Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Deepak Chopra is a fraud: Fox News' Neil Cavuto has New Age wacko Deepak Chopra on to talk about Hurricane Katrina's aftermath or something -- the second Chopra came on I turned the channel. Why? Because Chopra is a frauda.
I first saw Chopra on the Oprah Winfrey show in the summer of 1993. I was renting a room while I worked as a poorly-paid intern at the Lompoc Record. (For the record, just about anyone who is willing to rent out a room is at the very least a little weird. These people were a lot weird.)
I'd come home for a late lunch and Oprah was interviewing Chopra and he was trying to demonstrate the power of the mind. He had Oprah holding a length of string between her thumb and index finger with a washer tied to one end. Oprah was directed to hold it tightly and get it spinning in one direction. Once it started she was told to hold her hand still and Chopra kept on directing her to direct her "energy" at the washer to get it to spin in the other direction.
About 30-45 seconds later it happened. Oprah had used the power of her mind to cause the whirling washer to reverse. At least, that's what Oprah -- and her fans like the woman I was renting the room from -- believed.
I, however, had taken a physics course in college. The power of the mind was really a build-up of tension within the string itself eventually overcoming the momentum of the twirling washer. Let's see Deepak Chopra keep the washer going in the same direction for two minutes.
Needless to say, ever since then I've had nothing for disdain for the charlatan -- and anyone who actually believes anything he says.