, drivel, whatever you want to call it, are the real thing, based on the principle that it’s all part and parcel of quantum physics. Well who could argue? Not me for a start, because I haven’t the first clue about quantum physics. But neither have most people. Mention quantum physics or the Quantum Universe to most people and most people will readily admit they haven’t the first clue either. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Deepak Chopra on the other hand has no such scruples (or maybe no brains) when he bangs on about how quantum physics or quantum mechanics provides rationales for everything, from the existence of God, to telekenesis, to starting earthquakes… Actually it doesn’t. In Scientific American (October 2010) Lawrence M. Krauss (theoretical physicist, Foundation Professor and director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University) states that having read numerous pieces by him [Chopra] “nothing I have read, however, suggests he has enough understanding of quantum mechanics to pass an undergraduate course I might teach on the subject”

Well said! I may not know the first thing about quantum mechanics, but I recognise bullshit when I see it. Shame Arizona State University doesn’t offer a course on that: Chopra would pass with flying colours.

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